Carrera GT - Eight year engine out service (Pic heavy)

Carrera GT - Eight year engine out service (Pic heavy)

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braddo

10,310 posts

186 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Amazing.

Am I right in saying that the engine's heads appear to be around the same level as the rear axle centre-line?


vince980

34 posts

136 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Great post, thanks for sharing!

mybrainhurts

90,809 posts

253 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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You didn't mention the washer bottle. Did they check the washer bottle?

CampingGaz

189 posts

141 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Crikey. I'm in awe of all of that ''stuff' normally hidden away.




c4sman

758 posts

152 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Amazing Pics and very interesting to see what's involved in keeping a hypercar in the very best condition. Thanks for sharing

Pit Pony

7,934 posts

119 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Impressive. whilst I personally like a bit of grime and patina, I can see you must actually love that car. I'd have suggested OCD, but I don't think that would be correct. OCD would be doing the same to a W reg astra (like my father in law) but that is genuine unconditional love. It's not often I'm jealous.

sticks090460

1,070 posts

156 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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It'd be interesting to see a pic of the invoice.......

Turn7

23,396 posts

219 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Fantatsic to see one under the skin. I never realised how much carbon they had in them.

As someone else, I bet the invoice made you wince on that on that one.

IMIA

9,391 posts

199 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Turn7 said:
Fantatsic to see one under the skin. I never realised how much carbon they had in them.

As someone else, I bet the invoice made you wince on that on that one.
Amazing car. I'm surprised they did not make the screws out of CF lol. Even a CF clutch!!!!

DasChin

609 posts

214 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Great post and simply wow wow wow.

One of my all time fave cars and what an incredible piece of engineering. Way ahead of its time.

That is a huge lump n gearbox. U don't realise until u see it out of the car!! No wonder they are so quick n ferocious ;-)

StuB

6,695 posts

237 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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That really is a full service & no sight of a computer plugged into a diagnostic port!

Wonder what the OPC levy was?

stefan1

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977 posts

230 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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To those wondering what the bill was, it was just under £10k. That included some elective work (like refurbishing the wheels, a new battery, replacing the helper springs on the dampers etc.). The intermediate services (e.g. last year) are typically less than £1,500. It's a big number, but I think really good value compared to the bills from some marques.

The detailing was another £1,200 on top of this, and fresh Paintshield a further £3k.

I took the car out for its first proper run of the season this afternoon. By heck, it's good! Roof off, that lovely V10 howl chases you down the road, and I'd forgotten just how well this car turns in - especially in higher speed corners where the aero starts to work. The brake pedal feel is also perfect - strangely I don't any PCCB equipped car post the CGT has had such a good pedal feel.

stefan1

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977 posts

230 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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anonymous said:
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I think your last sentence has it spot on. There is a balance, and I could have chosen not have the engine removed because it is possible to adjust the valve clearances in situ. But I do have a lot of faith in the techs at Reading. The guys who work on the CGTs (and now 918s) are part of a small team that mostly work on just those cars, so they are pretty used to this sort of work. Put another way, there are around 70 CGTs in the UK, I am led to believe. Each car by now will have had 2 engine out services (assuming they follow the regime), so that's 140 such services performed over the last 8-9 years - so certainly more than 100.

My car really does get used properly, and so its good to get things likes hoses, belts and seals checked and replaced as needed, particular as the car is approaching 10 years old. And for me, at least, I like every four years bringing the car back to as close to new as possible. But, as you say, there is a balance so now I hope to have four more years of just driving it!

Cheers

R8Steve

4,150 posts

173 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Wow! Amazing attention to detail and a stunning car!

I thought I was hard done by at service time as well laugh

JonV12V

195 posts

143 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Stefan,

Interesting write up and photos.

Out of interest, have you fitted front axle lift? Interested in your views, given the mileage you've driven in your CGT?

Also, hadn't heard about respraying the magnesium wheels - was this something recommended by the Tech team at Reading given age/condition ?

Jon

IMIA

9,391 posts

199 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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stefan1 said:
To those wondering what the bill was, it was just under £10k. That included some elective work (like refurbishing the wheels, a new battery, replacing the helper springs on the dampers etc.). The intermediate services (e.g. last year) are typically less than £1,500. It's a big number, but I think really good value compared to the bills from some marques.

The detailing was another £1,200 on top of this, and fresh Paintshield a further £3k.

I took the car out for its first proper run of the season this afternoon. By heck, it's good! Roof off, that lovely V10 howl chases you down the road, and I'd forgotten just how well this car turns in - especially in higher speed corners where the aero starts to work. The brake pedal feel is also perfect - strangely I don't any PCCB equipped car post the CGT has had such a good pedal feel.
Pretty reasonable considering how exotic the car is. Is the insurance reasonable too?

Conian

8,030 posts

199 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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hell of a car, a hell of a service
they dont do all that on my 944 biggrin

Emeye

9,773 posts

221 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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Great pics, and got me wondering - how many man hours work involved in taking the engine in and out, and also, due to the race car style design, does this speed up removal of the engine and other major components compared to your usual road going Porsche?

stefan1

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977 posts

230 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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IMIA said:
Pretty reasonable considering how exotic the car is. Is the insurance reasonable too?
Yes, I think so - less than 1% of value on a multi-car policy with Zurich.

stefan1

Original Poster:

977 posts

230 months

Sunday 22nd March 2015
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JonV12V said:
Stefan,

Interesting write up and photos.

Out of interest, have you fitted front axle lift? Interested in your views, given the mileage you've driven in your CGT?

Also, hadn't heard about respraying the magnesium wheels - was this something recommended by the Tech team at Reading given age/condition ?

Jon
I haven't had the lift kit fitted as I prefer to keep the car entirely standard. And I've got used to the technique of approaching ramps and speed humps at an angle to avoid grounding the car. The front splitter does take some punishment, but it is not an expensive part and I've only replaced it once.

Re the wheels, there were just a few small places where the lacquer had lifted (on the inside edge of two of the wheels), so we agreed it made sense to refurbish. It only cost £100 a wheel (we did all of them to ensure a good colour match), so a sensible precaution given the wheels cost over £5k each.

Glad you (and everyone else) has enjoyed the photos. I am putting together into a photo book to keep with the car.

Cheers