Carrera GT Experience Is Priceless, Not Inexpensive

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Carrera GT Experience Is Priceless, Not Inexpensive


Byline: Ron Moorhead, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

You would think owning one Porsche Carrera GT would be satisfactory. It certainly has satisfied famous folks such as Jay Leno. However, ultimate Porsche fan Jerry Seinfeld has two, and thousands of car fans dream of driving just one. After all, the Carrera GT is one of the most fantastic German road cars of all time.

Essentially, this automobile is a race car built for street use. It isn't so much that it produces whopping power from its V-10 engine or that its carbon fiber construction keeps everything very light-weight. It is more the combination of all its parts that make this car worth its $440,000 price tag.

There are few super cars in the world, but none has created excitement like I've seen with this Porsche. The car is a work of art while being an extremely capable automobile, both on the street and on the race track.

My time with the Carrera GT included running laps around the road course at the California Speedway in California with professional race car driver David Murray sharing the finer points of both car and track. Another reason for Mr. Murray's being in the right seat, and probably the most important, was to make sure I did nothing that would damage this sleek silver piece of exotica.

This car truly will excite the artist as much as it does the engineer. Under the beautiful and sleek carbon fiber reinforced body lurks a multitude of state-of-the-art technologies. Porsche expounds on the artistic flair of the Carrera GT just as much as it does the engineering marvels that make the car a phenomenon on the road or track.

Among a number of firsts in street applications are the Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch and Brakes. Both of these innovations help keep everything in check because it is assumed these vehicles will see some hardy use by their owners.

I was forewarned to be subtle with the throttle. After all, the V-10 engine sitting behind the passenger compartment produces a phenomenal 605 horsepower and 435 foot-pounds of torque. As I left the pit area and eased on the throttle, the big V-10 engine came to life and set me back into my seat, launching the car with eye-watering acceleration.

Climbing into the Carrera GT is much like a true race car except that the compartment is much more accommodating. …

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