The First Holy Trinity: Stuttgart’s Mid-engine Porsche
When you say “Holy Trinity” to a normal person, what comes to their mind is “Father, Son and The Holy Spirit.” Say the same thing to a petrol head and they will say, with confidence “The LaFerrari, P1 and the 918 Spyder.” Unlike the normal Holy Trinity, petrol heads’ term for Holy Trinity isn’t one, but it is used to describe the rivalries between the 3 Holy Grail of supercars. Going back 12 years ago, there’s also a 3-way battle between 3 supercars; Mclaren Mercedes SLR, Porsche Carrera GT and the Ferrari Enzo. Young I was at that time, I was only able to compare cars by their performance statistics. I still remembered that I praise the Enzo over everything else since it was the quickest to accelerate, have the highest top speed and horsepower, and above all, it was a Ferrari. Having said that, my view on the first Holy Trinity has changed, especially ever since cars became a manifestation of calculation from the year 2010. If I were asked “which was the best car in the first Holy Trinity?” I will answer the Porsche Carrera GT.
The Porsche Carrera GT was a car that today’s kids never imagined could’ve existed. It was a car that barely relies on computers to be controlled. The way the car behaves is all in the hand of the driver. The car had a manual transmission and no traction control to keep the driver out of trouble. Many journalists who have experienced the edgy, yet rewarding handling characteristic of the Carrera GT would agree that it was a huge contrast against today’s tech infested supercars. The car also had an engine that never shines on race series. It was the 5.7 litre V10 that was originally developed for racing, but was never able to flex its muscle. However, putting it in a road legal car made it an absolute screamer. The howling V10 was one of the great engines ever put on a car. It has a distinct noise that revels the mind of its driver and a power delivery so savage, it’s not a car to be taken light of.
Today, the world of cars is changing rapidly. Manufactures sacrifice noise by down-sizing the engine and add turbochargers to reduce emission, traction control is a necessity, and even full electric versions are available. For normal people, these changes are truly welcomed, but for us petrol heads is kind of a let-down. The Porsche Carrera GT was different; it lives in a time where cars could be analogue, especially with its manual transmission standing out among today’s automatic and DSGs only gearboxes. The Porsche Carrera GT is a reminder on how good a car could get when regulations aren’t so strict, a reminder that in the end, the driver is the one responsible in controlling the car. Compared to cars today, the Carrera GT may seem raw and vicious, but as Mr. Jeremy Clarkson has said, “You feel alive when you are so close to death.”