The Porsche Carrera GT is regarded by many as one of the most desirable cars ever built. With a drop dead gorgeous body style, a top speed of 205 mph, and blistering acceleration (0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds) the car has all the ingredients of “super car status”. Built from 2004-2006, only 1,270 examples were produced during this short production span.
The Carrera GT is a “race car” for the street in the strictest sense of definition. The engine is a 5.7 liter V-10 that has its design roots in Formula 1 racing. Porsche had originally designed this engine for the Arrows Formula 1 team back in 1992. Although the project never came to fruition with Arrows, the engine architecture from this project was the very basis for the Carrera GT. The 68 degree all aluminum V-10 block was increased in capacity to 5.7 liters. Producing a staggering 612 horsepower, the Formula 1 DNA is most apparent when you hear a Carrera GT under acceleration. It picks up rpms very rapidly and has that F1 sound that morphs from a growl to a high pitch shriek as the engine approaches its 8,400 rpm redline. The monocoque and sub-frame structure is constructed of carbon fiber and was originally designed as Porsche’s LMP (Le Mans Prototype) competition car to be used for the 1999 season. For political and financial reasons (another story to be told), plans to campaign the LMP car were abandoned. The carbon ceramic (silicon carbide) brakes installed on the Carrera GT are straight off the competition parts bin. Although ceramic brakes are now standard issue on current high performance cars, they were cutting edge technology back in the day when Porsche first used them on the Carrera GT.
In year 2000, Porsche decided to mate their abandoned LMP chassis with their Formula 1 inspired V-10 engine to produce the first prototype Carrera GT. The prototype Carrera GT made its inaugural debut as a concept car at the Paris Auto Show in 2000. The car was the “hit” of the event and many of the enthusiastic and affluent fans of Carrera GT urged Porsche to build the car. Porsche responded with the first production car being built in 2004. Priced at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $448,000, almost all of the lucky owners of Carrera GT’s paid a handsome “premium” over MSRP to have the honor of ownership.
The beauty of the Carrera GT is more than skin deep. The advanced engineering and beautiful body style are just as coveted today as they were when the car was introduced 13 years ago. The racing DNA is at the core of the Carrera GT and yet it exudes an elegance that matches its purpose built soul. The Carrera GT – arguably Porsche’s finest creation of all time.