Paul Walker Died in 'Most Dangerous Car on the Road'
Even professional drivers are wary of Porsche Carrera GT
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Updated Dec 3, 2013 10:48 AM CST
First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Dan Watson)

(Newser) – Paul Walker died in a Porsche Carrera GT, a car that a former manager at the car company has called "crazy" and "the most dangerous car on the road," Jalopnik reports. And that's not the only eerie quote the site rounded up: A well-known Porsche test driver said the car was the first to actually scare him, and a Top Gear presenter noted, "You need to be awake to drive this car fast." It's been involved in a number of other headline-making incidents, including a fatal crash at the California Speedway. More on the car and Walker's crash:

  • The car is so sensitive to road conditions, Porsche sent a memo to dealers before it went on sale in 2004 warning that the Carrera GT is "as close to a racecar as we will ever get," and thus "has all the disadvantages of a racecar"—so dealers shouldn't let just anybody drive it. The memo specifically notes that the car can't even drive over a Foster's beer can on its side without being damaged, and TMZ notes that the road where the crash occurred is covered in reflective dots.

  • Meanwhile, some fans aren't exactly mourning Walker safely: Police have been sent to the crash site so they can ask fans to stop burning rubber, spinning their tires, and doing something called a "drifting maneuver" that involves purposely losing traction in the back tires so they slide all over the place, Fox News reports.
  • The neighborhood where Walker died is a popular place for street racing, but authorities are now saying that though speed was likely a factor in the crash, eyewitnesses say Rodas and Walker were "traveling alone" at the time, Fox adds.
  • A curve may also be a factor: A source tells NBC News the car was only traveling around 45mph when it crashed, but it was at a curve where the speed limit drops to 15mph.
  • One thing is clear: The sports car community considered Walker one of its own, the Los Angeles Times reports, and he liked to go fast: In a three-year period, he'd gotten five speeding tickets, Radar reports.

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Ultraworld
Dec 4, 2013 3:54 PM CST
That car was only going 45mph? Hardly the most dangerous car on the road.
thinmint2010
Dec 4, 2013 7:53 AM CST
He was a really great guy and very talented....i wish that we all could see more of his movies in the future but the important thing is that we have the ones that he has already done....and I loved the fast and the furious movies they will never be the same without him RIP Paul Walker you will never be forgotten
cornelison
Dec 4, 2013 5:13 AM CST
We may hear of new restrictions in stars' contracts. Action movies usually have disclaimers and warns audiences not to mimic what they see in movies. It doesn't matter if the car were driving at 15 mph. Contracts may now have new seemingly ridiculous restrictions because of what happened to Mr. Walker. Jason Statham, a co-star in F&F 7, is likely to be meeting with movie execs. on what new restrictions he may be facing during filming in this and future films.