The Porsche marque has perfected and proven their automobiles in competition, and has built a near-unrivaled reputation for their race-bred performance, legendary quality and cutting-edge engineering. The Carrera GT can trace its roots back to the legendary 911 GT1, which was developed for the FIA GT Championship series. In 1999, the company began development on a new Le Mans prototype which could replace the GT1. Their plans for their endurance-racing program changed when the FIA made changes to the rules. Instead, Porsche decided to design and develop a limited number of road-going supercars.
From 2004 to May 6th of 2006, Porsche built 1,270 examples of the Carrera GT at their new facility in Leipzig, Germany. Of those, 604 examples were sent to the United States.
Mounted midship in the Carrera GT was a 5.7-liter V10 engine developing 605 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty took just 3.8 seconds with the 100-mph mark shattered in under seven seconds. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 205 mph. Mated to the race-bred engine is a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Carrera GT has a carbon-fiber monocoque finished in GT silver, and the sub-frame structure was produced and assembled by the ATR Composites Group in Italy. Both the clutch and the Carrera GT's brake components employ ceramic composite materials, making them significantly stronger and lighter than conventional systems. The car rides on 19- and 20-inch wheels that were made from ultra-lightweight forged magnesium. That car tips the scale at a mere 3,050 lbs. At above 70 mph, the GT deploys an automated rear wing, providing additional downforce and stability at speed.
Inside, carbon-fiber and brushed aluminum is abundant. There are black leather seats, steering wheel and interior accents that make it comfortable enough for everyday driving. Other luxury amenities include one-touch automatic windows as well as electronically adjustable heated mirrors. There are front- and side-impact airbags as well as anti-lock brakes.
This example was purchased by the current owner in late-September 2007 from a California-based dealer specializing in European motor cars, with 894 miles on the odometer. Current, the car shows just 3,100 miles.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the RM Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $350,000-$400,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $374,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.