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There was discussion of this topic under a thread regarding a Carrerra GT crash years ago.

Randy Webb posted this link Famous 930 turbo accident case and lawsuit with the correct title referencing it so folks could find it in a search.

This article scan was posted in that thread (which has much more detail and references contemporary accounts at the time, including some that state the crash driver was intoxicated at the time (never mind driving 60+ in a 25MPH zone - and that the factory test driver was apparently Mario Andretti):

That thread also references this thread The ultimate Porsche Urban Legend thread, which contains this

Originally Posted by Brian K. Haggard View Post
I met and talked with the Porsche AG factory driver who did testing on the very street where the La Jolla accident ocurred. He also testified in court about the accident and his findings. I got to read thru his report of his work and a detailed analysis of the trial.

Seems the woman driver left the stoplight, full power straight ahead. No traffic. At about 65 mph, entered a left curve, lifted power, oversteer started, foot on the brake, rotation continued to side impact on passenger side, killng passenger. Passenger was a friend of husband.

The speed of 65 was determined by the factory driver who could not make the curve that speed.

He reported that the trial was going well until the defense noticed that the brake pedal arm was broken, and that in the cross-section of the fracture was a large cavity from a bubble in the casting. They introduced this as evidence that the pedal broke when brakes were applied, and that the car therefore caused the accident because of that flaw in the metallurgy of the brake pedal.

The factory tested and could not duplicate a condition where a driver, even sitting well to the side of the seat, could develop enough lateral force to break ANY pedal. The did, however, demonstrate that a brake pedal could be consistently broken if the driver was sitting normally in the seat, pressing straight on the brake pedal with a high force that the woman driver could have put on the pedal, and the car suffered a side impact of the severity that this accident produced. The inertia would drive the leg sideways, putting lateral force on the pedal, and breaking it exactly in the same place as the accident car's pedal was broken.

It is believed that this factor (bad brake pedal) swayed the jury. "Blame the brakes" indeed.
'77 S with '78 930 power and a few other things.

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