When something bad happens, it's easy to resort to scapegoating. At least for some of us, that seems to be exactly what has happened following the tragic death of actor Paul Walker and racer Roger Rodas, who were killed on November 30 in a Porsche Carrera GT. Even though officials have not yet determined the cause of the crash, that isn't stopping many theories from being put for – theories that include blaming the Porsche supercar. Rather predictably, not only is the CGT's difficult nature getting examined, but indeed, the nature of all high-performance cars is being put under the public's microscope, with some wondering what the need for all the power is.

A Google search of "Porsche Carrera GT" will find no shortage of articles about the razor-sharp handling and outright speed of the CGT. Pistonheads' Chris Harris has a different, insightful take on both the Carrera GT and the nature of all fast cars. He reflects on the matter, ironically, en route to drive the successor to the car that killed Walker and Rodas, the 900-horsepower 918 Spyder hybrid supercar.

We think it's well worth a read, as it makes a number of good points about modern high-performance automobiles and the way they're used. Click over and take a look.


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      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's sad to see that people are actually are arguing about the car being at fault. Not only do we point fingers at other humans we point finger at machines. Let the men dis in peace they were having fun lost control and bamm atleast died happy.
      larshafner
      • 1 Year Ago
      Blaming a car is stupid, it´s not a car´s fault if the driver overcooks it. Every car has its limits, but who said you should explore that limit in cities..?
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @larshafner
        Disagree. If something goes wrong on a car (stuck throttle, steering brakes etc...) even the most experienced driver can crash.
          cypherxx666xx
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          they were too fast and most likely because of a floored foot and not a stuck pedal. in 99% of crashes it´s the driver`s fault not the cars.
          FranknsteinBlack
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          "Poor Judgment" is not a standard car feature! Whether it is for the sake of thrilling a few onlookers -or- aftermarket modifying a vehicle beyond what the original engineers intended. A stock Carrera GT is also not a one-off entity, so why aren't the others crashing in such a fashion?
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          We will see... http://www.autoevolution.com/news/paul-walker-s-crash-porsche-carrera-gt-suspected-of-failure-72244.html
      pixelaided
      • 1 Year Ago
      People get killed in Mustangs every day of the week. Last time I checked, a Shelby GT500 had over 600hp. Where is the media outrage over that?
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pixelaided
        While I agree with your point, I think you're missing THE point: Mustang is not a mid-engine car that can cause loss of control a lot quicker/easier than a front-engine car.
          Pdexter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          ....where is the sense in in that statement?
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is nothing more than pure driver error...sad....
      Handbrake Harry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even Lambo's & Nano's burn...
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well said Chris Thank you man someone had to come up and say something.
      KruncherBlok
      • 1 Year Ago
      I willing to bet that the driver hit that corner way too hot and didn't apply enough braking. Half way through the turn and off throttle the CGT went into lift throttle oversteer (snap oversteer) and he lost it. The CGT is an exceptional pure sports car without nanny controls. You really need to spend some time behind the wheel to learn the cars mid-engine dynamics.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      The more razor sharp the handling is, the less forgiving when you make an error go out of control, especially in a midship layout. Learned that from playing Gran turismo....
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bK
        Does not have to be this way. Porsches traditionally (older 911s and all the bathtubs) have had drop throttle oversteer which has gotten a lot of people in trouble. Rising rate front spring geometry can completely kill this behavior in a mid-engined car. The low polar moment of a mid engined car does make all transitions happen faster, - wanted or unwanted.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey some Ferraris catch fire while standing, so this isnt bad.
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good article by Chris Harris. Refreshing to have a cool-headed sensible and professional opinion put forward.
      Vin
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, is the Porsche CGT the only car someone crashed and burned in? We are blaming the car, not the driver? No responsibility for the driver? Couldn't be his fault could it? Shouldn't make him take any responsibility. What a beautiful set-up for the lawyers. So, every car on the road that has been in an accident should be banned because they crashed? Now that's an intelligent comment "Toneron" We all would be walking. Ever hear of "operator error"? The driver should certainly be responsible for his actions. But, we have lost that on our society. No one wants to take responsibility for their actions.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's still too early in the investigation to come to any conclusions, but I don't think the car in and of itself could be to blame. However, I do question at what point can you tune an already hyper performance car to the point that it really isn't street-able any longer?
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