Imagine for a moment
that you work for the racing department of a car brand.
And you have a big V10 laying around that has been developed for Formula 1
in the beginning of the 90's, but is still unused.
And at some point you decide that the Le Mans cars should be upgraded to the next level.
So you take the V10 off the shelf again
and you enhance it a bit, and make it more supple.
After two days of testing the board of your employer says
shut down the Le Mans project
because we're doing something else.
We're building the Porsche Cayenne and we need all the people and available know-how.
Sorry about that nice V10 and that nice Le Mans project, but we are doing this.
Then you probably will not be happy.
But after a while, the V10 came into the picture once more.
And that great car is what we are driving today.
And today, I can check one car of my bucket list that I wanted to drive since it was announced.
The Porsche Carrera GT was a special project
because they had the engine laying around
and the design department didn't seem to have anything else to do.
They decided at Porsche to make a special concept car for the Paris Motor show.
And they named the concept Carrera GT.
It had a 5,5 litre V10, the old Formula one engine.
And in theory that car had 558 horsepower
The design was practically the same as what we are driving now.
With only a few small adjustments.
Fog lights in a different place
but for the remainder pretty similar.
The responses at that motor show were so positive, and so many people wanted it
that Porsche decided to built it.
They used many techniques from racing world.
And that goes far beyond just that engine.
Which was now a 5,7 litre engine by the way.
Which was the version they were using for the Le Mans prototype.
It had 612 horsepower.
Which is quite a serious number.
540 Nm torque.
And in theory that should get you from 0-100 in 3,5 seconds.
And it has a top speed of 330 kilometres an hour.
And that V10 sounds pretty amazing.
And it is attached to a six-speed manual.
And the gear knob is something special as well
is is specifically made
of beechwood, which is even lighter than aluminium.
It was used in the 917 as well.
The 917 was Porsche's older racing car
which had such a knob as well, because is was light
and because the racing drivers back in those days burned their hands because the heat passed trough the power train into the gear knob.
And as an homage to that time, they put it into this car as well.
The chassis is the same as the Le Mans GT1 from that time.
As well as for example the steering.
It is the first street legal production car
that has a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic monocoque.
And you may think, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, that is a term Wouter uses in his video's on regular bases.
Because we see it in an increasing number of cars, because of the weight-saving.
And there we go, weight-saving is very important for racing cars.
I've stopped so I can show you how to drive off in this car.
Normally you hit the throttle, but in this car you just ease off the clutch.
There is a ceramic clutch in this car and Porsche made it's own system for it
which arranges the throttle on it's own so you don't burn trough the clutch every time.
So you can drive off easily and relaxed.
And the trick is, no throttle when driving off.
Just take it easy on the clutch and you just drive away.
That ceramic clutch came from racing as well.
And while we are talking about ceramic, the brakes are ceramic as well!
The wheels are from the racing series as well.
19" on the front and 20" on the back.
And it are centre-lock wheels, which is fun
when you are looking at a car like this.
And when looking at pictures I asked why the nuts are blue on one side and red on the other
and that has to do with the way in which they are tightened.
Which can only be done in one direction, because they might loosen because of the wheel rotation
because of the centre-locks.
So this is the way to remember which wheels belong where, very handy!
So let's talk about how this drives.
Sadly, I don't have space to really put my foot down.
What I can tell you about it, is that feels very direct and pure, as you would expect with a car like this.
It is as good as I had hoped.
It's a shame that I have to hold back.
But so be it.
Of course we borrowed this car from our good friends at Gina Classics.
It is basalt black, one of 5 available colours for this car.
This hasn't even done 2000 kilometres.
Truly a collectors car.
Today, I have actually driven a Carrera GT!
If you want that too, call Gina Classics.
You can find the information on the internet.
So just ask what is should cost.
I would do it, it is really fun!