Originally conceived as a Le Mans prototype to replace Porsche’s venerable GT1, the Carrera GT was a stillborn project that never got its chance to compete due to changes in FIA regulations. Porsche, however, believed that it had something special on its hands and decided to press onwards and develop the platform for road use. First seen in concept form at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, the Carrera GT received an incredible amount of attention. Due in part to added revenue from the Cayenne, Porsche green-lighted the Carrera GT for production. With a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and a race-derived 5.7-liter V-10 at its heart, its competition genes were quite evident. Ultimately, only 1,270 examples were built.
The Carrera GT is still considered by many to be one of the greatest cars to ever wear Porsche’s crest. It demands 100 percent of the driver’s attention and can provide an almost unrivalled level of performance for a relatively “analog” supercar.