The Carrera GT offers a great opportunity to own and drive one of the most exciting cars in history; one of the last true analog hypercars built with a manual gearbox. All 1,270 Carrera GTs produced were left-hand drive. Painted in GT Silver over Terracotta leather, this Porsche Carrera GT is the 80th of this limited-production series. It was delivered in California, USA on 4 August 2004 and has recorded just 11,928KM from the time it left the Leipzig factory to the present day. A major service was carried out in November 2015 by the Porsche Dealer in Hong Kong. Recorded mileage was 11,868KM. The car has all the oil services as well as a new battery installed. In Dec 2015, the car had a “Royal” Detailing Treatment done by EDP Hong Kong. The exterior, interior and engine bay was deep cleansed and a Quartz Coating was applied to protect the newly polished paint. Since then the Carrera GT has been driven fewer than 60 KM. Most recently, the car has gone through another major schedule maintenance at Porsche Dealer which included an engine out service and a brand new fuel tank. The Carrera GT is one of the most challenging and rewarding driver's cars in existence and destined to be one of the most important classic cars of the future. This ready-to-drive example would be a great addition to your collection.
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Body: 2-Door with Targa Top
Exterior: GT Silver
Interior: Terracotta Leather
Driver's Sider: LHD
Indicated Mileage: 11,928KM
Location: Hong Kong
History: US Spec, First Delivered in California. Hong Kong Porsche Dealer Maintenance records available
The last of the ultra-analog Hypercar by Porsche
Motor borrowed from a V10 Formula One Engine
A limited1270 made, all numbered and increasingly hard to find
Still reasonably priced for such a landmark car in the automotive history
In 2003 Porsche released their answer to the previous year’s release of the Ferrari Enzo with the incredibly unique, and instantly recognisable Carrera GT. Utilising the pinnacle of Formula One racing technology at the time, Porsche designed and constructed this car purely with performance in mind.The 5.7L V-10 is combined with a full carbon fibre monocoque and body, maximising the power to weight ratio and earning this model the “Hypercar” label. Only 1270 of these cars were produced worldwide, rendering them highly desirable and increasingly rare.
Very analogue for its time, the 5.7L V10 is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, providing the driving feel these cars are so well known for. While this setup may have been intended as an homage to the 1960’a Le Mans racers of the past, the 605-horsepower delivered to the rear wheels as well as the Formula One race-bred technology put this class in a class of its own.
One of the few examples in the world of a landmark in automotive engineering – a true Le Mans race car for the street.
The amazing design was first shown as a fully trimmed concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, where it stirred great excitement. As befits a modern racing chassis, the Carrera GT was constructed of steel-reinforced carbon-fiber with an integral roll-over bar. There were two removable lightweight roof panels that could be easily stowed beneath the front trunk lid. The undertray was carefully designed for maximum ground effect, generating some 900 pounds of downforce at 205 mph, and “literally pulling the car to the road at high speeds for stability and safety,” in Porsche’s words. Contributing to that stability was a thin rear wing that rose from the tail when the car reached speeds over 75 mph.
The sophisticated racing-type suspension comprised upper and lower wishbones and rocker-arms mounted inboard at all four corners, with coil springs and gas-pressure shocks. Huge carbon-ceramic brake discs were clamped by eight-piston monoblock front calipers, and four-piston monoblock rear calipers. Forged magnesium-alloy center-lock wheels, 19-in. diameter in front and 20-in. in the rear, were shod with 265/30 R and 335/30 R high-performance tires.
The mid-mounted, 5.7-liter V-10 dry-sump engine was itself very advanced, offering double overhead camshafts for each bank, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, titanium connecting rods, and state-of-the-art Bosch Motronic fuel injection. To provide an exceptionally low center of gravity and race car-like handling, both the flywheel and carbon-ceramic clutch package were of very small diameter, and transferred the engine’s 600-plus hp through a six-speed manual transaxle to the rear axle. Testing demonstrated that this stunning new machine could accelerate to 60 mph in less than four seconds and could easily top 200 mph.
A plush cockpit featured leather and aluminum trim throughout. Along with a pair of deeply bolstered racing-type bucket seats made of carbon-fiber and Kevlar, there was a telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a stereo system, LCD instrumentation, a color TFT computer screen proving varying levels of information and navigation assistance, plus climate control and power windows. The laminated wood gearshift knob was a subtle reminder of that used on the immortal Porsche 917. Safety systems included multiple airbags, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and advanced front and rear lighting.
The Carrera GT's routes can be firmly traced back to its predecessors, the 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars. In 1998 Porsche planned on a new Le Mans prototype for 1999. The car was initially intended to use a turbocharged flat-6, 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 had been shelved.
The engine was resurrected for the Le Mans prototype and increased in size to 5.7 litres. Unfortunately the project was cancelled after two days of testing for the first car, in mid-1999, mostly due to Porsche's wish to build the Cayenne SUV with involvement from Volkswagen and Audi, thus requiring engineering expertise to be pulled from the motorsports division. It was also speculated that VW-Audi chairman Ferdinand Piëch wanted Audi's new Le Mans Prototype, the Audi R8 not to face competition from Porsche in 2004.
Porsche did keep part of the project alive showing a concept car at the 2000 Geneva 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 Carrera GTs in 2004, the first Carrera GT went on sale in the US on January 31, 2004.
The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612 horsepower. Porsche statistics confirm it will accelerate from 0 to 62.1 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 205 mph although road tests indicated that in reality the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds! The Carrera GT has a basic five colour paint scheme which includes Guards Red, Fayence Yellow, Basalt Black, GT Silver and Seal Grey. Custom colours were also available from the factory. A traditional six-speed manual transmission is the only available.
Hints pointing to the car being Le Mans inspired are abundant throughout the car. Attached to this gearbox is a Beachwood gear knob which pays homage to the wooden gear knob used in the Porsche 917 Le Mans racers. In typical Porsche fashion, the ignition is 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 his left hand and put it in gear with his right.
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