Best dream car of 2004, Porsche Carrera Gt
The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car that was manufactured by Porsche in Leipzig, Germany. The development of the Carrera GT can be traced back to the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars. Porsche began developing the car in 2000 but the project was abandoned. Porsche maintained that the vehicle was dropped because of FIA rule changes but it was speculated that VW-Audi chairman Ferdinand Piëch wanted Audi's new Le Mans Prototype, the Audi R8 not to face competition from Porsche in 2004.
In addition, Porsche wanted to build the cayenne SUV with involvement from Volkswagen and Audi, thus requiring engineering expertise to be pulled from the motorsports division. Porsche did keep part of the project alive by using the 5.5 L V10 from the prototype in a concept car shown at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show, mainly in an attempt to draw attention to their display.
With the success of the Cayenne SUV, Porsche decided to produce the Porsche carrera GT, and development started on a road-legal version that would be produced in small numbers at Porsche's new manufacturing facility in Leipzig. Porsche started a production run of Carrera GTs in 2004, shipping the units with an MSRP of $440,000 and a dealer invoice price of approximately $414,800. In addition, the delivery charge could be as much as $5,000. The first Porsche Carrera GT went on sale in the US on January 31, 2004.
Originally a production run of 1,500 cars was planned. But Porsche announced in August, 2005 that it would not continue production of the Porsche Carrera GT through 2006, citing discontinuation was due to changing airbag regulations in the US. As of May 6, 2006, 1,270 GT's had been manufactured, with 604 being sold in the United States.
The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 605 SAE horsepower (450 kW), whereas the original concept car featured a 5.5 litre version rated at 558 hp (416 kW). Porsche claims it will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph), although road tests indicated that in reality the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and 0-100 mph (160 km/h) in 6.8 seconds.
This engine is placed in the middle of the chassis in a three-point carbon subframe. Making the engine as light as possible was a primary goal. A light alloy crankcase and titanium connecting rods help the engine have a weight of 452 lbs (205 kg)
The Carrera GT has large side inlets and air dams that help cool the large V10 engine framed by the carbon fibre rear bonnet.
Providing a basis for the Carrera GT is a carbon fiber monocoque with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFP) sub frames, a principle Porsche has registered for a patent. A carbon rear sub frame isolates the entire drive train and rear suspension from the chassis providing the foundation for supreme performance and driving dynamics combined with minimum weight and maximum strength.
Suspension elements include double wishbones with inboard damper and springs on all four wheels. The inboard dampers and springs are actuated by pushrod and dampers like the setup used by Formula One. Porsche's latest Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite brake system, the 15-inch (380 mm) SGL Carbon disc brakes make an impressive appearance underneath the 19 inch front and 20 inch rear wheels. The system is lightweight and resistant to corrosion.
A traditional six-speed manual transmission is the only available transmission. Attached to this gearbox is a beechwood gearknob which pays homage to the wooden gearknob used in the Porsche 917 Le Mans racers. In its second year of production, a limited edition carbon fibre knob was also made available.
Similar to other Porsche models, such as the 911, the GT includes an automated rear wing spoiler which deploys above 70 mph (110 km/h). Apart from the wing, most of the Carrera GT's down force comes from its under tray. The entire tray is manufactured from carbon fiber and is attached to the chassis, engine mounts and crash structure. Creating down force with such a device is efficient as it does not impair the car's drag coefficient. A diffuser and air flow ducts provide additional ground effect.
The interior is fitted with soft leather. Bose audio system and navigation systems are available as options. In typical Porsche fashion, the ignition is to the left of the steering wheel. This placement dates back to the early days of Le Mans racing when drivers were required to make a running start, hop into their cars, start them and begin the race. The placement of the ignition enabled the driver to start the car with his left hand and put it in gear with his right.
The car also uses the 911 steering wheel which doesn't follow the F1 trend to stick as many functions on the wheel as possible. The bucket seats are made of composite carbon-fibre combined with kevlar. Completed in leather, these seats are very light.
The Porsche Carrera GT has a basic five color paint scheme which includes Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver and Seal Grey. Custom colors were also available from the factory.
The Porsche Carrera GT is a true blend of luxury and style. With its technology which was way ahead of the other car manufacturers, this car was ultra-exclusive and ultra-performing. The next time a car comes along that is better than this, it will be using a completely different technology. The only car that can be compared to it is the Ferrari enzo which is more expensive ($660 000 ) as compared to the Carrera Gt ($444,400) and the performance is negligible.
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