Today we come to you with a heavy heart with the announcement that Paul Walker, one of the stars of the Fast and Furious series, has died in a car crash. Earlier on Saturday, there were rumors that he had perished in a car accident, but the horrible news was confirmed Saturday at 10:14 p.m. on his official Twitter page.
According to the report and witness statements, Walker was a passenger in a red Porsche Carrera GT , which was driven by a friend of his. The car was apparently speeding, per the Los Angeles Sherrif’s Department’s report, and it slammed into a light pole.
By the time EMTs and other emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the Porsche was engulfed in flames. Walker and his friend, whose name was not released, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Paul is survived by a 15-year-old daughter and leaves millions of Fast and Furious fans with a heavy heart. Numerous Fast and Furious cast member expressed their emotions through various social media sites, including Vin Diesel, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Tyrese Gibson. He was just 40 years old...
Update 12/1/2013 10:20 a.m.: Reports are suggesting that the driver of the Porsche was Roger Roda, who was a close personal friend of Walker’s and a professional racecar driver who had participated in the Pirelli World Challenge. The crash occurred following a charity event that the two attended.
Until Porsche finally decides to officially add the 918 Spyder to its lineup, we continue to look back and remember what a great car the Carrera GT was. Unveiled back in 2004, the supercar was limited to only 1,270 units and the guys over at Carlex Design had the chance to update unit No. 1,035.
If you have followed the automotive industry in the past few years, you know that Carlex Design is a tuner known for upgrading the interiors and this is exactly what it has done for the Carrera GT.
For the Carrera GT, Carlex paid close attention to the smallest details when restyling the supercar’s interior. It includes yellow-contrast-stitched black Carbon Optic leather combined with Alcantara. The yellow stitching also helps tie the inside to the outside, as it perfectly matches the yellow brake calipers.
The tuner also offers lots of luxury extras and add-ons, like the Alcantara floor mats in rhombus stitching; rearview mirror in Alcantara; and trunk lining decorated with a nice stitching.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Porsche Carrera GT.
Even if out of production for more than five years, Porsche Carrera GT remains one of the most appreciated models in Porsche’s lineup. So, it’s no wonder why a private customer asked the guys over Atelier Zagato to customize his Carrera GT to his specific needs.
When compared to a standard Carrera GT, this one-off edition received a different engine cover, racing-style rims with blue/red nuts, different exhaust pipes and rear diffuser, and some other changes. All these updates give the Carrera GT a more fluid look.
As far as we know, this one-off Carrera GT received no updates under the hood, but the standard engine is quite enough. For those of you who do not remember, the Carrera GT is powered by a 5.5-litre V-10 normal-aspiration engine that delivers a total of 612 horsepower and a peak torque of 435 pound-feet. Its top speed is an impressive 205 mph.
Hit the jump to watch this one-off Porsche Carrera GT by Zagato.
When you have the gift of capturing images through a camera lens, it’s something that you can make a good living doing. Nino Batista is one of those people with that particular set of skills and to our good fortune, he’s taken his talents into the world of auto photography.
One of his newest photo sets features sexy hottie, Sophia Michaelson, but it’s not just this long-legged brunette that got our attention. Batista also managed to gather some of the finest exotics in the land to be part of the photo shoot.
Makes us think that we probably should be in there too, only because we think Sophia’s getting too cold wearing that skimpy bikini. Then again, if we can’t make it in the photos, we’re perfectly fine staring at them.
Check out Nino Batista’s spread of Sophia Michaelson in the gallery below!
The Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porsche ’s most exotic models, so as you can probably expect, owning one entails taking real good care of it. At all costs, too, because a car that sets you back roughly $400,000 needs to be taken care of.
And if you do decide that it needs to be put on a trailer, don’t follow this moron’s example and use wooden planks as your loading mechanism. Really, it’s not too much to ask. If you can afford a car like this, then you can probably afford having professionals do the stowing for you. It wouldn’t cost much, believe us. Unless, of course, you want this to happen to your beloved Carrera GT.
Really, carelessness never gets you far and somebody needs to give you a good ’ol smack on the side of the head if you end up treating your Carrera GT like this. You’ve all been duly warned, folks, but if you’re still compelled to watch the video, do so at your own risk.
Say what you want about the year Gemballa has had, but you can’t deny that when these guys buckle down and bring their lunch pails to work, they’re one of the best in the business when it comes to tuning high-powered sports cars.
