The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT sports car Paul Walker died in on Saturday has been under the thorough examination, reports claim.
Investigators who lead the case suggest that luxurious vehicle was traveling above the speed limit, and experts familiar with the model insists that the Carrera GT isn’t just for the casual driver, labeling it as “brutal” and “a handful to drive.”
The red car, which was driven by Walker’s friend, business partner and experienced racer Roger Rodas, had three times the horsepower of an average vehicle and ran a V10 engine, Mashable says.
According to experts, the $450,000-worth vehicle can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and is undoubtedly as powerful as it is beautiful and impressive.
The two seater has been previously titled as one of the fastest cars on the market when it was unveiled to public about eight years ago, with top speed higher than 200 mph.
Now, as the model is under the investigation of the death of the ‘Fast and Furious’ star, experts say it’s a difficult vehicle to control when flying at a top speed.
“It’s a pure racer’s car,” Todd Trimble, an exotic car mechanic in Las Vegas, 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.”
Trimble went on, noting that only 25% are left from the original batch: “They’re getting rarer and rarer,” Trimble said. “Most of the time, when they do get wrecked, there’s not much left of them.”
Nick Twork, manager of product communications at Porsche, revealed to the media that the car maker is working with officials as part of the investigation.
“It wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on anything more than that we are deeply saddened about the death of the individuals and are fully cooperating with investigators. We are prepared to help in any way needed.”
Although Twork declined to comment on why the car was discontinued, he said, “It’s a car we sold for a period about nine years ago — at the time it was sold, it exceeded all safety standards.”
In 2006, the model became the sunject of Top Gear. Show presenter Jeremy Clarkson said at the time, “Not only is it one of the fastest and most exciting cars I’ve ever driven, it’s also one of the most beautiful.” But he also warned: “Make a mistake … it bites your head off.”
“You need to be awake to drive this fast,” he added. “The clutch is brutal, the power is savage, and the handling — you really are on a knife edge. But if you put in an effort, boy oh boy do you get the rewards.”
The Carrera GT is quite dangerous to ride as it has no electronic stability control. That means it’s unforgiving with mistakes.
“Stability control is really good at correcting slides, keeping the car from getting out of shape,” race car driver Randy Pobst said.
Pobst was among those car professionals who taught the actors in the second “Fast and Furious” movie – including Paul Walker. “Paul was by far the best driver — a natural car guy,” he said.