Porsche Carrera GT: 5 reasons the car Paul Walker died in is different
(CNN) -- It has three times the horsepower of the average car. It's notoriously difficult to handle, even for professional drivers. And now, it's known as the car actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died.Until this crash, I had never even heard of Paul Walker. I'm sorry to hear he passed away, but jeez-o-flip, people, he died in a supercar being driven way too fast by someone that clearly thought they were a better driver than they actually were. It happens literally thousands of times a year - and in cars that don't cost more than the average suburban home.
Both Walker and his driving team partner, who was behind the wheel, died after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were in slammed into a pole and burst into flames. Los Angeles County authorities say speed was a factor in the crash and are investigating how fast the exotic car was going.
The "reasons" they give for the Porsche being "different" are laughable. The Pontiac freakin' Fiero was a mid-engine car. The only people that died in high speed crashes in Fieros were hit by other cars going fast. We managed to drive cars without traction control for decades without high speed crashes - because we weren't driving like testosterone-fueled morons. Expensive? Few of them? Um, duh? Why is this even a talking point?
Look, I understand. A marginally popular actor dies too young. See Dean, James (and yes, I know that the accident report cleared Dean of speeding. He also died in a Porsche). Naturally they're looking for someone to blame, and the Porsche Carrera GT makes an attractive target. It goes too fast. It costs too much. 99.999% of the people reading the report can't afford the insurance on this car. I've owned several vehicles that cost less than an oil change for this car. So, let's create irrational fear so we can pass more meaningless laws banning things that we don't understand.
Gah. We really do get the government we deserve...
That is all.