Once upon a time the concept of building an incredible top-end halo car required either a complete brainwave from a respected engineer (McLaren F1) or the development of a racing car. The Carrera GT was the latter – arriving after an aborted attempt to take on Audi at Le Mans by Porsche.
At the time it was up against the Ferrari Enzo and not much else, but what perhaps wasn't obvious at the time was that this would become one of the last true hypercars to be fitted with a manual gearbox. The Enzo itself had already been fitted with a semi-automatic, paddle-controlled transmission by this point, but the Carrera soldiered on with its human-ordered ratios. And what a 'box it was, fitted with possibly the most stunning gearstick with which a car has ever been blessed.
That box channelled the output from a sonorous 5.7-litre V10 engine, sending 600bhp to the rear wheels and slinging the GT to 124mph (200km/h) in just 10 seconds and on to over 200mph.