Porsche has always been associated with speed, power, and performance. When the racing industry modified its requirements for auto design, Porsche quickly complied with the 1960 Porsche RS60. The FIA requirements mandated more interior room, a more pronounced windshield, and bigger doors. These requirements resulted in the RS60, which incorporated a longer and wider wheelbase. The expansion of the steel chassis created a heavier vehicle, so to compensate for the added weight, a smaller tire diameter was incorporated.
The RS60 was available in 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7 liter engines which made it adaptable to the Formula Racing. The most common engine type utilized was the 1.5 liter Type 547/3 engine. This was a quad cam engine normally aspirated with 5 speed manual transmission. The Twin Weber 46IDM1 carburetors helped to maximize peak fuel flow for blistering times of the day. The aluminum body sits atop a steel spaceframe with alterations made to minimize excess weight.
The double wishbone suspension was very popular among racing vehicles of the time. The RS60 also featured front and rear magneseum drum brakes. With close to an 87 inch wheel base, this little power house gave everything expected of a Porsche in terms of performance. The top speed reached by this beautiful racing machine is 143 mph, which for the time period was considered to be fast.
Racing and auto enthusiasts can truly appreciate the magnitude of a performance machine with the status of Porsche. The name itself embodies automotive excellence. The Porsche RS60 encountered such success that it was later modified further and offered as the RS61. Though it did not offer much in the way of new or innovative technology to the automobile industry, it is a successful advancement in the world of racing. The 1960 Porsche RS60 provided serious competition to the Ferraris and Mazarattis it competed against.
First appearing at the 2000 Paris Motor Show at the Lourve Museum, the 2004 Porsche Carrera GT is a two-seat roadster which features a V10 engine with a performance of 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. This supercar showcased innovative technology and materials like the monocoque and subframe being made from carbon fiber and a spoiler that deploys into the air at the 70 mph mark. Also, it is fitted with a Carbon fiber reinforced Silicon Carbide ceramic braking system, as well as a front and rear suspension that consists of push-rod activated shock absorbers.
As for the exterior design of the car, the most notable are the large inlets located on the sides and air dams that not only look futuristic but serve the functional purpose of cooling the large V10 engine. The 2004 Porsche Carrera GT came in five basic colors that included Guards Red, Basalt Black, Fayence Yellow, Seal Gray, and GT Silver. In regards to the interior of the 2-door roadster, soft, supple leather and a Bose audio and navigating system were options, where as the traditional left sided ignition came stock in every vehicle.
The 2004 Porsche Carrera GT was manufactured from 2004 to 2006 in Germany and became known as one of the top sports cars of the 2000’s. From its ancestral ties with Le Mans racing to its cutting edge design and technology, this famous roadster is a true testament to the fact that great things really do come in small packages.