Porsche Carrera GT

With its V10 engine providing more than 600 horsepower and with an array of cutting edge technologies including a ceramic composite clutch and brakes beneath its carbon-reinforced body, you might wonder what improvements Porsche could possibly make to its Carrera GT supercar for the 2005 model year.

Among the car’s unique features are its 5.7-liter, 605-horsepower (SAE) V10 engine, its monocoque chassis with Porsche-patented engine and transmission mounts made of carbon-reinforced plastic and the first use of a ceramic composite clutch in a production car. The Carrera GT’s aerodynamic and race-bred suspension package provides safe and stable travel at speeds of up to 205 mph (330 km/h). The Carrera GT features the extensive use of lightweight materials, such as magnesium for the car’s substantial wheels and the frames of its special sport seats.

The result of such artistic and athletic equipment is a car that accelerates from a standing start to 62 mph (100 km/h) in only 3.9 seconds, reaches 100 mph (160 km/h) in less than seven seconds, 125 mph (200 km/h) in less than 10 seconds, and can achieve a top test-track speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).

Porsche’s motorsports division designed and developed the Carrera GT’s body structure. The monocoque combines all structural functions. Unlike a conventional body shell made from numerous separate components, the monocoque is made from only a few elements that are bonded together in a high-pressure furnace to form a single or mono-structure that is exceptionally rigid and strong.

Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFP) is the generic term for the composite fiber materials developed primarily for aerospace applications but now widely applied in motorsports vehicle construction. These materials provide supreme performance through their combination of minimum weight and maximum strength and stiffness.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

Sources: Porsche press and RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Aaron Guerrero

Gallery: Porsche Carrera GT