Porsche 918 Spyder and Porsche Carrera GT in Mayfair, London

The two most iconic  Porsche cars of the century are the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Carrera GT. They are of the same place and of the same time. They are both second-hand and can be found at the Mayfair Porsche dealer. You might think – what is special about this? It is extremely rare to spot a Carrera GT nowadays and even if you do spot one, it is extremely rare to spot 918 Spyder next to it.

However, things are a bit different in Mayfair, London and you see these two iconic cars side by side in the same place.

The limited run of the Carrera GT was introduced in 2002. At the same time, Mercedes-McLaren introduced the SLR, Ferrari introduced the Enzo, and Ford introduced the Ford GT. Years have passed and these cars have become a memory of the past. As they were produced in very limited quantities, it is literally very hard to spot them. However, the Carrera GT has something extra-special. When they were introduced, Ferrari and Mercedes-McLaren ignored the use of manual gearboxes, and Porsche decided to turn the manual gearbox experience into a horror movie. The ceramic clutch was designed to cope with the engine’s massive torque. Therefore, it is extremely hard to get started in the case of the Carrera GT. When you try to drive as you would with a normal manual, you stall the engine. The ceramic clutch was coupled with an auto-throttle system. So you should not apply the throttle until the car starts to roll. Therefore, the Carrera GT will be unique forever.

What about the 918 Spyder? Just one word. Emissions! The Porsche 918 Spyder only emits 70 co2/km. How is this possible? It is not the #dieselgate. It is the electric motor that does the trick. This time Porsche decided to improve the driving experience and introduced an all-wheel drive hyper car with a hybrid system. The result is the 918 Spyder, with a super low co2 emission level, and the only all-wheel drive hyper car. The rear wheels are connected to the V8 engine with an electric motor, and the front wheels are connected to a second electric motor. When the car doesn’t need the the front electric motor, it is de-clutched by the computer. Basically, Porsche has turned a hyper car into a daily car.

So, each of these cars has very unique characteristics that differentiate them from their competitors. They might be not the fastest cars, but they are certainly the most innovative.


Second Hand Porsche Carrera GT

Second hand Porsche Carrera GT, I wasn’t planning to start with this, but last week I saw a Porsche Carrera GT up close for the first time. However, it wasn’t brand new. It was second hand at a dealership in Mayfair, London.

Twelve years ago the Carrera GT was an outstanding car along with the Ferrari Enzo and Mercedes McLaren SLR. However, due to the GT’s driving character, they are one of the lesser-spotted super cars. The Carrera GT was only available with a manual gearbox and the clutch was quite hard to control as it was ceramic. Therefore, I’ve never come across one to take some photos. On the other hand it’s really easy spot a SLR or an Enzo. They are more driver-friendly, relatively. Driver friendliness is an important issue for many super car buyers; they don’t want to deal with a heavy clutch or steering wheel while heading to a night club.

Even though the Carrera GT is more than twelve years old (production year 2004), it is still extremely powerful! The GT was powered by a 5-lt V10 petrol engine with 612 HP and 590 Nm of torque. It needs only 3.7 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) with a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).

These figures were mind-blowing twelve years ago, and in 2015 are still mind-blowing! Though you won’t be able to connect your iPhone or charge or your iPad, I’ll bet these factors wouldn’t bother anyone the least inside a Carrera GT.



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Last Video of Paul Walker Before the Accident

Yesterday, Fast & Furious star Paul Walker (40) lost his life in a tragic car accident. According to news, Paul Walker was inside a Porsche Carrera GT and the control of the vehicle is lost and crashed. The footage shows the car was on fire as a result of the crash. Unfortunately, Paul Walker and the other passenger cannot be rescued from the burning vehicle.
He was returning from a charity event to raise money for Reach Out Worldwide.
Porsche Carrera GT was manufactured between 2004 – 2007. It is powered by a V10 5.7-lt engine with 612 HP and the top speed of 305 km/h. Carrera GT only weighs 1.3-tonne!
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Porsche, Paul Walker Facebook Page

The Best Looking Car at Night from the Rear-End

Cars at night, here is the photo of the supercars with their tail lights at night. BMW Z4 is not a supercar but I have no idea how it ends up on this list. And also, I really wonder why there is no McLaren and Jaguar. I am definitely sure that, both of these brands look fantastic at night.

