The Porsche Carrera GT earned some notoriety several years ago when it figured in the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. If you’ve been living under the rock, Walker was an actor who shot to fame as the star of the street racing movie franchise “Fast & Furious.”
On November 30, 2013, Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. His racing team partner was driving the said car when it slammed into a light pole in Santa Clara, California, around 30 miles north of Hollywood.
The car instantly burned into flames, killing one of Hollywood’s premier actors.
The accident that cost the life of Walker put into the spotlight the difficulty of driving a Porsche Carrera GT. In fact, even professional drivers are known to have troubles driving this sports car.
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Porsche Carrera GT Specifications
|Length||4,613 mm (181.6 inches)|
|Width||1,921 mm (75.6 inches)|
|Height||1,166 mm (45.9 inches)|
|Weight||1,427 kg (3,146 pounds)|
|Fuel Delivery||Naturally Aspirated|
|Number of Gears||6|
|Engine Size||5.7 Litre|
|Top Speed||334 km/h (208 mph)|
|Power||450 kW (612 hp)|
|List Price (US)||$448,000|
Porsche Carrera Top Speed
But it can’t also be argued that its speed. It has a top speed of 330 kilometers an hour or 205 miles an hour) is one of its greatest strengths.
It can zoom from 0 to 60 miles an hour in 3.5 seconds. After 3.3 seconds, it is zooming to 100 miles an hour. In 11 seconds, the GT would be passing the 130 miles an hour mark.
Aside from its speed, the long and checkered history of the Porsche Carrera GT adds up to its status as one of the most popular cars of all time.
Despite its reputation as being a dangerous car to drive, the Porsche Carrera GT is widely hailed as one of the best cars ever. It topped the list of the best sports cars of the 2000s by Sports Car International. It was number eight in Sports Cars International’s list of the Top Sports Cars of All Time.
Carrera GT History
The Carrera GT was launched as a 2004 model in 2003. But conceptualization of its design goes all the way back to the late-90s when Porsche was designing its 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing cars.
The original Porsche Carrera GT is a two-passenger, two-door, mid-engine rear wheel drive sports car. With its V-10 engine, the Carrera GT churns out a power of 605 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 435 pound-feet of torque at 5750 rpm.
The free-revving engine is also loud, something that many motorists appreciate. It blows out 93 decibels on the sound meter during a full throttle blast. But you would have to be outside of the car to hear that amazing exhaust noise, as the Porsche Carrera GT has interiors that are designed to block out noise from the outside.
The Porsche Carrera GT is considered the first production car to have a monocoque chassis and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic for its module frame. Those features have become common in the automotive industry today.
It also featured ceramic disc brakes that Porsche first introduced in 2001 with its 911 GT2. But Porsche made those ceramic brakes larger for the front and wheel, for improved stopping power.
The Porsche Carrera GT also had no electronic stability control system. According to Porsche, the driving behavior of the car is so good that there’s no need for such feature.
However, this has also been the subject of some criticisms, especially from experienced drivers. Without an electronic stability control, the car is very unforgiving with mistakes.
Porsche Carrera GT Exterior
The 2004 Carrera GT has two, removable carbon fiber roof panels. It has large headlamps, with a long and flat nose. Its front bumper resembled that of the Porsche 911, which it is based from.
It has a flat deck around the back. Its taillights were integrated into the raised fenders.
When you look it from the side, you’ll notice the distinctive design of this supercar. Its flat body and long rear deck give it a unique look.
What’s more impressive with the Carrera GT is the inclusion of two carbon fiber panels in this car. The panels are very lightweight weighing just 6.4 pounds. These are also small enough to be stored in a front luggage compartment.
It comes in five standard colors—Guards Red, GT Silver, Seal Grey, Basalt Black, and Fayence Yellow. But Porsche also offered customers customized colors via its options list.
Porsche Carrera GT Interior
The interior of the Carrera GT has a clean design that is different from the cabin of other supercars in its time. Instead of putting wide and cluttered center consoles, Porsche decided to have a simpler look for the Carrera GT.
There’s less space between the seats. A light magnesium case is located on top of the center console, where all buttons and switches are found. The dashboard is primarily magnesium, with some bits of leather and carbon fiber.
The seats are also made of carbon fiber with Kevlar, making it the first production car in the world with seats made of the said material. The seats of the Carrera GT are very lightweight, tipping the scales at a shade under 23 pounds. To give you a perspective, that’s about half the weight of a regular Porsche seat.
Porsche Carrera GT Price
The Porsche Carrera GT was in production from 2004 to 2007. Back in the day, the Porsche Carrera GT fetched an outrageous amount of $448,000.
But since Porsche no longer produces these cars, the only way you can own one is to buy a second-hand unit. The price, though, is more than double of the original price. Today, a second hand Porsche Carrera GT starts at a price of $800,000.
Porsche Carrera GT Celebrity Owners
Despite being out of production since 2007, the Porsche Carrera GT remains very popular. In fact, there are many celebrities who are proud owners of this supercar.
Popular TV host Jay Leno, a known car enthusiast, is one proud owner of a Porsche Carrera GT. Other celebrities who have a Carrera GT in their garages are Tim Allen and Jerry Seinfeld.
Because the Porsche Carrera GT isn’t the easiest car to drive, and with the number of accidents that it has figured in, the number of units around the world continue to decline.
But the declining number of units cannot take away the fact that the Porsche Carrera GT is one of the most powerful supercars known to man.