Development of the Porsche Carrera GT began in 2000 and could be traced back to the LMP1-98 and the 911 GT1. Partly due to ACO and FIA rule changes, designs for both racing cars had come to an end. A new LeMans prototype had been planned by Porsche in 1999. Although the vehicle was first planned to be based on a flat-6, it was later tweaked to feature a new V10 engine that had been built in secret by Porsche in 1992 for the Footwork Formula One team. Mid-way through 1999, the project was canceled in part due to Porsche's desire to build the new Cayenne SUV in partnership with Audi and Volkswagen.
Porsche was able to revive the project through the use of the 5.5 L V10 engine from a concept car that was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2000. The car was met with interest and Porsche ultimately decided to go ahead and produce the Carrera GT. Development on a version that would be street legal began in small numbers. In 2004, Porsche began a limited production run. The MSRP of the vehicle was $440,000. The first Carrera GT was sold in the United States in January of 2004.
Although a production run of 1,500 Carrera GT vehicles was originally planned; however, Porsche announced in the summer of 2005 that the Carrera GT would not be continued through 2006. If you need Porsche Carrera GT parts, we have everything you need at eEuroparts.com.