• Feb 13, 2009
A Porsche test engineer was killed on the autobahn early Friday morning during a round-the-clock test while at behind the wheel of a next-generation 911 Cabriolet prototype. The 25-year veteran tester was part of a three-man driving team that operated in shifts around the clock.
While the cause of the accident is not yet known and the victim has not been named, what is understood is that the 51-year-old driver's car slid under the center guardrail around 2:40 am on the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg. Porsche spokesman Dirk Erat says that the car was not taking part in a high-speed test, as those are not carried out on public roads. Thanks to everyone for the tips.

[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The A5 is known for high-speed driving. This sort of thing happens from time to time. This guy got away with it OK LOL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFwotHgR8nQ
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's terrible.
      Why is the guard rail too high there?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sad to hear.

      But look at the bright side: Atleast Porsche's next boring car design is catching the media's attention.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My condolences to the family!

      To the engineer,
      Thank you for all the work you did to make the world of fast/fun cars a better place!

      RIP

      -Nick
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      and it seems the 911 and the panamera were entering the A5 southbound shortly before @ the Weiterstadt on-ramp... they had approx. 500 meters to accelerate...
      • 5 Years Ago
      and it seems the 911 and the panamera were entering the A5 southbound shortly before @ the Weiterstadt on-ramp... they had approx. 500 meters to accelerate...
      • 5 Years Ago
      My condolences, I'm sorry to hear.

      But maybe NOW is the time to walk away from Rear Engine Rear Wheel Drive cars Porsche...

      O_o
      • 5 Years Ago
      the driver did highspeed testing as reportet in German news....
      The Autobahn A5 is very popular for all car manufactors to do long distance high speed testing, up to 5lanes, long straight parts, no speed limits over long distance, this road hold since 1938 the record for the fastest ever driven speed on public roads in the world with 432km/h or 268mph, the crashed 911 Cabrio prototype was followed by a Porsche Panamera Prototype, the second driver was able to pass the crashing Cabrio without hitting it (slipstream testing?).

      The guard rail is low enough for normal cars and most parts of the A5 have since years a masive concrete crash barrier in the center between both directions. Unfortunatily for the test driver the Porsche nose is so low that the car went under the gurad rail and lifted it because of the high impact force because of the high speed. At the part with concrete center guard he would have only totaled the car...

      I am only 2km away from the A5... the best place for high speed adrenalin junkys

      My condolences to the testdriver family....
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Porsche spokesman Dirk Erat says that the car was not taking part in a high-speed test, as those are not carried out on public roads. "

        RIP
      • 5 Years Ago
      Breaking news. Someone died in a Porsche, on a part of the autobahn without speed limits during winter time with temperatures below zero celsius.

      Sad news - but as cool as autobahns are (I should now - I drive on them 5 days a week in my 5-series) - this kind of #$%@ happens everyday. Yet even with those high-speed parts the autobahns are a pretty safe place to drive fast. Everyone should try it once :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        These things happen. OK, this guy was from Porsche, but you have news about people being killed in accidents pretty much everywhere.

        The sad thing is Bloomberg is picking on it because the guy was from Porsche. But Bloomberg declared Steve Jobs dead recently so I'm not really surprised....

        BTW, I don't think the autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg is derestricted... but there are two sperate stretches of autobahn and I can't speak for both.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the A5 Frankfurt-Heidelberg, and the A6 Darmstadt-Mannheim without speed limit for many kilometers, there are short stretches that have limits... but @ weiterstadt there's no limit!
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP
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