Saturday, February 14, 2009

SPY SHOTS (Sort of): Next-generation Porsche 911 testing goes wrong, fatal accident on the Autobahn, and one Porsche test-engineer killed in the crash

Getting spy shots of the next generation Porsche 911 (998) is pretty hard enough. Now though, we got plenty of them, in a rather unsual way.

This time we have some bad news regarding the next-generation 911. This time a 51 year old Porsche engineer behind a 911(998) Cabrio prototype, but got into a fatal accident on the A5 Autobahn in Germany.
This one car accident happened early in the morning (2:24am), photos show us the car under the side barrier. Looks like the rail went through the car where driver was sitting. It sounds like an unusual time, but the driver was actually on a 10pm to 6am am shift.

According to Porsche the engineer was one of the most experienced test drivers. He had been with the company for 25 years.
There was no speed limits on that road and according to witnesses the car was going at a very high speed before the accident.

So farewell Porsche test-engineer. But we think that Porsche should now be more careful when testing the new 911.

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