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to Paul Walker
and Roger Rodas
continue to pour out from across the automotive and entertainment spheres, the investigation into the fatal crash
of the Porsche Carrera GT being driven by Rodas continues. Both Huffington Post
and USA Today
have information on causes of death for both Walker and Rodas. For those that are sensitive to such things, we've included information about that after the jump
In other news related to Walker's death, The Hollywood Reporter
has a statement from Universal Studios that production of Fast and Furious 7
, which Walker had a starring role in, has been suspended indefinitely as grieving continues and plans are made to salvage a film that is without its lead actor. The statement follows rumors that production would be put on hold
. Universal said in a statement:
"Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast and Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast and Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise. We are committed to keeping Fast and Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker."
Continue reading Paul Walker autopsy results revealed, Fast and Furious 7 production suspended
Paul Walker autopsy results revealed, Fast and Furious 7 production suspended originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: Celebrities
Actor Paul Walker
, 40, died Saturday afternoon in a car crash that occurred in Santa Clarita, CA, north of Los Angeles. The death has been confirmed on Walker's own Facebook page
with the following message:
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW
Reports say the car Walker was riding in hit either a post or a tree before bursting into flames. The driver, who has not yet been identified, was also reportedly killed.
Walker, who had appeared in some 32 films throughout his 27-year career, is most well known for starring in The Fast and the Furious
franchise of films as the character Brian O'Connor opposite Dominic Torreto, played by Vin Diesel. The two can be seen together in the above image that was taken earlier this year while they were promoting the release of Fast & Furious 6
. The series' seventh film is scheduled to be released in 2014, and Walker himself had previously been reported as saying the studio had already guaranteed an eighth film. Sadly, the future of the franchise without Walker involved is unknown.
Our condolences go out to Walker's family and friends, as well as those of the driver.
UPDATE: An updated story is available here, with reactions from friends and fans, plus video.
Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker dies in car accident [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Etc., Porsche, Luxury
Let's face it: finding new tires for older cars can be challenging if tire manufacturers have stopped carrying the right sizes (this writer went through Hell to find a set of 205/60-13s). But what about tires for low-volume supercars, which use sizes that often won't fit on high-volume production vehicles? The Porsche Carrera GT
isn't that old and tires are still available in the correct sizes, but the German automaker has shown its support of keeping them on the road by working with Michelin
to give owners yet another tire option. Enter the Carrera GT-specific Pilot Super Sport.
It's common knowledge that tires are one of the most important pieces of the performance puzzle, and Porsche
claims that the PSS tires, sized 265/35ZR-19 front and 335/30ZR-20 with Porsche's "N0" rating, will improve the Carrera GT's handling and stability all the way up to its claimed top speed of 205 miles per hour. That's important for a car with razor-sharp handling characteristics. They'll also net drivers a 10-percent increase in fuel economy on regular roads and up to 20 percent on racetracks, Porsche says.
The PSSs use cutting-edge tire technology to harness the Carrera GT's 610 horsepower. They have a dual-compound tread that's different from the inside of the tire to the outside, which, Porsche says, helps steering precision and increases maximum grip. Aramid fibers, which are lightweight but just as strong as steel, are used in the tire's belt to reduce unsprung weight.
Check out the official press release below
for more information.
Continue reading Porsche offering new tire option for Carrera GT
Porsche offering new tire option for Carrera GT originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Europe, Videos, Porsche, Luxury
It's been eight years since the Porsche Carrera GT
debuted. It feels like an eternity. Manufacturers relish nothing more than exceeding the performance envelope of their old halo models, and with a rash of idiotically fast machines like the McLaren P1
, Ferrari F70
and Porsche 918 Spyder
soon headed to market, the crew from Autocar
took the time to revisit the last real German supercar on a track. So, how has the Carrera GT aged?
According to Autocar
, it's still worth every ludicrous cent of its asking price. Sure, there are modern examples from the 911
stable that cost less and serve up 90 percent of the performance, but the Carrera GT continues to deliver foolish thrust and precise handling nearly a decade after it was created. You can check out the video review below
to see for yourself.
Continue reading Watch Autocar play with the Porsche Carrera GT
Watch Autocar play with the Porsche Carrera GT originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 04 Nov 2012 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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