It is eerily foreboding that just Thursday night I wrote an article telling Porsche Carrera GT owners to drive safe this Thanksgiving weekend. When Saturday only six minutes after leaving a charity event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Los Angeles, a Porsche Carrera GT crashed killing Paul Walker and driver Roger Rodas.
The Porsche Carrera GT is a powerhouse in terms of what it can do. And 0-60 in 3.9 seconds the GT requires experience and skill before you turn the key. To give you a sense of what this car can do, Jay Leno set a standing speed record of 156.603 mph for Grand American records while Porsche claims it’s top speed on a 2.66-mile track is 196.301 mph – I’ll side with Porsche on the actual numbers. And with Roger Rodas being a professional driver the evidence is still unclear what actually happened.
Porsche made it clear however when launching the GT in 2004 what it was capable of. And as drivers soon learned there was a ton of power under the hood not to mention a body design that makes this car a virtual bullet. Putting this aside, no matter who is behind the wheel of a Porsche Carrera GT at high speeds on city streets and highways, if it is not a controlled closed-course-track there is high risk involved.
Without any evidence on whether Roger Rodas and Paul Walker were speeding when this accident occurred, your guess is as good as mine as to what actually happened that afternoon. In any case this is a tragic loss to the gear-head community of Fast And Furious and more importantly the family and friends of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. Much love and respect you will be remembered. And may you both rest in everlasting peace.