If this were an owner's car, there'd be hell to pay.
The Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porsche's all-time greatest hits, despite its fiery reputation and tricky handling. But a mid-mounted F1-derived V10 engine developing 603 horsepower from 5.7 liters of displacement, channeling it all to the rear tires via a manual gearbox is something to be celebrated. But imagine if you'd bought one of just 1,270 sold globally, only for it to have to be dismantled 78 times? That's sort of the story with this particular Carrera GT, although luckily, it's owned by Porsche itself and not a private owner. So, why has the supercar been dismantled so many times in its 16-year history?
As it so happens, the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia is the only technician training location for the Carrera GT in all of the United States. That means this particular example of the hallowed supercar has trained just about every Carrera GT technician in the US. The rigorous training class includes the removal of the body panels, exposing the bare carbon fiber monocoque underneath. Additionally, technicians are taught how to remove the engine and replace the clutch - a wear and tear item that must take a fair amount of strain when paired to such an engine/gearbox combination. As many as six technicians attend a course together, stripping and reassembling the GT over a four day period up to four times a year.
Only one person is qualified to teach the course, Bob Hamilton, who has been an instructor since 2002, two years before the GT arrived via a Boeing 747 aircraft. Since then, the 16-year-old GT has amassed 1,445 miles on the clock, which is about on par with others that have been snatched up by collectors. Many of which share another trait with this one, in that GT Silver was one of the most common paint colors for the GT. While regular Porsche technicians receive regular training to keep up with new generations of 911 and 718 Cayman, this level of detail is only applied to such limited models as the GT and, of course, the Porsche 918 Spyder which succeeded it.