The sleek, fast, and powerful Porsche Carrera GT!
This svelte and sexy sportscar was introduced in 2004 and is one of the most desired automobiles on the planet! These are its specifications:
Among the car’s unique features are its 5.7-liter, 605-horsepower V10 engine, its monocoque chassis with Porsche-patented engine and transmission mounts made of carbon-reinforced plastic and the first use of a ceramic composite clutch in a production car. The Carrera GT’s aerodynamic and race-bred suspension package provides safe and stable travel at speeds of up to 205 mph (330 km/h). The Carrera GT features the extensive use of lightweight materials, such as magnesium for the car’s substantial wheels and the frames of its special sport seats.
The chassis and suspension of the Porsche Carrera GT are based on the architecture of the Porsche GT1, the car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1998. For example, as on the GT1, the rear track control arms of the Carrera GT are made of aerodynamically designed steel tubes. However, Porsche engineers did not forget the need for driving comfort on the street when they adapted such racing-bred systems for the road-going supercar.
Like a racecar, the Carrera GT uses pushrod suspension with double-track control arms at all four corners to give the Carrera GT its refined response and behavior, feeding forces smoothly and efficiently into the car’s chassis. Where many cars use MacPherson spring struts, the Carrera GT’s spring and damper elements are operated by stainless steel pushrods and pivot levers, which separate the guidance function from the spring action.
Even with its racing-quality performance, the Porsche Carrera GT has a cockpit characterized by functional ambience and the extensive use of high-tech materials. Carbon, magnesium and leather dominate interior materials, with composite components either in their natural state or painted to match the magnesium pieces.
Air conditioning is optimized for weight and the car comes with a standard air filter system. A glass screen is mounted between the supplemental safety bars to help reduce wind buffeting. Even though the Carrera GT is a serious performance car, it can be equipped with many comfort features, including a navigation system and Bose audio. A battery trickle-charger is included as standard equipment.
Unfortunately it costs $440,000, almost ten times the price of the Lexus Hybrid. Of course if price is your concern then consider the Carrera's running costs.....its fuel economy is atrocious at 8 mpg (miles per gallon) in the city and 20 mpg on the open road.
Though the new energy bill requires a fuel economy of 30 mpg—it will only come into effect by 2020. Still, in this age of sky-high fuel prices, energy shortages, and global warming, it's almost a crime to own a sportscar....specially a roaringly fast Carrera!
Even a high-earning Brazilian supermodel thinks twice before buying the Porsche Carrera GT. Alessandra Ambrosio, herself a svelte and sexy thing, has said that she will get into the Carrera with any man!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Posted by Chrissy at 2:09 PM