The Porsche Carrera GT is one magic carpet that certainly doesn't really need to be modified heavily. It's already one of the fastest sports cars in the world, and it looks great factory fresh. German engineers at TechArt, however, always see room for improvement, and have created a very subtle, tasteful set of aerodynamic upgrades that don't negatively impact the car's inherent good looks.
Up front, a new chin spoiler is added to the existing lower fascia and a top-exit air outlet (as seen on the GT3) is fitted ahead of the trunklid. In back, a 3-piece gurney flap is installed on the car's trailing edge, with the middle section permanently attached to the extendable rear wing. All the pieces are unpainted carbon fiber. TechArt leaves the stock wheels and tires in place, and in what must have been an exercise in superhuman self-control, the TechArtists leave the Carrera GT's engine and suspension in stock trim.
But it's TechArt, and you know they can't let something leave their shop without it being more powerful in some way, so they upgrade the intake and exhaust system, increasing maximum power from 612 hp to 635 hp. Because after all, what can you possibly accomplish with only 612 horses?
As is the case with any of their projects, the interior is upgraded with custom leather and carbon fiber trim. Interior options are essentially limitless, as TechArt will create the cabin to-order. The same goes for the paint -- a good thing since that metallic orange won't work for everyone. Dutch customers and Syracuse alumni would presumably be good to go, though. No word on whether or not the customer whose car is pictured falls into either category...
(More pics, press release after the jump)
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TechArt Automobildesign Refines the Porsche Carrera GT
Is it possible to make a Porsche Carrera GT even more sporty and exclusive? Yes it is! TechArt Automobildesign (Röntgenstrasse 47, D-71229 Leonberg-Höfingen, phone +49 / (0) 71 52 / 9 33 9-0, fax +49 / (0) 71 52 / 93 39 33, Internet www.techart.de) now customizes one of the rare mid-engine super sports cars for one of its long-time customers.
The TechArt designers have developed aerodynamically efficient custom-tailored body components made from exposed carbon fiber that serve as a visual contrast to the metallic-orange special paint. A new air outlet on the upper half of the front fascia and a one-piece spoiler lip on the lower half give the front of the two-seater an even more dynamic appearance. The low-reaching front spoiler reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds further and thus further optimizes directional stability.
TechArt has also developed a three-piece gurney flap that serves as the aerodynamic counterpart in the rear. The center piece of the separation edge extends together with the pop-up rear wing and in combination with the fixed spoiler edges on the left and right produces additional downforce on the rear axle.
While suspension and tires remain untouched the peripherals of the 5.7-liter V10 engine are upgraded with a TechArt stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system and a modified intake system. Both benefit not only the engine sound that escapes through the two production tailpipes; the modifications also increase maximum power output from 612 hp / 450 kW to some 635 hp / 467 kW.
Further room for improvement of the Carrera GT lay in the cockpit. TechArt customized the interior with an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel with leather/carbon fiber rim, and a shifter made from exposed carbon fiber. Requests for even more exclusive and colorful fully leather interiors are answered by the TechArt upholstery shop.