Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Another Carrera GT, another four-year service interval. This Nürburgring denizen had logged over 13,000 miles when its owner decided to combine the typical engine-out job with full paint-correction detail. A full photographic record lets us follow along [Rennlist].

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Popping it up on a lift and removing all the wheels and tires for a proper cleaning. A must for any fine detail job.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

There's nothing that says well-flogged supercar like dirty wheel wells. Cleaned and cleaned.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Off come all the crazy undertrays to lay bare the nifty bits underneath.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Cleaning of the underneath parts, exhaust and whatnot. Those pipes running down the center feed water to the radiators at the front of the car.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Fast forward and the clutch is out. Time to take out the Vernier caliper and see if ol' ledfoot is burning down the house. The like-new reading is 31mm; this one is just under 30mm, suggesting 33% wear and a 40,000-mile lifespan. Hallelujah.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Poof. There's the engine.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Time for a thorough clean and polish of that carbon-fiber circus known as an engine bay.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Now for the four-year service. Mainly, it's a matter of checking valve clearances, changing spark plugs and stamping it with a gold star. Metaphorically, of course.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Off come the seats for a good cleaning of the carbon-fiber tub. That and to fix a chip in the footwell.

Supercar Teardown: Another Porsche Carrera GT

Bye-bye bug splatted and rock-chipped paint shield. After some paint freshening by the detailing boys, a new shield goes on.

High-end detailers Miracle Detail use their video device to re-cap the entire job. In all, the whole job probably cost as much as a used E46 BMW M3.