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    Quote Originally Posted by electrocuted_sheep View Post
    Here's a closeup of the car. Jeez, nobody could've survived that.

    Agree with pp, how fast was his friend driving to obliterate the car like that?! Such careless, reckless behavior. 40 year old men should know better than to be speeding around town like that. We are lucky their careless actions didn't kill anyone else.
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    Isn't it ironic
    Don't you think?

    He seemed like such a nice guy. RIP, Paul.
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    Really sad news. RIP Paul Walker!!

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    Well, shit! That's not a headline i expected to see this morning. Awful.

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    I thought he was fucking great in Running Scared. I've never seen a FF. RIP.
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    Just woke up to this & when I saw it I thought it was a joke given the F&F films.

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    It seems to me that celebrities should avoid driving or getting in any Porche altogether. The list of tragic endings to that combination is long. Not blaming the cars or anything. It just almost seems like a curse.
    It's the (k)nut holding the wheel that is the problem.


    With the number of porshes in a smallish area, driven by semi-reckless people... The incidents are going to be higher. Oh, it just occurred to me, are they rear wheel drive too? That does make a difference IMO I drove a rear-wheel-drive sportscar for a long time & that does make a big difference to the handling.

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    The Wall Street Journal

    February 11, 2013 11:35 AM
    What Is It With Celebrities Crashing Porsches?
    By Jonathan Welsh


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    The singer Chris Brown’s crash in a Porsche 911 in Beverley Hills on Saturday may have some people asking why celebrities appear to lose control of the speedy German sports cars so often.
    From James Dean’s famous fatal wreck in his 550 Spyder in 1955 to Lindsay Lohan’s less-serious collision with the back of a truck while driving a 911 Carrera last year, some stars seem to have trouble driving them. Even Vasek Polak, a noted Porsche dealer, racer and racing team owner, crashed while driving a Porsche on a German autobahn. He later died while recovering from the resulting injuries.
    Last year another widely known Porsche 911 crash story reached a conclusion when the family of Nicole Catsouras won a judgment of almost $2.4 million against the California Highway Patrol. Members of the police department were found to be responsible for improperly releasing images from the 2006 accident that killed the 18-year-old Ladera Ranch, Calif., resident after she took her father’s 911 for a drive without permission.
    One possible reason for some the wrecks: The 911 is not an easy car for certain people to drive. Porsche spokesman Nick Twork said while the cars require “slightly different driving techniques,” they are “as safe as any other cars on the road.”
    The Porsche 911′s layout, with its engine in the rear, where you find the trunk in most cars, gives it dynamic properties unlike any other sports car on the market. Having the engine “hung out” in back gives the car a rearward weight bias that can be accentuated when it is driven fast and aggressively.
    According to a police report, Brown said he was trying to evade a group of photographers when he lost control of the car. There were no injuries and no charges have been filed, police said.
    The Porsche spokesman said the perception that celebrities crash more often in Porsches than in other cars may be the result of media coverage. It is a fact of life for high-performance sports cars is that “they are driven by high-profile people” who tend to make the news when they are involved in accidents, he said.
    Under some conditions the rear end will begin to slide or “step out,” and if the driver doesn’t respond quickly and accurately the car may spin out of control. Porsche confirms this is a characteristic for which the cars are known. They also say that while it was a factor in earlier cars (the 911 was launched in 1963), engineering and safety electronics have made it largely a non-issue in the new ones.
    Porsche’s are known for this quality that driving experts call “oversteer.” It has been a contributing factor in some crashes, though Porsche said it has tamed the tendency through numerous design and engineering changes over the 50 years the model has been on the market. However, the car’s handling makes it especially nimble and extremely fast in skilled hands. The car’s design has helped racing versions to win hundreds of competitions over the years including top sports-car races like the 24-hour races at Le Mans and Daytona.
    Road accidents tend to happen to drivers who lack the skills needed to drive some Porsche models smoothly and safely at high speed.
    Bobby Phills, a player for the Charlotte Hornets basketball team, died in 2000 when his speeding Porsche 911 collided with another vehicle after the team’s morning practice session. Ryan Dunn, who starred in MTV’s “Jackass,” died in a high-speed crash in a 911 GT3 in 2011.
    The earliest Porsche road cars were based on the Volkswagen Beetle, which carried its air-cooled engine low and behind the rear axles mainly for ease of packaging. The arrangement helped designers maximize the tiny car’s interior space. Since the VW was not designed with high-performance driving in mind, the ill-balanced setup didn’t raise much alarm. However, the VW-derived Porsches had problems from the beginning.
    Porsche said early 911s’ short wheelbases (the measurement from the center of the front wheels to the center of the rear wheels) and less-sophisticated rear suspensions gave them a reputation for tricky handling during aggressive, high-speed driving such as racing.
    In fast corners, the relatively heavy rear-mounted engine can act a bit like the head of a hammer. It seems to want to swing around toward the outside of the turn. Well-trained drivers know it’s vital to continue applying power, making subtle adjustments to keep the car balanced and under control. But startled drivers tend to ease off the throttle or release it completely. When that happens, the sudden shift imbalance toward the front can cause the rear wheels to lose traction, allowing the car to spin.
    Porsche said steady evolution of the 911 and its rear-engine predecessor the 356 improved their handling and safety over long production periods.
    Some Porsches like the four-door Panamera sedan and the Cayenne SUV have the engine in front so they have more forgiving – or at least more familiar — handling characteristics and are as easy to drive as your grandmother’s Buick Park Avenue.
    But the 911 Carrera series of sports cars remain Porsche’s signature design. And while the company has made its rear-engine cars much easier to drive than they used to be, piloting the powerful machines at high speed can lead to trouble for inexperienced drivers – a problem shared with many high-performance cars, especially when their drivers bite off more than they can chew, Porsche’s Mr. Twork said.
    “You have to think about what you are doing when you drive them,” he said. “You have to be careful.”
    NOTE: This story has been updated to include comments form Porsche.
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    Such sad news
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    It's quite shocking to hear because I've just watched FF the sixth on DVD last night with my friends..and he wore a black shirt on his last day on earth....maybe it was a sign & I'm superstitious..anyway..RIP handsome dude.

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    This is horrible. I feel so bad for his family, especially for his daughter.
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    I don't usually find a blonde hair/blue eyes combo attractive. He was probably one of the very few exceptions.
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    RIP Paul

    This is such horrible news. I really enjoyed him in Joyride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    With the number of porshes in a smallish area, driven by semi-reckless people... The incidents are going to be higher. Oh, it just occurred to me, are they rear wheel drive too? That does make a difference IMO I drove a rear-wheel-drive sportscar for a long time & that does make a big difference to the handling.
    Rear-engined as well, which can make for tricky handling if you are not an experienced driver.
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    And I will never buy a Porsche. RIP.
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    Oh that's just dreadful, his poor family. What a terrible way to go, too. So sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Rear-engined as well, which can make for tricky handling if you are not an experienced driver.
    it also has an independent rear suspension. The body is a resin fiberglass. Which contributes to the car basically disintegrating in a crash.
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