Porsche Carrera GT: The Most Amazing Production Porsche Ever

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

Perfromance:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60 : 3.6 seconds
  • Braking 60 to 0 : 101 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 11.1 seconds
  • Skidpad: 0.99 g
  • Slalom: 74 mph

This car is one of a kind. I mean there literally isn’t anything else like it that has ever been sold to the public. Try to imagine a car that costs $440,000 new, AND has a 612 hp naturally aspirated V10 engine, AND only comes with a 6-speed manual, AND weighs under 3200 lbs, AND has 335-section rear tires AND has no available sound system, even as an option. It sounds like an actual race car right? Well, it pretty much is.

In the late 90s, Porsche was forced to scrap it’s successful 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 race cars due to Formula One regulation changes. Their replacement for both these cars, was set to use a brand-new 5.7-liter V10 engine and had been in development for several years. By mid-1999, this motor development and the integration of it into the new Formula One replacement car were scrapped because Porsche executives wished to develop their rival to the new Mercedes ML, the Cayenne SUV. This required engineering expertise to be re-directed from Porsche’s motor-sport division to this new SUV project. Fortunately, Porsche was able to keep the project of the Carrera GT going with this 5.7-liter V10 and by early 2004, the first Carrera GTs were sold to the public. The Cayenne SUV development occurring at nearly the same time as that of the Porsche Carrera GT added stress to both the motor-sports department and the regular production car department and put on thousands of additional hours of research and development on both projects. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why the Carrera GT costs so much $$$$$$$$$.

 

One thought on “Porsche Carrera GT: The Most Amazing Production Porsche Ever

  1. Amazing technology in these beautiful cars. I want to drive one so bad just to experience the carbon-ceramic clutch. It seems to be a rather controversial topic.

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