The Killer Porsche: Carrera GT

by Allison Harvard

Road accidents and car crashes are almost always normal – unless it involves celebrities.  This weekend had been one of those.  Fast and Furious star, Paul Walker had been on his way to a charity event.  He and his pal, Roger Rodas, didn’t make it.

The investigation is ongoing but three of the main causes worth keeping eye on are inclusive of driver error, mechanical failure, or street racing.  The Hollywood community, as well as, a bevy of fans mourn.  The social media is a nice place to find proof over this unfortunate event’s effect over people across the globe.

And angles of reports come to deliver different perspectives.  A lot wanted it to be a touchy affair; hence, they took to pointing out the actor’s scheduled participation in the said charity.  It was meant to be in support of the super typhoon, Haiyan’s victims; it claimed his life, instead.

The medium of death

Because the investigation is yet to be completed, it would be best to look at the track record of the actor’s car, the Carrera GT.

The auto is believed to be previously owned by Graham Rahal of IndyCar.  His description of it is obviously, that of reverence.  In fact, he goes on to claim the car’s status, putting it part of the top three best road cars ever made.  However, he did caution that it isn’t fit for inexperienced drivers, particularly those unfamiliar about race cars.

Next in line to profiling the CGT is Walter Rohrl, a world renowned test driver and former Porsche manager.  His take about this car is much more vivid than that of Graham’s, but equally sombre.  He claims that the supercar is the first car to ever stir his fear.

Why?  In his Drive interview, Rohrl was unable to deny the kind of beast CGT is: “it is so powerful that it spins the rear wheels in each gear up to fifth in its six-ratio box.”  Drive-testing the car, Rohrl had been clear to admit the after-effects of CGT: “I came back into the pits and I was white.” 

He has then insisted for a traction control switch to be put in place.    

The verdict                                             

This road car is seriously dangerous.  The driver, Rodas, is considered to be an experienced driver; yet, fate shows it doesn’t automatically count as a safety net.  Such is the risk for passionate lovers of speed.  Crashing could come second nature to anything else.

For a complete CGT-study, do check out Jalopnik’s Monday article.       

About the Author

Allison Harvard works for Prospect Solution as a Public Relations Manager . Prospect Solution provides freelance writing job opportunities  for academic writers and professionals who wish to earn well while still maintaining their work-life balance.