The 2005 Carrera GT from German manufacturer Porsche is no ordinary car. With ten cylinders and more than three times the horsepower than the average car, it now is known as the car Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker was passenger in when he died last Saturday. Walker and driving team partner, Roger Rodas, crashed the exotic hypercar into a light pole in Los Angeles at speeds that are still under investigation.
Porsche have been known to be precarious vehicles to drive. Novice drivers of even the less powerful, and less expensive 911, are known to fall victim to the car’s handling layout. Due to the engine placement at the rear of the vehicle, Porsche’s are known for their hard oversteer. The Carrera GT, which at its inception began under Porsche’s racing program, has a midengine V10 that redlines at 8,400 RPM.0-60 MPH times are a mere 3.5 seconds, while 0-100 is only 6.8 seconds.
“It’s (a) pure racer’s car,” Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver magazine told CNN, “You really need to know what you’re doing when you drive them. And a lot of people are learning the hard way.”
The mid-engine design makes it also problematic to drive. The layout makes it agile, and allows for quicker turns, but if one lost control while driving, it is hard to recover. Add in the fact that there is no electronic stability control, and you have a vehicle that does not forgive mistakes made at the wheel.
Race car driver, and coach of the actors in “2 Fast, 2 Furious” – the second Fast and the Furious film, Randy Pobst told CNN, “Stability control is really good at correcting slides, keeping the car from getting out of shape.” He called Walker a natural car guy, and by far the best driver.
The Porsche Carrera GT is also expensive. Sticker price brand new starts at $450,000. Oil changes for your typical daily driver, think Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, typically run you twenty dollars. The Carrera GT’s oil change, alone, costs $900. Only 1,300 Carrera GTs were ever made.