THE PORSCHE CARRERA GT
Originally created as a Le Mans prototype to replace Porsche’s legendary GT1, the Carrera GT was a stillborn project that never got its chance to compete due to changes in FIA regulations. Porsche, however, believed that it had something special on its hands and decided to press go forward and develop the platform for road use as an extreme motorcar with unparalleled features. First seen in concept form at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, the Carrera GT received an tremendous amount of attention. Porsche then was confident to launch the Carrera GT for production. With a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and a race-derived 5.7-liter V-10 at its heart, its competition genes were quite obvious. Ultimately, only 1,270 examples were built, of which 644 cars were sent to the US market.
This would be the first V-10 engine used in a Porsche, and it proved to be the defining feature of the automobile, providing the car with not only a breathtaking soundtrack but also incredible performance.