The widow of the man behind the wheel of the Porsche Carrera GT that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker last year has sued the car manufacturer, alleging that faults with the design and suspension led to the fatal crash.
Both men died within seconds of the crash.
The lawsuit contends that the right rear tire suddenly steered to the left and that despite the efforts of Rodas, a veteran race car driver, the vehicle continued a clockwise movement before climbing the curb, swiping a tree and then hitting a light pole and a second tree.
The car then hit a third tree on the passenger side, causing the vehicle to split and catch fire.
The impact of the crash caused the fuel tank to rupture and spill fuel into the engine compartment, the suit said.
The sheriff’s and CHP reports released in March found unsafe speed and not mechanical problems was responsible for deadly crash. Investigators reached those conclusions after consulting with Porsche technicians.
The vehicle is known to be difficult to drive.
"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, a veteran super-car driver, spun a Porsche Carrera GT at 180 to 190 mph at Talledega. "It was kind of like driving on ice," Leno said on his Jay's Garage website. Leno, however, praised the vehicle for its engine built for Le Mans and incredible gearbox.
The car was the subject of a lawsuit after a 2005 crash that claimed the lives of two men at the California Speedway when they swerved into a concrete wall.
They settled without acknowledging any wrongdoing. Porsche says the car is safe.