One product line that has been associated with Gemballa has been the Mirage GT, which is based on the Porsche Carrera GT . Over the years, Gemballa has released a number of Mirage models based on the Carrera GT, including the Carbon Edition , the Matte Edition , the Black Edition , and the Gold Edition . Recently, the German tuning company released the latest iteration of the super aggressive Mirage GT, christening it the "Matte Blue Edition".
Similar to its predecessors, the Mirage GT Matte Blue Edition is powered by Gemballa’s own V10 engine that produces 650 horsepower and 464 lb/ft of torque, up from the standard output of 612 horsepower and 435 lb/ft of torque the standard Carrera GT comes in. Those figures translate to a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds (down from the stock version’s 3.9-second time) with a top speed of 208 mph, which in turn is up from the Carrera GT’s 205-mph top speed.
Aerodynamically, the Mirage GT Matte Blue Edition comes with the same aerodynamic kit as all the other special edition models, which is to say that we expect Gemballa’s rather over-the-top aerodynamic package on the front, side, and rear of the car to be highlighted on the Matte Blue Edition. Likewise, this version of the Mirage GT will also carry the same interior treatment, including the carbon seatblends, and the two-tone - in this case, its black and white - leather finish.
We all remember hysterically laughing at the Seinfeld episode where the Soup Nazi first bellowed his first "No soup for you!" and have laughed our butts off ever since, but sadly, Seinfeld’s self-titled sitcom is now over and Jerry Seinfeld may be feeling the money crunch. This may be evident in the fact that the all-star comedian is selling his black 2004 Porsche Carrera GT .
The celebrity owned sports car only has 3,176 miles on the odometer and comes with in a black/gray color combination. Power comes from the 5.7 liter V10 engine that delivers 612 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed goes up to an impressive 206 mph.
Do we really think Seinfeld is running out of dough? Of course not! The man is just playing it smart and staying behind the scenes as the producer of his latest show, The Marriage Ref, but the sale of his Porsche does beg the question as to what car will be taking its place in the comedian’s garage.
Other celebrities driving around in a Porsche Carrera GT include Dell Computer’s founder Michael Dell, the King of Late Night Jay Leno, Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren, Professional Golfer Tiger Woods, and Formula 1 Racing Driver Christijan Albers. Wonder if any of them will be giving up their rides as well.
Usually when a car goes out of production, it loses its glamour. However, we cannot possibly say this about the amazing Porsche Carrera GT . A car like this will always take center stage and this may be the reason why tuners are so interested in dressing it up in their tuner garbs.
Thanks to a software optimization, the engine now delivers 660 HP (up from 612 HP) and 642 NM of torque. The tuner announced that the sprint time from 0 to 60 mph has been increased, but they do not offer a new performance number. The top speed is 205 mph. The package also includes a new high-grade steel Cargraphic sport exhaust system.
The cost of the tremendous increase in performance "Stage II" for the Porsche Carrera GT is 10,699 Euro including the exhaust system. Installation takes about 2-3 working days, including special adjustment using their proprietary dynamometer.
When Porsche built the Carrera GT and the 911 GT2 RS , they probably didn’t mean for the two cars to be put up against each other in battle, but that was exactly what AutoBild has done, and they even videotaped it for all to see.
The video may be entirely in German, but it is still an amazing six minutes of high performance racing between the 620 hp GT2 RS and the 612hp Carrera GT ! Try to guess which of the two monsters came out on top. We’ll give you a hint; the GT2 RS can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, while the Carrera GT makes it in 3.8 seconds. Both vehicles’ top speed goes up to 205mph.
Okay, so that wasn’t much of a hint considering the numbers are practically identical, but what’s the fun in giving the ending away?
It’s been a day full of car videos, but we’re certainly not complaining. And while we’ve been having a steady diet of drag races recently, we’ll take a little break from the tarmac and show you the recent Porsche Carrera GT celebration, which was hosted by Porsche for some of its owners at the Silverstone race track.
It’s about the closest thing we can have to a Porsche Carrera GT overload, which, by no means, is a bad thing. Here we have a video of the Porsche Experience at Silverstone. At this event, owners of the Carrera GT were invited by Porsche to try out the newly-renovated Silverstone track and participate in a number of tests on the purpose-built Porsche test tracks. The video also features an interview with one of the Carrera GT’s designers, Tony Hatter, as he explains the history of the supercar and how it came to be one of the most iconic cars in Porsche’s history. Finally, the video concludes with interviews from some of the owners who participated in the event, most of which attest to the supreme awesomeness of owning a Porsche Carrera GT.
The video’s about four-and-something minutes long, which really is enough time or us to drool over the thought of sitting behind the wheel of one.