Porsche Carrera GT @ Singapore Auto Show
This picture is taken at the Singapore Auto Show last month, of a very
rare sighting of Porsche Carrera GT. They only plan to make 1500 of
this supercar for the next 3 years or so. Seeing one will be a very
rare thing, not only because it has a price tag of at least nearing 3
million ringgit, it is also because it goes so fast, you may not even
see it coming (and going).
Photo: Taken on a Sony Ericsson S700i mobile phone. On full res, but
resized for the blog. I think the phone takes amazing pictures and is
one of the best camera phones in the market today.
Intro to Porsche Carrera GT:
Porsch's Carrera GT is a race-bred mid-engine Carrera GT roadster .The
heart of the GT holds a new 5.7-liter V-10 engine that whips up 605
Unveiled at the 2003 Geneva International Motor Show and introduced at
the 2004 North American International Auto Show, the Carrera GT is
trickling into U.S. dealerships. Porsche claims the Carrera GT will
yield "a full-blown racetrack experience on the road." Lightweight
construction is paramount. The monocoque structure and subframe of the
Carrera GT are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. The car has a
flat bottom and a rear diffuser.
Not only will the Carrera GT accelerate from zero to 62 mph in less
than 4 seconds, but it can also reach 125 mph in 9.9 seconds due to a
specially developed six-speed-manual gearbox. Specially forged,
extremely lightweight magnesium wheels are said to be a production car
"first," according to Porsche. The front tires measure 19 inches in
diameter, while larger 20-inchers are fitted at the rear.
The roadster's roof consists of two individual carbon-fiber shells
that can be stowed in the front compartment. Each weighs 5.3 pounds.
Porsche builds the Carrera GT in Leipzig, Germany.
Two passengers fit inside the Carrera GT's cockpit. Manually
adjustable seats are finished in smooth leather on composite carbon
shells. The console is made of composite materials and covered in
galvanized magnesium. Fitted with a ball-shaped wood knob, the
gearshift lever is positioned next to the steering wheel.
Air conditioning is standard, and the Carrera GT can have a navigation
system and Bose audio. Porsche includes a five-piece set of leather
luggage that matches the car's interior color.
Under the Hood
The 5.7-liter V-10 engine in the Carrera GT is equipped with dry-sump
lubrication and produces 605 hp at 8,000 rpm and 435 pounds-feet of
torque at 5,750 rpm. Based on the 5.5-liter V-10 that Porsche
developed strictly for racing, the engine works with a
six-speed-manual gearbox. Porsche claims the Carrera GT can reach a
track speed of 205 mph. Acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes 3.9
The Carrera GT comes with traction control and front and side-impact
airbags. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are equipped with an
antilock feature. The seats can be fitted with six-point racing seat
belts in place of the three-point belts.