The Porsche Carrera GT (Project Code 980) is a mid-engine[4] sports car that was manufactured by German automobile manufacturer Porsche from 2004[5] to 2006. Sports Car International named the Carrera GT number one on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s, and number eight on its Top Sports Cars of All Time list. For its advanced technology and development of its chassis, Popular Science magazine awarded it the "Best of What's New" award in 2003.[6]

Porsche Carrera GT
ManufacturerPorsche AG
AssemblyGermany: Leipzig
DesignerJason Hill (concept)
Harm Lagaay (production)
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door Targa roadster
LayoutLongitudinally mounted rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive[1]
Engine5.7 L (5,733 cc) Porsche M80/01 DOHC V10[1][2]
Power output450 kW (612 PS; 603 hp)
590 N⋅m (435 lbf⋅ft) of torque
Transmission6-speed manual[2]
Wheelbase2,730 mm (107.5 in)
Length4,613 mm (181.6 in)
Width1,921 mm (75.6 in)
Height1,166 mm (45.9 in)
Curb weight1,380 kg (3,042 lb)[3]
PredecessorPorsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion
SuccessorPorsche 918 Spyder

History edit

The development of the Carrera GT can be traced back to the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars. Due in part to the FIA and ACO rule changes in 1998, both designs had ended. Porsche at the time had planned a new Le Mans prototype for the 1999 season.

The car was initially intended to use a turbocharged flat-six engine, but was later redesigned to use a new V10 engine, pushing the project back to planned completion in 2000. The V10 was a unit secretly built by Porsche for the Footwork Formula One team in 1992, but later shelved. The engine was resurrected for the Le Mans prototype.

Porsche did keep part of the project alive by using the 5.5 L V10 from the prototype in a concept car called the Carrera GT shown at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, mainly in an attempt to draw attention to their display. Surprising interest in the vehicle and an influx of revenue provided from the Cayenne helped Porsche decide to produce the car, 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 the Carrera GT in 2004. The first Carrera GT went on sale in the United States on 31 January 2004.

Originally a production run of 1,500 cars was planned. However, Porsche announced in August 2005 that it would not continue production of the Carrera GT through to 2006, citing changing airbag regulations in the United States. By the end of production on 6 May 2006, more than 1,270 cars had been sold, with a total of 644 units sold in the United States and 31 units sold in Canada.[7] In the United Kingdom, 49 units were sold.[8]

Design edit

The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 L (5,733 cc) V10 engine rated at 450 kW (612 PS; 603 hp),[9] whereas the original concept car featured a 5.5-litre version rated at 416 kW (566 PS; 558 hp).[5] A road test in June 2004 by Car and Driver showed that the car can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds,[9] 0–100 mph (161 km/h) in 6.8 seconds[9] and 0–209 km/h (130 mph) in 10.8 seconds. The official top speed was 330 km/h (205 mph).[9]

The Carrera GT was initially offered with five basic colours: Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver metallic and Seal Grey. Custom colours were later available from the factory. A traditional six-speed manual transmission is the only available transmission.

The Carrera GT has large side inlets and air dams that help cool the large V10 engine framed by the carbon fibre rear bonnet. Fitted with Porsche's latest Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite braking system, the 15-inch (380 mm) SGL Carbon disc brakes are fitted inside the 19 inch front and 20 inch rear 5-spoke alloy wheels. Similar to other Porsche models, such as the 911, the GT includes an electronically operated rear wing which deploys at speeds above 113 km/h (70 mph).

The interior is trimmed in soft leather. Bose audio system and a navigation system were standard. In typical Porsche fashion, the ignition is present 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 the left hand and put it in gear with the right.

Technical specifications edit

5.7 litre V10 engine
Carbon fibre monocoque and chassis
  • Engine[10]
  • Transmission
    • Clutch: Twin-plate ceramic dry-clutch (PCCC—Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch)
    • Gearbox type: 6-speed manual transmission
  • Body[10]
    • Tank capacity: 92 litres[11]
    • Cargo volume: 76 L (2.7 cu ft)[11]
    • Max. payload: 180 kg (397 lb)[11]
    • Ground clearance: 3.4 in (86 mm)
    • Dimensions:
      • Length: 4,613 mm (182 in)[11]
      • Width: 1,921 mm (76 in)[11]
      • Height: 1,166 mm (46 in)[11]
    • Mass: 1,380 kg (3,042 lb)[13][11]
    • Track width: 1,612–1,587 mm (63–62 in)[11]
    • Wheelbase: 2,730 mm (107 in)[11]
    • Drag Coefficient: 0.39[14]
  • Fuel consumption for 2004 model
    • EPA
      • EPA Rated city, highway: 9 mpg‑US (26 L/100 km; 11 mpg‑imp)/15 mpg‑US (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg‑imp)[15]
      • Range: 241 miles (388 km)[15]
      • Tank in gal: 24.3 US gal (92 L; 20 imp gal)[10]
    • NEFZ:[11]
    • Auto Motor und Sport test:[11]
      • Max: 22.5 L/100 km
      • Avg: 19.7 L/100 km

