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Porsche Carrera GT

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Taken Saturday, 6 Jan 2001
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Porsche Carrera GT


Porsche has long created road cars capable of winning races. With the Carrera GT concept, Porsche egineers took the opposite approach, envisioning a state-of-the-art racecar for the road. Every detail reflects the racing engineers' obsession with maximizing performance while minimizing weight. As in racecars, the read suspension is mounted directly to the transmission housing, This enhances the rigidity of the rock solid, ultra-light carbon fiber chassis. Ceramic composite brake discs are half the weight of steel discs, yet more durable and fade free. Aerodynamic down force keeps the lightweight car planted firmly on its massive tires. If the lines of the Carrera GT imply thrilling performance, its V10 engine guarantees it. With 5.5 liters of displacement and more than 100 horsepower per liter, it can propel the car from a standstill to 125 mph in less than ten seconds. Starting from a clean slate, Porsche's motorsports department created this naturally breathing design to assure maximum torque over the full revolution range. Engine speeds can exceed 8000 rpm, thanks to the strength of the low-weight titanium connecting rods, the low friction of Nikasil cylinder liners and the constancy of dry-sump lubrication. The deep mounting of the engine enhances the car's low center of gravity.


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