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Paul Walker & The Carrera GT: Ride Or Die

Benjamin Li |
December 4, 2013 | 10:10 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

Paul Walker, internationally recognized action star of the hit movie series, the Fast & The Furious, died in a fiery car crash riding in a speeding car even the most professional drivers would be careful of driving on local roads - the Carrera GT. 

To put things in further perspective, this is how Jeremy Clarkson of the hit car review show "Top Gear" described the Porsche Carrera GT:

"You need to be awake to drive this fast. It really ins't an easy car to control … The clutch is brutal, the power is savage and the handling. You really are on a knife edge." 

Roger Rodas, the driver of the Carrera GT on the day of the accident, fell off of that knife edge going way beyond the 45 mph speed limit.

The Carrera GT is known in the car world as a German work of automobile art, with an absurdly high 605 horsepower powering an extremely lightweight body built with composite materials designed to make the car half as light as normal cars.

It also has a 5.7-liter V-10 engine mounted right behind the passenger compartment - an engine placement usually used on Formula One cars.

If this is all automobile jargon: the Porsche Carrera GT is a street version of a racer designed for the GT1, a supercar designed specifically for the track.

Ultimately, the light weight and extremely powerful engine, placed strategically in the center of the car, effectively makes the Carrera GT a very tricky car to handle - if the driver makes even a tiny mistake, the car may wildly lose control.

A fitting death for the Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, who is survived by his 15 year old daughter.

Walker didn't just act in the Fast & Furious. He lived it.

"If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling," said Paul Walker on his personal perspective on death. 

Walker, age 40, was known to be a car aficionado with an impressive collection of supercars even the most seasoned gearheads would swoon for.

He was also said to be a natural "car guy" by some crew members of the Fast & Furious movies. 

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