Last Minute New Year Gift: A Brand New Porsche Carrera GT

Brand New Porsche Carrera GT with 133 km (88 miles) driven for $450,000! Let me give a flash back, Porsche Carrera GT was produced between the year 2004 – 2007 and only 1270 were made. Basically, you cannot buy a brand new Carrera GT because there is no production!

However, someone in USA decided to buy Carrera GT and kept it until 2012! Moreover, the owner literally never drove the Carrera GT! And this sounds a bit unusual but there are many customers are like that, they buy a very expensive and a rare car but never drive it. This is the same case!

A bit information!
Porsche Carrera GT powered by a 5-lt V10 petrol engine with 612 HP and 590 Nm of torque. Needs only 3.7 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) with the top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). The engine is coupled with 6-speed manual gearbox, there was not double clutch gearbox option at those years. And the clutch is a ceramic composite one, also the brakes are carbon silicone carbide ceramic.

If you want to buy a brand new Porsche Carrera GT, you only have couple of hours before the auction on eBay finishes. And Porsche bags are included as well ;)

Happy New Year! Probably the best last minutes new year gift.

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Ferrari Maserati of San Francisco Dealer

Porsche 918 Spyder with Electric Power

Porsche 918 Spyder, this new Porsche will take the space after Carrera GT left the production. Porsche 918 Spyder is a totally new concept, unlike Carrera GT it does not run on only petrol power, Porsche 918 runs with electric power as well. There are two electric engines are placed in 918 Spyder, one in front axle (122 PS) and the other one in rear axle (108 PS) act as a hybrid and runs with petrol engine. Moreover, 4.6-lt V8 petrol engine is also present and produces 570 PS of power. The combination of electric and petrol engines deliver more than 770 PS of power to Porsche 918 with only 3lt/km of consumption level! In addition, batteries can be charged by plug-in but charging times are not announced yet. The top speed is more than 325 kph (200 mph).
918 Spyder will also feature adaptive rear-axle steering and fully adaptive aerodynamics. Rear-axle steering can be found in BMW cars today and improves the cornering and parking significantly. Adaptive aerodynamics will be similar to Bugatti Veyron’s adaptive rear spoiler; acting as an air brake and improve handling at high speed.
Porsche 918 Spyder will go into production end of September 2013 and first delivery will be before the end of 2013. Porsche will be using carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFPR) to manufacture 918 Spyder. This enables to reduce the weight significantly and improve consumption, better handling and also better safety in higher speeds. As a result of this new technologies, Porsche defines the 918 Spyder as minimum consumption and maximum of performance.
According to press release and technical information, Porsche 918 Spyder will create a path in super car segment. During 2000s; we saw Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes McLaren SLR, Porsche Carrera GT and Ford GT. Each of these cars developed and improved the meaning of super car, and in following years we will a new type of super car territory. 

Specifications of the Porsche 918 Spyder*

Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics
(CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier;
two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.

Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with drysump
lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and
decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit
on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four
cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery;
thermal management.

Engine Power: > 570 hp (V8 engine)
~ 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)
~ 80 kW (electric motor on front axle)
> 770 hp (combined)

Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic
lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power
steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical
system for individual rear wheel steering

Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive
recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).

Energy supply: Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL
nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mainscompatible
plug-in charger.

Performance: Top speed > 325 km/h
purely electric > 150 km/h
Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h < 3.0 s

(NEDC): Total ~ 3.0 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: Total ~ 70 g/km
Range: Purely electric > 25 km
* Provisional specifications

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