5 Things you didn’t know about the Porsche Carrera GT
In this exclusive production run of only 1270 cars, the Carrera GT was powered by a ten-cylinder engine with dry-sump lubrication. The capacity of the 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine, which was originally designed for use on the track, was increased to 5.7 litres for the standard production model.
With a top speed of over 330 km/h, the Carrera GT set new standards. Power output was a crazy 450 kW/612 PS at 8000 rpm with a top speed of over 330 km/h. This power was transferred to the road by manual six-speed gearbox. the Carrera GT set new standards and is still revered today. Quite impressive for a car that was made in 2003 and is now a member of the Porsche Classic family.
So, quirks and interesting facts. Here are 5 things about the Carrera GT you may not have known about:
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1. Porsche released the Cayenne in 2002. The Cayenne in a way saved Porsche and gave it funds for future development. Without the Cayenne success we probably would never have seen the Carrera GT. Utilising a failed Le Mans-built V10 engine the concept car would become the Carrera GT. First shown at the Paris Auto Show in 2000 The concept car was manufactured in 2003. No doubt to produce this dream funds came from the Cayenne sales.
2. The Carrera GT eats clutches. Early owners were complaining of excessive clutch wear. The clutch in a Carrera GT is around $20K USD so not a cheap fix. The reason? Well, the Porsche Carbon Ceramic Clutch a world first in a production car and needs to be treated in a particular way. To avoid stalling drivers cannot apply any throttle during starts. Just simply release the cutch and only apply the gas when the clutch is fully released. Easy right?
3. The Carrera GT has a unique carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque chassis. The same chassis used in the Le Mans-winning 996 GT1 racer. It is lightweight, ridgid and the Carrera GT was first production car to use it. Pretty cool.
4. Ownership costs are high. The clutch as mentioned in number 2 above is super expensive. Not to mention the 30,000-mile service could set you back more than 30K in the U.S. That’s if you drive it of course!
5. The coolest feature i have left to last. It is the wood shift knob and placement. The shifter sits high on the centre console and shift knob is made of birch and ash, paying homage to the balsa wood shift knob used in the iconic 917. The wood is lighter than aluminium and does not conduct heat. A carbon fibre knob was an option in the second year of production. I would stick with the wood - very cool!