• Porsche get sued for not teaching the buyers to drive

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The accident was like this:

Two men from San Diego County were killed when their Porsche crashed and burned at the California Speedway. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT went out of control, left the inside track and careened onto the grass, hit a barrier and caught fire.

The passenger, Corey Nicholas Rudl, 34, died at the scene. The driver, Benjamin Miles Keaton, 39, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Hospital, where he died about an hour later, according to the county coroner’s office. The La Jolla men were not burned but died of crash injuries.

Both men were wearing helmets and safety belts but the car was doing more than 100 mph when it crashed, authorities said.

After a year...

The cars with extreme rates of acceleration, top speeds often in excess of 200mph and sometimes very demanding handling qualities. The Carrera accident occurred on a race circuit during a track day for owners of such cars. Both the owner who was driving and the passenger, whom he had invited for a ride, were killed when the Porsche slid out of control and hit a barrier.

The accident victims were in their 30s and very wealthy. Subsequently, the wife of the passenger launched multiple law suits against the driver, the race track, the track day organizers and, significantly, Porsche for selling an "unsafe car. One of the claims made against Porsche is that the Carrera GT is "too difficult a car to handle at high speeds for the average driver without instruction." Porsche should not have sold the car to anyone without ensuring that the buyer was given adequate driver training.

Porsche has been offering a driving school for its buyers for some years. Other manufacturers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes do the same. But so far there has been no legal requirement that a buyer must complete special training before driving off in his or her 200mph exotic.

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
Alina Joined the Topspeed.com team in the early 2000s as one of the outlets very first experts, and she’s been with Topspeed.com ever since. Over the years, she’s served various roles, but today she’s is relied on heavily to verify automotive facts, assist with formatting, and discover new and engaging topics.  Read full bio
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