Paul Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by former racer Roger Rodas when they fatally crashed into a pole on Saturday afternoon.

Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT isn’t a car to be driven my amateurs and proves difficult to manage by even those who drive professionally, according to automotive experts. The exotic street car has three times the horsepower of the average car and can reach speeds up to 208 mph. It’s been reported that excessive speed played a part in the fiery crash that took Walker and Rodas' lives in Valencia, Calif., although no report has offered an estimate.

Paul Walker with Vin Diesel in 'Fast & Furious'

The Porsche model is designed to be raced at high speeds, with its engine situated in the middle of the car rather than the front of the back to allow for quicker turning. Adding to the dangers of driving the Carrera GT is its lack of electronic stability control. "It's [a] pure racer's car, Las Vegas car mechanic Todd Trimble told CNN. “You really need to know what you're doing when you drive them. And a lot of people are learning the hard way."

Porche produced only 1,300 Carrera GTs, selling them for $450,000 brand new. Always a rare vehicle to come across, they're becoming even more scarce as wrecks such as Walkers leave them far beyond repair.

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At the time of his death, Walker was in the midst of filming racing movie Fast and Furious 7 – the latest installment of the franchise the actor first appeared in back in 2001.

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