A blob about the Carrera GT’s wooden knob

Ever wonder why the Carrera GT came with a wooden shift knob (below) and not one made from carbon fiber, a material which was heavily used throughout the car to save weight?

To honor the 1970 Le Mans champion 917 racer (below), which used a balsa wood shifter simply because of its durability and light weight, Porsche decided to use a shift knob made from lightweight stratified birch/ash wood for the Carrera GT.

Do you think Porsche did the balsa wood version justice? See the original below.

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5 Comments on “A blob about the Carrera GT’s wooden knob”

  1. qabaq Says:

    not a big fan of how it looks, but the history behind it makes up for it 😉

  2. Mathai Says:

    Now this is a great way to honor that car!

  3. Miss Good Egg Says:

    Allaaah wanasa!!! It looks super cute!!! I WANT ONE in my car!

  4. id Says:

    Great car!! great post, didn’t know the history behind the knob always was curious though. Thanks

  5. bu z Says:

    i did wonder y they used wood. very interesting, thanks 🙂

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