The Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT refines the undiluted character of a pure racing car to provide a driving experience that can truly be described as unique. The performance figures alone provide a clear picture of what to expect, the Carrera GT needing a mere 9.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 – 200km/h (124mph). But this remarkable supercar boasts many new features and technical achievements.

Pure design and beautiful style An uncompromising, no-nonsense supercar, the styling gives more than a hint of the Carrera GT’s outstanding performance. Although far from being a raw racing prototype, it combines a strong family resemblance to Porsche’s production cars with a re-interpretation of iconic styling cues from some of the legendary track stars from Porsche’s rich racing heritage. The traditional Porsche ’face’ with its arrow-shaped nose and raised wheel arches, for example, echoes the legendary Porsche 718 RS Spyder from the 1960’s, and gives an impression of power to the head-on view of the Carrera GT. From the side, the Carrera GT gains further dynamism thanks to its bold shoulder line while the mid-engine layout is clearly accentuated by the cab forward cockpit and the extended gap between the door and the rear axle. Lightweight technology through and through

The Porsche philosophy of concentrating on the essentials is evident throughout the Carrera GT thanks to extensive use of lightweight technology. Measuring 4.61 metres (181.5ins) long, 1.92m (75.6ins) wide, 1.16m (45.7ins) tall, and sitting on a 2.73m (107.5ins) wheelbase, the Carrera GT’s unladen weight is an ideal 1380kg (304 lb).

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Published : 01/06/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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