Depending on who you talk to, the Porsche Carrera GT is either a loved or feared supercar. Regardless the value of this ultra-rare Porsche has skyrocketed in recent years. As a result, many owners opt to keep their precious machines stowed away in secure garages.
However, one owner covered on the Seb Delanney YouTube channel has a completely different message. After covering over 100,000 miles in his hypercar, this owner shows that using these cars is surprisingly affordable. Additionally, this owner gives us a useful tip on how not to crash this $800,000 Porsche.
How much does a Porsche Carrera GT cost in 2021?
When the Porsche Carrera GT debuted back in 2004, it carried a base price of $448,000, says DuPont Registry. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about $620,374 in today’s money. Despite the high initial price tag, Porsche managed to produce and sell 1,270 examples of this ultra-rare hypercar.
Fortunately for Porsche Carrera GT owners, the car’s value has just about kept up with inflation. According to Hagerty, there are four states which directly determine your car’s condition. Cars in the Fair category cost around $520,000. From there, cars in Hagerty’s Good category can fetch around $670,000.
If this car’s owner managed to resist the urge to drive it, they’ve likely cleared a decent profit. According to Hagerty, cars that fall under the Excellent category reportedly sell for around $800,000. The best-selling examples in the Concours category can fetch close to $1 million.
While these are great incentives to simply park the Porsche Carrera GT, one owner says you shouldn’t.
This ultra-rare hypercar is more affordable if you drive it
Despite the massive valuations, the Porsche Carrera GT owner covered by Seb Delanney refuses to stop driving his hypercar. In fact, one of the many Carrera GT examples he owns has covered around 100,000 miles. During that time, the owner reports little to no issues. In fact, according to Seb Delanney, problems arise with cars that sit for too long.
One of the main issues that plague low-mileage examples surrounds the fuel tanks. According to this Carrera GT owner, extensive corrosion forces you to replace them at the cost of $30,000. Additionally, the owner suggests that cars that sit can easily rack up more expensive repair bills needing unnecessary major servicing to keep them running.
As a result, putting thousands of miles on this car will actually save you money. According to this owner, the only issue his car experienced surrounded the exhaust system. As a result of some poor-quality fuel, the car’s catalytic converters got clogged up. This repair cost $20,000. Aside from that one mishap, the owner reports a trouble-free experience over many years.
Is the Carrera GT dangerous?
If you look up the Porsche Carrera GT, you’ll quickly find plenty of horror stories and major crashes across the world. The owner Seb Delanney interviewed, has a quick explanation as to why this is.
Given the extremely wide rear tires, losing grip in this car could prove deadly if you don’t know how to handle it. While instinct tells you to lift off the throttle once you start to spin, this owner suggests doing the opposite. By keeping your foot down on the accelerator, you’ll force the car to spin the tires in a straight line, eventually regaining control. As a result, you have to trust the car and its clever racecar engineering.
Lastly, the owner gives a top on how to use the difficult race clutch. While some owners mess up the $20,000 part, this owner found a way around it. When taking off, you don’t need to engage the gas pedal at all. Giving the car gas only wears out the clutch prematurely. As a result, driving one of these hypercars daily isn’t quite as daunting if you know what you’re doing.