Porsche Carrera GT-R the Only Example that Wanted to Fulfill its Original Purpose
The Porsche Carrera GT -R you see here, a model from 2005, was initially ordered by a customer from Belgium who wanted to take it to the circuits and thus fulfill the original goal of the Stuttgart firm: to have a powertrain and platform developed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As a result, he ended up commissioning a third party to transform his supercar into a racing car. It was renamed the Porsche Carrera GT-R, and is currently on sale in Germany for 849,000 euros.
Mechatronik, the German company that sells the Carrera GT-R, says that this incredible mount was modified by the Belgian workshop GPR Racing to make it an optimal racing car. Thus, it installed a MoTec electronic engine management system (ECU), new custom-made suspension components, an AP Racing brake system, an integrated hydraulic lifting mechanism, a roll cage, BBS magnesium wheels, a fire fighting equipment and all the other equipment needed in a racing car.
Surprisingly, this new reinterpretation of the German supercar retains the same manual gearbox as the standard Carrera GT. Bonhams sold this car in 2015 and since then it has been fitted with a livery that mimics that of the 911 GT1 # 25 that finished second at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. Apparently it cost around € 220,000 to complete this project. The naturally aspirated V10 engine expanded its displacement from 5.5 to 5.7 liters to produce 650 hp, and it is likely to drive as well as new because it is only 2,000 km long.
As it couldn’t be otherwise in a race car, all unnecessary weight was removed, including the active rear wing to fit a larger fixed unit. The interior is that of a true racer, which has been reduced to a carbon fiber bathtub and completely caged. There’s no analogue instrument cluster, no veneer paneling, no good-natured armrests, just race-spec gauges and various custom knobs and controls for the occasion.
According to Mechatronik’s announcement, the original owner intended to race the car in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), but due to changes in regulations he had to stay with the will. Unable to compete, he was gathering dust in his collection, where it has been parked ever since. As expected, it is not cheap. In fact, priced at € 849,000, it’s not overly abusive when you consider that many standard Carrera GTs are selling for over € 1 million.
The Porsche Carrera GT-R is perhaps one of the most spectacular conversions ever made on a machine of this caliber. Because it also received the treatment to be legal on the roads, despite the fact that it “takes its base” in the 9R3 – also known as the Porsche LMP2000 – a secret prototype from the German company that never got to compete at Le Mans, where it was supposed to be.
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