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Ask Paul B: Fast and Furious — Do You Blame the Driver or Porsche Carrera GT “WIld Animal”?

Fri December 06 2013 3:24 pm
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Was the car to blame for Paul Walker’s accident? The Porsche Carerra GT is capable of going over 200 mph. Only about 1300 have been made with a rumor that already 25 percent are gone. A very hard car to drive with 620 horsepower and lack of electronic stability control.

Dear Paul B Readers,

A quite well known actor, Dad, and man about town died in a fiery crash on November 20th in Los Angeles. The car was found, on fire with the driver and Walker inside, up against a 45 mile per hour speed sign. I find this tragic, pathetic, meaningful, and so ironic. This man was 40 only forty years old, and left a fifteen year old daughter. Is this a tad bit life imitating art, the exact opposite or just a couple of immature men who haven’t had enough thrills in their lives? We’ll never really know, will we? Paul Walker was not the driver, but behind the wheels of a 600 horse-power, V-10 engine, was his buddy Roger Rodas. You have to believe that Walker had to love the speed of this car, as he earned his living in the high speed car chase genre of his Fast and Furious movie series fame.

Did these two men realize the instability at high speeds of the Porsche Carrera GT? Did they recognize that this was perhaps the “scariest street car” in production? Jay Leno spun out in this car and claimed that it was….yup….very difficult to control based on it’s powerful engine and light weight. That’s quite a factor, it’s power to weight ratio…since this car is manufactured with a carbon-fiber chasis…helping it to achieve even higher speeds than other vehicles. The problem is this…there is a lack of traction control on this car at higher speeds…Is this a car designed for the streets of Los Angeles or any city, for that matter?
Rodas was a licensed RACE driver, and had competed in several RACING EVENTS. No doubt, there are no speed limit signs on a race track, which is the ONLY place that this RACE CAR should have been driven. These two men did not need to die like this, and I thank God that they didn’t take five children with them who were standing on this corner at the time.

Paul B

CNN’s Kyung Lah sat alongside the owner of a rare Porsche Carerra GT to experience a ride in the fast lane in Calabasas, California with personal injury attorney and amateur race car driver Michael Weinreb.


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