Porsche Carrera GT, one for the history books
Certain cars are meant to stand out, the way they are built just exemplifies their design and they become icons. This was the case regarding the Porsche Carrera GT. The car was built to showcase what Porsche could really do with its road car technology. This was set to be one of the greatest Porsche’s ever built.
The Carrera GT was at the time one of the most outlandish vehicles available for purchase in 2004. It was an attempt made by Porsche to contend against Ferrar’s offering of the Enzo and Pagani’s Zonda. The car was designed with LeMans inspiration hence its elongated design and race car cockpit like interior. It was a mid-engined rocket car that was designed to beat anything that was out there at that time. The most iconic part of the exterior was the retractable rear wing with the swooping engine cover. What a view it was to see a Carrera GT
The power plant in the Carrera GT was a 5.7-liter V-10 that loved to be revved. The engine was able to churn out 604 brake horsepower with 435 pound-feet of torque. This meant that the Carrera GT was able to get from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, which may seem slow in today’s standards but was something special in 2004. The engine was mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox sending power to the rear wheels. The top speed was an astonishing 205 mph. The car had immense stopping power, the gigantic ceramic brakes were able to bring it to a halt in no time.
Drawing again from experience in racing, Porsche engineers chose extremely lightweight and stiff carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic (CFP) material to build the Carrera GT’s chassis. It requires up to 1000 labor-intensive individual operations and takes about a week to complete. Each layer and each direction of the fiber is chosen to match a specific resin to ensure highest strength and stiffness. The 220-lb. body structure is the first road-going production car to have not only its entire monocoque chassis constructed from CFP, but also the subframe that cradles the engine.