A Porsche test driver was killed on the German autobahn while testing a prototype for the next-generation 911 Cabriolet. The 51-year old crashed the 911 Cabriolet into a center guard rail of the A5 autobahn between Frankfurt and Heidelberg earlier this morning, dying at the scene.
Porsche said that that the driver, who had 25-years of experience under his belt, was part of a road endurance test in which three Porsche drives drove the car nonstop in shifts around-the-clock. Porsche spokesman Dirk Erat said that the company does not do any high-speed testing on open highways and that the cause of this morning’s crash is unclear.
A second Porsche driver was following the drive in a new four-door Panamera but was able to safely avoid the crash.