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By Ben Whitworth
04 August 2008 10:32
Of course - the list of engineering excellence goes on. The carbonfibre engine cradle and passenger cell comprise 1000 layers, each one lovingly cut and laid into the mould by hand in a five-day process. The springs and dampers of the wishbone suspension are mounted inboard, the wheels are made from a forged alloy that’s a third lighter than magnesium, and that rear spoiler creates precisely 400kg of downforce at maximum speed, split exactly one third over the front and two thirds over the rear. 'But this is technology to bring us forward rather than tech for technology’s sake,’ Hölscher points out.
Like the exterior, the cabin is equally bereft of frippery. There’s your standard set of five dials and a thing-rimmed three-spoker wheel, with climate, sat-nav and audio controls mounted on the thin floating centre console, dominated by the narrow gate for the gear lever. And that high-mounted wooden gearknob – filets of varnished beechwood – tips its Le Mans hat to the balsa-topped gearlever on the all-conquering 917 racecar, although then it was used more to avoid the heat transfer from the transmission than any significant weight-saving exercise. The seating position is low and the floor-hinged pedals are perfectly placed. Forward visibility is excellent which is just as well as the leather buckets lack real adjustment. Rear visibility is pretty poor, not helped by the 70mph-activated spoiler that literally cuts rear visibility in half, and the handbrake mounted down by the left-hand sill is difficult to operate.
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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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