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Discussion in 'Porsche' started by Sterling Sackey, Jan 23, 2018.
U da man!!!
That is priceless appreciation (as opposed to depreciation)
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Thanks for sharing Sterling. Any reason why most were ordered in GT Silver?
Well, GT Silver was the "communication color" as it's called (the color Porsche advertised and showed the car in upon debut), so that certainly had an affect on orders from individuals and dealers. The car also generally looks great in GT Silver, silver suits a German supercar, etc.
Here is some Porsche text on communication colors, taken from the recent GT3 RS launch:
"...what’s known as a communication color. “By that we mean the precise hue that’ll be used for a specific model in all of its marketing,” explains Sina Brunner, who coordinates design with sales. “This particular hue will feature in all product communications, starting with the world premiere and the initial advertising campaigns.” And pleasing people is by no means the most important job of a communication color. Instead, its main purpose is to accentuate the unusual and unique qualities of a Porsche and thereby attract people’s attention."
Silver is obviously not particularly attention-grabbing, but I think they were primarily looking for a color that would pair well with the more attention-grabbing interior options which were very unique to the Carrera GT, Ascot Brown and Terracotta.
I've heard anecdotal reports that the striking Ascot Brown and Terracotta interiors were based on the colors of some higher-ups at Porsche's wives handbags, but I can't confirm this one quite yet...
I remember the critiques of this car's profile when new, today I think more people appreciate the unique roadster design penned under the direction of Harm Lagaay. The typical wedge-shaped supercar can get old, this was something totally fresh
It was the car's signature color, the launch color that belied Porsche Ag's racing heritage from the time when German racing cars were all silver - actually bare metal - before they became white.
Also, as a certain retired GM Chief Designer once told us, many presentation cars or prototypes are silver because that hue flatters body lines & shapes best
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Concept at rest. This car is special to behold in person, although the production car came out even better in my opinion
White Carrera GT on Saudi plates about 2 months ago in what appears to be London. There are quite a few Middle Eastern CGTs in white, perhaps someone can chime in on the build number and/or interior color. This car would have benefitted from white as a standard color, but the fact it was PTS makes them all the more special!
Parked with verve.
The cost of the car is probably about a week's allowance for the prince... no big deal...
Andrew Zalasin speaking about his love for the Carrera GT, he owns 3 of these cars and drives them regularly:
I'll be uploading some of the more interesting pages from the Carrera GT service book I obtained recently:
The general history leading up to the Carrera GT, straight from the source
Specific overview of the car
Further overview with materials review
Towing, PDI, & servicing
Dimensions & how to lift the car
Oil & cooling systems info
Clutch & transmission info. Note the gearbox is manufactured by the Hör company, not in-house at Porsche
Gear ratios, limited-slip differential locking rates, & transmission lubrication & oil
Chassis design, confirmed by Porsche to be based on the GT1 Le Mans racing car
Front axle details, including specs. Note the spring rate is equivalent to 400 lbs/in in American units
More suspension & steering details, including steering ratio @ 15.7:1, relatively tame compared to modern-day supercars
Rear axle & control arm details. Note spring rate is equivalent to 457 lbs/in, harder springs than found in the front of the car, contributing to the Carrera GT's renowned propensity for cornering rotation
Rear way bar adjustment, wheels & central locking nuts
Note this very important line:
"When the Carrera GT is delivered it is set to the firmest [rear anti-roll bar setting], which tends towards oversteer in a sporty dynamic style of driving. The two other settings change the driving dynamics successively towards understeer."
According to reports, Porsche later started delivering the cars with the rear anti-roll bar on the "medium" setting. Owners who have switched to the "soft" setting report a huge increase in handling confidence and less of a tendency towards oversteer.
Anyway, this is proof that the car was intended to oversteer from the factory, a tendency that the factory racing drivers who tested the car loved - although, Porsche clearly overestimated the capability of its customers in the driving department!