The story of Porsche’s Carrera GT starts five years before the first production model left Porsche’s facilities in Leipzig, Germany. Porsche sought to develop a new Le Mans prototype to replace the venerable GT1, which was powered by a 5.5 litre V10 engine. However, a change in FIA rules quickly shelved their racing plans while the model was in development, but Porsche remained undeterred and continued forward with plans to make the platform suitable for road use. To attract attention to their stand at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, Porsche displayed a road going concept of the car alongside their other production models.
Combined with the amount of attention that the concept received, along with additional revenue from the Cayenne, Porsche decided to go ahead and produce the car. The Carrera GT was first offered for sale in 2004, alongside the Ferrari Enzo, Ford GT, and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, and it more than held its own in what proved to be an incredible year for supercars.
The materials that went into the construction of the Carrera GT were simply that of an engineer’s dream. By utilising a carbon fibre monocoque and sub frame, as well as carbon ceramic brakes, Porsche’s engineers pushed the envelope of what was mechanically possible in order to offer a car that was as light as it was strong. Porsche also designed a three-disc carbon fibre racing clutch for the car, which measured 7.5 inches in diameter and was about a third of the size of a normal clutch. Similar attention to detail was applied to nearly every facet of the car. The ultra-lightweight forged magnesium wheels had center-locking bolts that were colour-coded for each side of the car, ensuring that wrong bolts were never put on the incorrect side of the car.
At the heart of the Carrera GT lies a monstrous 5.7 litre V10 engine, the first V10 produced for use in a Porsche. Performance was incredible, with 605 horsepower and 435 foot-pounds of torque. The Carrera GT could rocket from 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, towards a top speed of 205 mph. The Carrera GT truly showed its racing roots when one, piloted by Walter Rohrl, lapped the July 2004 Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7:28, a record for a Porsche, which was not broken until the release of the 911 GT2 RS in 2010.
Slip into the Carrera GT’s carbon fibre bucket seats and it is clear that Porsche’s engineers did not limit the car’s track-focused nature to just the exterior and mechanical components. Every surface within reach is either leather, aluminium, or carbon fibre, and nothing in the car, minus the requisite stereo with CD player and air conditioning, distracts the driver from the task at hand. Everything else in the cockpit is typically Porsche, from the instrument layout with the tachometer in the centre, to the left-hand placement of the ignition.
Porsche topped the gearstick, which was mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with a knob made of walnut, tying an organic link from past models into their technological tour de force, thereby showing that their most powerful creation to date indeed had a soul. By the time production ceased, 1,270 examples had been built.
Currently under the stewardship of its third owner, chassis 206 has covered a mere 6300 miles from new, supported by 3 binders of detailed service history.
Unlike many Carrera GTs on the market, chassis 206 is a European specification car, fitted with the correct drop links, and without side repeaters on the bumpers. As a nod to practicality, the four-wheel KW lift kit has been fitted at a cost of some €12,000, ensuring the underside of the car is protected over less than perfect road surfaces (the original springs are supplied if required).
The current owner has been fastidious in the upkeep of this fabulous vehicle. Prior to purchase in 2014, he insisted on a full inspection by Porsche GB in Reading. Subsequently a full engine-out service was completed, at a cost of £15,000. The clutch has been replaced with an uprated Sachs unit, which shows 30mm remaining, from a total of 31mm.
In August 2015, Porsche Reading performed a front-end repaint to ensure the excellent finish was maintained, in addition to a minor service, at a cost of £6,000. Prior to coming to Coys, chassis 206 will be prepared by Topaz London, the UK’s leading premium car detailer.
Presented in the beautiful colour scheme of Basalt Black with a Terracotta leather interior, and supplied with its OEM car cover and trickle charger, along with all manuals and keys, this is a truly exceptional example of one of greatest supercars of all time.