02 June 2003
02 June 2003
The two-seat Carrera GT is potentially up there with the Ferrari Enzo as one of the most powerful, engrossing and costly road cars.
Porsche is planning to build a maximum of 1,500 Carrera GTs and says that, globally, a majority of them already have buyers. When they get their hands on their car, they will be able to reach 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and, where such things are allowed, 124 mph in 9.9 seconds. At 5.7 litres, the power unit is a couple of hundred cc larger than Porsche’s sports racing car engine.
But impressive though it all is, it is not enough for Porsche. Renowned for the quality, reliability and longevity of its products, it wanted to create something with outstanding road dynamics. So the really high technology element of the Carrera GT is the use of F1 and aerospace materials, particularly carbon fibre, to make a super-light but super-stiff structure.
The car’s wheels are made of magnesium and Porsche has even managed to halve the weight of the car’s two carbon fibre bucket seats.
Michael Hölscher, Porsche’s Carrera GT Project Manager, says that it is only in F1 that such no-compromise automotive applications are adopted, and that Porsche’s use of new materials and development of existing types to reduce weight and increase strength, has never before been achieved in the development of similar series production cars.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.