Back in 1992 Porsche had an idea. They decided to build a V10 engine for their upcoming Formula 1 car. Sadly though, this F1 project was cancelled and this engine was assigned to a shelf in some warehouse in the middle of nowhere. After collecting dust for a few years, this engine was brought out to be used in an upcoming LMP1 racecar project…which was also cancelled. But this time, the engine wasn’t shelved because someone-and God bless him-had the crazy idea of putting this engine in a road car, the Carrera GT. And what a car it was.
In my previous article-check it out if you haven’t already-I talked about the upcoming hybrid Porsche 911 and the future. Today we are looking at the past, we are walking into the supercar hall of fame, and looking at what is in my eyes, the greatest supercar ever made.
What made the Carrera GT great was that it was truly the last supercar that put the driver in control. It didn’t have a fancy dual clutch transmission, all wheel drive, 9 stage traction control, or even stability control for that matter. It had an F1 sounding naturally aspirated engine with 612 horsepower, 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 205 mph, a 6 speed manual transmission, and not much else. How the car drove and handled was completely dependent on the driver. To quote Jeremy Clarkson, ” [In the Carrera GT], you make a mistake, AGOOT, it bites your head off, it’s that simple…”
This is not to say however that the Carrera GT was simple and under engineered. This was the production car to have a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which is now a staple in every exotic car. The Carerra GT was one of the few times someone tried to reinvent and improve the manual transmission as it was the first road car to have a carbon ceramic clutch. Everything from the engine to the underbody, was designed to save weight and go fast, which is exactly what this car did. It’s no wonder this car won “Best Dream Car 2004” by Road and Track Magazine and “Best dream Machine” by Motorweek. This is why, 50 years from now, when we are sitting in our electric car that’s driving itself, going God knows where, we will look back at the Carrera GT and think, “Damn, now those were the good old days.”
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