The Porsche Carrera GT is by far one of the most iconic supercars that the company has ever produced, and it sits right on top of our favourite cars of all time. It is unfortunate that the Porsche Carrera GT has been associated with some of the most gruesome moments of automobile history, things like being the car in which Fast and Furious star Paul Walker met his maker.
Regardless, the Porsche Carrera GT was a car full of character since the day it was incepted. It’s screaming V10 is no short of a master piece while the car depicts simplicity in design. The icon which in recent days has inspired Porsche to create their latest supercar, the 918 Spyder. Here are 10 things about the Porsche Carrera GT that you probably did not know.
1. The Carrera GT was the world’s first production car to feature a ceramic clutch. Although known for being notoriously hard to operate, it was a technological marvel in search of reducing the overall weight of the car.
2. The Carrera GT featured a wooden shift knob that pays homage to the wooden gear knob used in the Porsche 917 Le Mans race car.
3. The Carrera GT was originally planned for a 5.5-litre engine which was changed to a 5.7-litre V10 rated at 612 bhp.
4. There was no automatic option to offer on the Carrera GT. Imagine having 612 bhp of power and a manual gearbox to work through it. One of the reasons that people found the car extremely difficult to drive (apart from the rock heavy clutch).
5. The 5.7 litre V10 engine in the Carrera GT was originally developed for a Formula One car but later shelved… until it found it’s way in the Carrera GT.
6. The V10 engine subsequently was planned to be used in the company’s Le Mans Prototype car. But Volkswagen and Audi did not want any competition from Porsche in Le Mans against the Audi R8 and the plans were once again shelved.
7. Porsche never truly intended to produce the Carrera GT. But the striking response of the prototype shown at the 2000 Paris Motor Show encouraged them into making them.
8. The Carrera GT had a short life of 28 months in which 1,270 units were sold (planned production run was 1,500 cars).
9. The Carrera GT was the first production car to use a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque chassis. Even though the car has an open roof design, the chassis construction is such that the car is actually stiffer than a 911 RSR race car with roll cage.
10. The radiator inside the Carrera GT is 5 times the size of the one found in a 911 Turbo.
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