Road Tests Real world tests of Carrera GT vs McLaren F1

0-60mph

Carrera GT
3.9 s
McLaren F1
3.2 s

Top speed

Carrera GT
205 mph
McLaren F1
242 mph

0-100mph

Carrera GT
7.1 s
McLaren F1
6.3 s

1/4 mile

Carrera GT
11.4 s
McLaren F1
11.1 s

Nurburgring time

Carrera GT
7:28.0
McLaren F1
7:11.0

Braking distance at 60mph

Carrera GT
124 ft
McLaren F1
127 ft

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Carrera GT

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Carrera GT

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More torque 590 ft-lb @ 5,750 RPM vs 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM Around 30% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Slightly faster stopping from 60mph 124 ft vs 127 ft Almost the same
Higher redline 8,400 RPM vs 7,500 RPM More than 10% more revs
Side view of McLaren F1

Reasons to consider the
McLaren F1

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Faster top speed 242 mph vs 205 mph 37 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way more expensive sticker price $970k vs $440k Around 2.2x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 3.2 s vs 3.9 s Around 20% faster to 60mph
Fewer cars built 65 vs 1,270 19.5x fewer instances built
Lighter curb weight 2,513 lb vs 3,042 lb More than 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 7:11.0 vs 7:28.0 Around 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Carrera GT  vs
McLaren F1 
Brand Porsche McLaren
Price 440,000 970,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2003-2007 1992-1998
City mileage 8 MPG 9 MPG
Highway mileage 20 MPG 23 MPG
Number built 1,270 65

design

Chief designer Harm Lagaay Gordon Murray
Chief engineer Ferdinand Piëch Gordon Murray
Generation First Generation First Generation
Body style 2-door roadster Coupe
Top type Hard removable Hard fixed

transmission

Transmission make Porsche 6-speed manual McLaren 6 Speed
Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.2:1
2: 1.87:1
3: 1.36:1
4: 1.07:1
5: 0.9:1
6: 0.75:1
Axle ratio 3.3:1 2.37:1
Paddle shifters N/A N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Porsche 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Brembo 13.1 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Porsche 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs Brembo 12 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs
Front tires Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Michelin 235/45ZR17
Front wheels 265/35 19 432/? 229
Wheel material Alloy Magnesium
Rear tires Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Michelin 315/45ZR17
Rear wheels 335/30 20 432/? 292
Wheel material Alloy Magnesium

road tests

Carrera GT  vs
McLaren F1 
Top speed 205 mph 242 mph
1/4 mile 11.4 s 11.1 s
0-60mph 3.9 s 3.2 s
0-100mph 7.1 s 6.3 s
0-200kph 9.9 s 9.4 s
Distance 124 ft 127 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.99 g 0.86 g
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 7:11.0
Drag coefficient 0.4 0.32

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.97 lb/hp 4.01 lb/hp
Maximum hp 612 HP @ 8,000 RPM 627 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 590 ft-lb @ 5,750 RPM 455 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max RPM 8,400 RPM 7,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 3042%/-2942% 42%/58%
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 feet 42.7 feet
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Engine make Porsche 5.7 V10 BMW S70/2
Displacement 5,733 cc 6,064 cc
Cylinders V10 V12
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 12:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.9 in / 3 in 3.4 in / 3.4 in
Block material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,042 lb 2,513 lb
Width 75.6 in 75.6 in
Height 45.7 in 44.1 in
Length 181.5 in 168.8 in
Front track width 63.5 in 61.7 in
Ground clearance 3.4 in 4.7 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in 107.1 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
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