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Experts are saying the car Paul Walker was in when he died is “a handful to drive.”
So I always preach about how much fun Top Gear is, but in this case, it was truly informative for me. Once the model and year of the Porsche Paul Walker and his friend died in was published, I had the vague recollection that it had been featured on Top Gear, and that Jeremy Clarkson had words about how challenging it was to drive. Some of those comments were posted in the article above, and there is a link to the video of Jeremy’s road test and review. I encourage you to watch it.
This wasn’t a typical vanilla 911 that you see peppering the sea of BMWs at your local investment banking company’s parking lot. This is a REAL Porsche, which was designed with pros, performance car enthusiasts, and collectors in mind.
I’m posting this, because I really don’t like Mashable’s spin on the story in particular the following comment:
In a clip of the episode posted to YouTube, it’s possible to see the car speed out of control at both the 4:55 and 6:25 mark.
I think that a comment like that is just going to contribute to unwarranted judgement and scrutiny for both Porsche and the driver at the time of the wreck, simply because a celebrity was involved. That comment is just fear mongering and it’s obvious.
Jeremy Clarkson is KNOWN for his love of performance vehicles for their speed and power. He performed his reviews on the Top Gear track, which is AN AIRFIELD. The car didn’t “speed out of control” as though it suddenly became sentient and decided to take the driver for a ride rather than the other way round. Jeremy pushes these vehicles to, and in some cases beyond, his (formidable) ability to control them in a relatively safe environment AS PART OF HIS JOB as an automotive journalist. And then he puts them into the hands of Top Gear’s resident professional race car driver, The Stig, to demonstrate what the vehicle is truly capable of in professional hands.
At this point in time there is an investigation going on. No one knows if it was human error, vehicular malfunction, speeding, or the driver’s defensive reaction to what was going on outside the car. This doesn’t need to turn into a dialog about how performance vehicles are bad, and how speeding = death, or how it is the fault of the vehicle manufacturers. Mashable’s article just fans the flames unnecessarily.