Porsche Memo Warned Dealers About Dangers of Powerful Carrera GT

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Porsche headquarters issued a warning to automobile dealers in 2004, about the Carrera GT, the same model of car actor Paul Walker was riding in when he died, according to a document obtained by TMZ.


A 2004 Porsche memo warned dealers about the Carrera GT’s powerful engine and its sensitivity to road conditions. (Credit: TMZ)

The memo, issued to Porsche dealers in the Midwest, explained how the $500,000 vehicle should be driven and warned that not just anyone should be behind the wheel, because of its powerful engine and sensitivity to road conditions.

“I think it is very important that the man who has gone to technical training, at least is consulted before anyone drives this vehicle,” the memo read.

“Carrera GT is as close to a racecar as we will ever get.  This car has all the disadvantages of a racecar.”

“You need help negotiating small inclines… You need to be aware of what type of road surface you are on (dips; pot holes, seam heights, etc.),” the document said.

The Carrera GT has a top speed of 205 mph, a V-10 engine and more than 558-horsepower, according to Porsche’s website.

Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed Saturday in Valencia when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were in hit a light pole and a tree, then burst into flames, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Walker was a passenger in the vehicle, according to his publicist.


The Porsche memo explained the disadvantages of driving the Carrera GT (Credit: TMZ)

Walker, 40, who rose to fame in the “Fast and Furious” films.

Rodas, 38, was a wealth advisor for Merrill Lynch and a Pirelli race car driver, according to his biography on world-challenge.com, a racing website.

The collision that killed the two occurred in a business park at Hercules Street and Kelly Johnson Parkway, near the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia.

The Sheriff’s Department said Sunday that speed was a factor in the collision.

The posted speed limit in that area is 45 mph, officials said.

A CNN report that drag racing may have been a contributing factor in the fiery crash that killed Walker and Rodas, was contradicted by authorities on Monday.

A tip came in Sunday to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department suggesting another car was at the scene when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that Walker and Rodas were in crashed Saturday in Santa Clarita, about 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Sgt. Richard Cohen told CNN, the network reported Monday.


Paul Walker and Roger Rodas are shown in a photo posted on December 15, 2010, to the Always Evolving Facebook page.

Investigators were also looking at the possibility that another car veered in front of the Porsche and caused the crash, Cohen said, according to the CNN report.

Later Monday, the Sheriff’s Department issued a statement appearing to contradict Cohen’s statements as reported by CNN.

“Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station traffic investigators are continuing to document the investigation and have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed,” the statement read, in part. ”

No eyewitness has contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to say there was a second vehicle.”