Some people drive to reach other locations. Others drive to compete against fellow drivers. However, there are those who drive just to enjoy the thrill and dynamics or piloting a car, especially if it is a known exotic sports car with superb racing capabilities. More so, if the driver behind the steering wheel of a Porsche Carrera GT is on the famed road track of the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Just recently, the world saw a video in which a Porsche Carrera GT was being driven around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. As we can see on the video, the driver was piloting the Porsche Carrera GT without having to worry about other cars on the course. He was not racing, although his Porsche Carrera GT is a race-bred car that could outpace and outrun vehicles on the road.
He was not there to break some records, like many have been trying to do. He was also not playing around on the road track. Simply put, the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT is enjoying the drive and the performance of his sports car in one of the most challenging road circuits in the world.
Well, the driver of this Porsche Carrera GT should be. After all, the Porsche Carrera GT is not any ordinary car. Produced by Porsche between 2004 and 2007, the Porsche Carrera GT was an offshoot of the carmaker’s 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 racing car programs. A concept form of the Carrera GT was unveiled at the 2000 Paris Motor Show powered by a 5.5 L V10 engine. Surprisingly, people became interested in the car and the increasing sales of the Cayenne prompted Porsche to commence development of a road-going version.
The result of this development is the production version of the Porsche Carrera GT, which is now powered by a 5.7 liter V10 engine that develops 612 hp (450 kW) of max output and 435 lb.ft (590 Nm) of peak torque available at 5,750 rpm. With this astonishing amount of power not found in a typical car, the Porsche Carrera GT could dash from a standstill to a speed of 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). That is not your average car, indeed!
While Porsche originally planned to produce 1,500 units of the Carrera GT, the carmaker discontinued its production in 2006, no thanks to airbag regulations in the United States. Overall, around 1,270 examples of the Porsche Carrera GT were sold.
On the other hand, the Nurburgring Nordschleife is also not an ordinary road track. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most challenging road tracks in the world. Measuring around 13 miles, the Nurburgring Nordschleife is technically a public road, but without the speed limit – which mean drivers could go as fast as they can without being issued a violation ticket. Moreover, the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a combination of significant curves, substantial climbs and drops, a straightaway that stretches for more than a mile as well as variable surfaces.