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  Porsche Carrera GT

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:2003 - 2006
Numbers built:1270
Introduced at:2003 Geneva Motor Show
Internal name:980
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Porsche Carrera GT offers the undiluted qualities of a genuine racing car to provide an unprecedented driving experience on the road. Right from the start, the car's performance figures reveal its character: As just one example, the Carrera GT accelerates from 0-200 km/h in just 9.9 seconds. Consistent use of lightweight technology clearly demonstrates the Carrera GT's commitment to the essential.

The ten-cylinder power unit right behind the cockpit of the Carrera GT is based on a 5.5-litre normal-aspiration engine which might well have appeared in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as an all-out racing unit. Capacity has been increased slightly to 5.7 litres for maximum output of 612 bhp at 8000 rpm. Despite this kind of power, performance and racing character, the ten-cylinder is perfectly suited for everyday motoring thanks to its refined, superior driving qualities also at low enginespeeds.

The Porsche Carrera GT is the first production car to feature a monocoque chassis and engine/transmission mounts made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFP), a design principle now registered by Porsche for a patent. Only carbon, a material carried over from aerospace applications, is able through an elaborate process of refinement to combine supreme performance and driving dynamics on the road with minimum weight and maximum strength.

Reaching very high speeds on the road, the Carrera GT obviously requires a special spring and damper set-up in order to maintain its driving stability and good grip especially at the rear in all speed ranges. So again, the solution applied for this purpose comes from motorsport: Smooth response and refined behaviour is ensured by spring/damper elements fastened to the inside of the chassis structure and operated by stainless-steel pushrods and pivot levers. Firm connection of the springs and dampers to the chassis helps to provide an exact, smooth response, again in the interest of added safety on the road.

Apart from Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) already well known, Porsche uses ceramics, a particularly light and resistant material, also in the power transmission and driveline of this super-sports car: The Carrera GT is the first car in the world to feature the PCCC Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch, a double-plate dry clutch in compact design to meet all the requirements of motorsport.

Within the refined interior of the Carrera GT characterised above all by smooth and supple leather, magnesium and carbon-fibre structures, the newly designed seats in elegant, sporting style are a particular eye-catcher. These are the first-ever seats in a production car made of composite carbon and aramide fibres. And compared with conventional seats, the seat buckets in the Carrera GT weigh only 10.7 kg, that is roughly half the usual figure.

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