The Porsche Carrera GT is still counted among the most exciting sports supercars in the world, more than 15 years after it first appeared. Those lucky enough to own one know just how valuable it is but there are some units in need of refurbishment too, and one of them was passed to Porsche Classic for reconstruction as part of a custom order. Since 2016, Porsche Classic has been responsible for the genuine parts supply of the Carrera GT super sportscar, so it was only natural that the owner gave them the project.
The collector wanted complete, custom reconstruction of the vehicle, implemented at a manufacturing quality that can only be achieved by Porsche itself. The process involved the vehicle being entirely disassembled into individual parts, with every component extensively checked, and refurbished or replaced where necessary.
To set off the completely overhauled engine, transmission, and chassis components to their best advantage, the Carrera GT was also treated to a full refinish. Working with Porsche Classic, the owner chose Oak Green Metallic paintwork – a colour that appeared for the first time in the 1970s, but which has never been available for the Carrera GT.
The complementary 5-spoke magnesium tyres were specially designed, taking their initial inspiration from the legendary motorsport tyres from BBS, which had a star-spoke painted in gold and a polished rim ring. However, material experts from the Porsche R&D Centre Weissach advised that polishing the rim ring would structurally alter the material in such a way that it would potentially be dangerously weakened, so an alternative engineering process was required to create the desired metallic high-gloss effect rim.
The solution to the challenge lay in using silver, a precious metal. In an innovative procedure that had never before been used in series vehicle construction, a silver layer was applied to create a visually chrome-like surface finish. Serving as a technical contrast to this is the blue-and-silver central wheel lock, bearing the Porsche emblem in colour.
Even at this stage, the work on this special Carrera GT was far from complete. “Because the coating on older carbonfibre parts tends to yellow and fade, we spent 350 hours manually sanding and recoating all the carbonfibre components, including the monocoque,” explained Uwe Makrutzki, Manager of Porsche Classic Factory Restorations in Stuttgart.
With a V10 engine producing 612 ps which was derived from a Formula 1 powertrain, premium design, and – not least – the incomparable driving experience it offers, the Carrera GT remains a milestone in the world of sports supercars today.