we All know the fantastic Porsche Carrera GT. The car that was considered one of the three great supercars of the last decade – alongside the Ferrari Enzo and the Mercedes McLaren SLR – today seems anachronistic, simple, even analog. Your engine 5.7 V10 developed a whopping 612 HP, that passed to the rear wheels without filters, by using a manual gearbox. To do this we wanted to speak to you about: why the hell the Porsche Carrera GT had a tube of wood in your gearbox?
In the Porsche Carrera GT was reached to provide a knob optional in carbon fiber, but the handle is of wood it was much more authentic.
In its time, it was a car that represented the pinnacle of the technology in Porsche, with a chassis monocoque carbon fiber, an engine derived almost directly from the competition, a room full of aluminum… and a knob of wood, as in the Mercedes of our grandparents. This knob round was built in wood of birch and ash, and it was a tribute to the knob of the shift lever from the old Porsche 917. The knob of the 917 was built in balsa wood polished in round shape. Why?
The reason was to prevent the pilots quemasen hands with a knob conventional, aluminium. Connected to the engine, its heat is transmitted directly to the hands of the pilot and it was unbearable. After several complaints of its pilots – who had to bear the heat in long endurance racing – Porsche opted for this interesting solution. The wood insulates the heat, and in addition, it was lighter! A historical curiosity and a real nod to the past in competition from Porsche.