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German Test Driver Killed In Next-Gen 911 Convertible Crash

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A 51-year-old Porsche test driver was killed in a nasty accident on the Autobahn last Friday after losing control of his prototype Porsche 911 Cabrio, sliding beneath the guardrail. Gallery below.

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The driver was a veteran at Porsche, with over 25 years experience. That night he was driving the late night high speed shift, testing out the new car along with another driver in a Panamera. The accident occurred at 2:45 AM local time between Frankfurt and Heidleberg on a no speed limit section of the motorway. A terrible tragedy no doubt, and we're no experts, but those guardrails seem awfully high. One hell of a way to go out. [World Car Fans, Fr-Online.de (German)]

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I absolutely hate those guard rails, they're designed higher to maintain stability for when an "average" sedan hits them. They're not, however, designed for motorcyclists who tend to get cut in half if they fall from their bike and skid into the rails.