Drive Wire: October 6, 2015
Malta Motor Show crash, Meadow Walker’s Porsche lawsuit, Mitsubishi’s Final Edition Evo, a pocket jumpstarter, and Russian arm cameramen
Hey guys. I’m Christina Thompson, and this is Drive Wire for Tuesday, October 6.
Tragedy struck the Malta Motor Show Monday as a Porsche 918 driven by its owner left the airport runway that was being used as a track for the event. The car went into the crowd at high speed, injuring at least 26, 5 critically. Videos from the event indicate that safety barriers may have been improperly installed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.
Porsche has responded to a wrongful death lawsuit brought by actor Paul Walker’s daughter, 16-year-old Meadow Walker. Lawyers for the automaker said “reckless driving and excessive speed were at fault in the crash that killed Paul Walker, not any inherent flaw in the Carrera GT’s design.”
The official accident report states the car was traveling between 80 and 93 miles per hour at the time of the crash. Meadow Walker disputes the speed claim, and argues that the car lacked safety features.
Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution continues its sunset in the States, with the announcement of the 2015 Final Edition. It will be the very last of the rally icon to be sold here, and gets a little more than 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and Brembo brakes all around. Each vehicle will have a special plaque to identify it as one of 1,600. The last of the Evos will be priced from $37,995.
In gadget news, your pants can jumpstart a car. Well maybe that’s an exaggeration, but the new Weego Pocket Charger can jump your car. There is nothing new about what the Weego does, but it’s the size that is impressive. Weighing under half a pound, this wallet-size battery can get you out of a hairy situation for just $99.
Okay, everyone has taken their family SUV down a dirt road a little quicker than recommended but never like these insane Russian arm cameramen. While filming a commercial for Hyundai featuring driver Dani Sordo and his i20 World Rally car, the Russian arm film crew drove their Ml55 AMG to the absolute limit. Hurling themselves through the backwoods of Finland at breakneck speeds, these cameramen have won a special place in our hearts and may have even outshined Dani Sordo!
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