Performance Test Results edit

  • 0–60 km/h (0–37 mph) : 2.06 seconds[16]
  • 0–80 km/h (0–50 mph) : 2.61 seconds[16]
  • 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) : 3.57 seconds[16] (official: 3.9 seconds)
  • 0–120 km/h (0–75 mph) : 4.33 seconds[16]
  • 0–140 km/h (0–87 mph) : 5.13 seconds[16]
  • 0–160 km/h (0–99 mph) : 6.46 seconds[16]
  • 0–180 km/h (0–112 mph) : 7.59 seconds[16]
  • 0‒400 m (14 mi): 10.97 seconds[16]
  • 0‒1,000 m (0.62 mi): 19.42 seconds at 284 km/h (176.5 mph)[16]
  • Top speed: 334 km/h (208 mph)[17] (official: 330 km/h (205 mph))
  • 80–120 km/h (50–75 mph): 6.35 seconds[16] (in 6th gear)
  • Braking 100 mph (161 km/h) to 0: 277 feet (84 m)[10]
  • Braking 60 mph (97 km/h) to 0: 101 feet (31 m)[10]
  • Braking 100 km/h to 0: 33.5 m[16][17]
  • Skid pad, 200 ft (61 m) ave g: 0.99[10]

Sport Auto tested a maximal lateral acceleration of 1.35 g, even 1.4 g was reached at the Schwalbenschwanz section of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Motor Trend tested 11.1s at 133.4 mph (215 km/h) for the 14 mile (402 m).[18][10]

Track tests edit

Technology edit

The Porsche Carrera GT's carbon-ceramic (silicon carbide) disc brake

Notable technology includes a pure carbon fibre monocoque and subframe produced by ATR Composites Group of Italy, dry sump lubrication and inboard suspension. At speeds above 113 km/h (70 mph), the electronically operated rear wing raises into the airstream to reduce lift. The radiator of the Carrera GT is about five times the size of that of a 911 Turbo of its time. The car's front and rear suspension system consists of pushrod actuated shock absorbers and dampers with anti-roll bars.

One-offs edit

Porsche Carrera GTZ by Zagato

In 2013, Zagato introduced the Porsche Carrera GTZ based on the Porsche Carrera GT. Commissioned by a Swiss Porsche collector and former racing driver, it has a modified carbon fiber body which is more aerodynamic. The car has the same technical specification as the Porsche Carrera GT.[22]

References edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b "RSsportscars: Porsche Carrera GT". RSsportscars. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Serious Wheels: Porsche Carrera GT". Serious Wheels. Retrieved 4 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Porsche Carrera GT Specifications" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ Larry Webster (June 2004). "Porsche Carrera GT - Road Test Page 2: Handling Precision". Photography by Markus Leser. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Porsche Carrera GT - Auto Shows". Car and Driver. Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. ^ Mike Hanlon (11 May 2006). "Production ends on Porsche Carrera GT: the most successful supercar in history". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Production Ends on Porsche Carrera GT: the Most Successful Supercar in History". Porsche Press Release. Porsche Cars North America Inc. 9 May 2006. Archived from the original on 1 September 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Porsche Club Great Britain: Carrera GT Registry". Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "Porsche Carrera GT - Road Test". Car and Driver. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "A Twist of Le Mans: Ferrari Enzo, the Porsche Carrera GT, and the Ford GT". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q auto motor und sport: Technische Daten Porsche Carrera GT 5.7 V10[dead link]. April 2011.
  12. ^ "Celebrating 20 years of the Porsche Carrera GT".
  13. ^ "Celebrating 20 years of the Porsche Carrera GT".
  14. ^ "Porsche Carrera GT Specs". Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  15. ^ a b "2004 Porsche Carrera GT". Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Auto Magazine 11/2008 Brief performance details Archived 18 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 21 March 2016)
  17. ^ a b "Auto, Motor und Sport 2004 Die-300-km/h-Elite". Archived from the original on 17 March 2016.
  18. ^ Horst von Saurma (16 February 2011). "Porsche Carrera GT im Supertest". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Duell auf der Nordschleife -". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  20. ^ Richard Meaden (10 January 2007). "Litchfield Type-25 v Caterham CSR 260 v Lotus Exige S v Radical SR3 1300 v Ariel Atom v Porsche Carrera GT v Ford GT v Ferrari Enzo v McLaren F1". Evo. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Porsche Carrera GT Car Review - Top Gear - BBC". British Broadcasting Corporation, YouTube. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Porsche Carrera GTZ". Retrieved 12 January 2021.

Bibliography edit

  • Holmes, Mark (2007). Ultimate Convertibles: Roofless Beauty. London: Kandour. pp. 124–127. ISBN 978-1-905741-62-5.

External links edit