Porsche Test Driver Dies While Testing the 911 Cabrio

Test drives are certainly extremely challenging especially when you get your hands on an exotic vehicle. But this is only one side of the coin as unfortunate accidents also happen...

This was the case of a 51-year-old Porsche test driver who died in Germany this morning following an accident that happened while testing a Porsche 911 cabrio prototype, reported. The test driver was riding the car on the A5 Autobahn when he lost control and crashed into a guard rail. He was being followed by another test driver who was riding a camouflaged Porsche Panamera.

Police officers and fire personnel were fast to arrive at the scene. Following the crash, the highway was closed for several hours. The accident took place at 2:45 am just past the Weiterstadt exit on the motorway, midway between Frankfurt and Heidelberg, in the German province of Hessen. Although it did not roll over, the car doesn't have the same resilience as a coupe, a spokesman for Porsche explained.

In addition, he said that the vehicle was a camouflaged cabrio covered with foil masking parts of the car's appearance. The most ironic part is that a spokesman for Porsche said the man "was one of the most experienced test drivers." The test driver had been working for the German luxury car maker for 25 years.

However, so far nothing is known about the possible causes of the crash. There are certain witnesses who claim that the motorist was driving at a very high speed. Still, the driver didn't break any speeding rule as that part of the highway does not have a speed limit.

Certainly, the whole story makes us only one thing: if one of the most experienced Porsche test drivers couldn't handle the pre-production Porsche 911 cabrio, how will an ordinary motorist be able to master such a "killing beast"?
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