Porsche Celebrates Back To The Future Day A Racing The Taycan Against The DeLorean To 88 MPH
If you are a fan of 1980s science fiction cinema, you will love what Porsche has done, in order to celebrate ‘Back to the Future” day. At the same time, Porsche is celebrating the Electrify America and Europe Ionity charging networks exceeding 1.21 gigawatts. What’s the connection, you’re asking? In “Back to the Future”, the time-traveling DeLorean required the same 1.21 gigawatts in order to run “back to the future”. Now, the future is here.
Porsche’s Newest Concept Is a Spaceship for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Porsche is creating a new concept vehicle, only this time, it’s not the kind of concept that we’re accustomed to. The German automaker is teaming up with Lucasfilm — yes, Lucasfilm — to create a spaceship — yes, a spaceship — for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The intergalactic vehicle isn’t expected to be included in the movie, but it will be created and displayed at the premiere of the new Star Wars movie extravaganza on December 20. The timing of this Porsche-Lucasfilm collaboration could point hints to the possible use of Porsche’s new Taycan — Porsche’s first-ever EV is also slotted for a December world debut — in the design and development of the aforementioned spaceship. It’s a curious thing to say, let alone imagine a Porsche-designed spaceship for the Star Wars universe.
There’s Lots of Porsche Goodness in the "Bad Boys for Life" Trailer, and Martin Lawrence Has Spent a Lot of Time in The Kitchen
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since we last saw Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in a Bad Boys movie, but that’s exactly how long it’s been. Mercifully, the long wait for the “threequel” is about to end now that the trailer for the third movie in the franchise, Bad Boys For Life, has finally dropped.
It’s a typical Bad Boys film in that there’s plenty of action, explosives, dry humor, and Smith and Lawrence busting on each other. Oh, and there’s a 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S in the movie, too. It’s a nice callback to the original Bad Boys movie from 1995, though I suspect some people aren’t old enough to remember that movie. Bad Boys isn’t the Fast & Furious, but for those who are old enough to remember Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s first movie together, you’ll know that Bad Boys had its fair share of drop-dead gorgeous vehicles. It’s nice to know that almost 25 years since that first movie hit the theaters, that formula hasn’t changed, even if Lawrence’s physique has.
There was lots of speculation surrounding the death of Paul Walker. Some said the Carrera GT may have had a mechanical failure, some thought maybe the driver was under the influence, some thought Walker survived the crash only to die in the resulting fire and others thought maybe this was all the result of a street race gone bad. Well, the investigators checking into the crash have released their findings and we found that none of these scenarios are true.
Plain and simple, it was pure speed that was the demise of Mr. Walker. According to the report, the Carrera GT — a notoriously difficult sports car to drive — was doing between 80 and 93 mph when it collided with the power pole, which meant they were traveling well in excess of the posted 45-mph speed limit — there was no evidence of a street race though. Walker broke his wrist and arm, and fractured his jaw, collarbone, pelvis, ribs and spine in the accident. Because Walker only had "scant soot" in his trachea, investigators believe it was not smoke or fire that killed Walker.
Both the Driver (Roger Rodas) and Walker were wearing their seat belts, and the airbags deployed as designed. Unfortunately, the Porsche was traveling way too fast when it impacted the pole for either to do any bit of good in saving their lives. The only mechanical issue on the car was the fact that the tires were nine years old, and the rubber may not have been in the greatest of condition for handling that type of speed.
At the very least, this closes up the Paul Walker case and affords us the chance to look at his impact in the world rather than focusing on what killed him.
RIP, Mr. Walker...
Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s death and how it affected "Fast & Furious 7."
On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker was involved in a horrific crash that cost him his life. Back then it was not known how Roger Rodas — the driver at the time of the accident and former race car driver — lost the control of the Porsche Carrera GT. It was pretty clear that speed was the main factor, but there was no official cause provided by the police.
Now, according to the final report from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, it looks like the Carrera GT was driving at more than 100 mph before the moment of impact. Police officials said that the car was headed east on Hercules Street "at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph," lost control for some "unknown reasons," and hit both a tree and a light post. The car then spun around another 180 degrees, hit another tree and burst into flames.
The same report stated that Rodas was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
After his death, Universal Studios announced that the release date for the new series in the Fast and Furious franchise was moved from July 2014 to April 10, 2015.
This final piece is hopefully the final piece of news regarding this tragedy and serves as a reminder that no matter how good of a driver you are and how awesome the car is, always save the crazy driving for the race track...
Click past the jump to watch a cool tribute to Paul Walker.
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.