For the 2000 Paris Motor Show, Porsche prepared a concept supercar that eventually turned into a limited production car. The concept’s basic shape and specification were close the production version, which included a low-mounted V10 engine that was sourced from their scrapped Le Mans prototype program in 1999.
Two functioning concepts were produced for both the European and North American show circuits. Unlike the production version, they used an LCD to display for instrumentation, had alcantara interior and custom metal switch gear throughout.
Porsche did keep part of the project alive by using the 5.5 L V10 from the prototype in a concept car called the Carrera GT shown at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, mainly in an attempt to draw attention to their display. Surprising interest in the vehicle and an influx of revenue provided from the Cayenne helped Porsche decide to produce the car, and development started on a road-legal version that would be produced in small numbers at Porsche’s new manufacturing facility in Leipzig. Porsche started a production run of the Carrera GT in 2004.