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By Ben Whitworth
04 August 2008 10:32
The Porsche Carrera GT is – or was – arguably the world’s best-selling supercar. Initially Porsche planned to manufacture 1500 of the mid-engined targa-topped two-seaters, but the Leipzig production line called it a day at 1270. Which to even the most jaundiced-eye looks pretty impressive for a clean-sheet Le Mans-inspired £330,000 supercar that’s capable of a genuine 205mph Mind you, each one made Porsche money, and each one was sold before it was built. 'I am very happy with 1270 sales – it’s the highest number of supercars ever sold in a single production run,' says Michael Hölscher, who led the Carrera GT development team. So, how much money did it actually make? Hölscher smiles. ‘Not a lot. But enough.'
True, the Carrera pales in comparison to flamboyants like the Zonda and Enzo, but that’s because its looks have been determined by function. I interviewed Harm Lagaay – the Dutchman who headed up Porsche’s design and oversaw the Carrera GT - and asked how he would respond to the criticism that the car looked at best anonymous and at worst like a beefed up MR2. He looked at me disdainfully and replied that the car looked the way it did because that was the way it would function best. It was a short interview.
Well, if peerless engineering and exotic materials excite you, then the Carrera borders on the pornographic. As you’d expect, it’s that engine that takes centre stage. The 68-degree 5.7-litre V10, salvaged from Porsche’s aborted 2000 Le Mans programme, has a sand-cast block, which meant only three can be made in a 24-hour production cycle. And its integral cast timing chain cover means the engine will be bespoke to the Carrera GT application. Its conrods are engineered from hydroformed steel, its sump has ten pumps, and the ceramic clutch, smaller and lighter than any other road car with this level of performance, can handle up to 16000rpm – that’s twice peak power.
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RE: Porsche Carrera GT CAR review
I am just kind of confuse with the timing chain cover and how it has improved from the previous ones. Although, I kind of getting the whole gist already. Anyway, I saw a post of Mr Gasket Timing Cover Stud Kit which would be of help to mounting one according to the owner of the blog.
21 November 2009 07:09
This is Porsches 'take' on the Lotus Elise without question. It looks like an Elise and copies the Elise in every fundamental way except it's 10 times the price because Porsche couldn't and wouldn't challange the Elise price tag. Which is why despite the Carrera GT being a fabulous supercar it's not so clever for this Elise fan.
05 August 2008 14:42
Yes, I am, MilitankMandy. It's a very personal thing but I just don't think the Carrera GT is particularly distinctive looking car, and I certainly think it lacks a certain Porscheness. It's prettier than an Enzo, but then what isn't?
05 August 2008 12:35
Good article, but are you really trying to say the Carrera GT is nut utterly stunning? It's an absolute triumph of balance and proportion. Just like a F355. Every party of it looks "right". Mush, much prettier than an Enzo any day.
05 August 2008 12:17
You suffer for your art Mr Whitworth! Nice report.
05 August 2008 07:04
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