The first Porsche 918 crash in Germany wasn't caused by spoiled owners or talentless racers. It was caused by engineers from Porsche itself. And that's why the company could be in trouble for it.

The 918 Spyder spun out and hit a guardrail on a stretch of autobahn near Porsche's research-and-development center, between the towns of Bietigheim-Bissingen and Ludwigsburg. Reports suggest the driver of the prototype—a 40-year-old Porsche engineer—was unharmed in the accident, while a 28-year-old passenger is claimed to have suffered minor injuries.

Images of the crash were posted on the website The Supercar Kids.

Harald Lustig, public prosecutor of the city of Heilbronn, has confirmed to German magazine Focus that investigators have seized the data logger of the prototype 918 to determine the speed at which it crashed.

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"We are determining if there are grounds for negligent injury," Lustig told Focus.

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