Back in February, Marc teased Gembipp Gemballa – a new company started by the son of the late Uwe Gemballa who ran the Porsche tuner of the same name. rally clear machine powered by a Ruf engine, tentatively called “Project Sandbox.” This week we have our first glimpse of it, and it has since got a more formal moniker: Marsien.
Yes, in this case Mars is meant to evoke “martian”. And much like Singer’s ACS, this Porsche is a tribute to the 959 Dakar rally car that combined groundbreaking technology with toughness and durability.
Marc Phillipp Gemballa uses a 992 gene 911 Turbo S as a donor car with these buildings, but it replaces a lot. The body panels, for example, are replaced with new ones made of carbon fiber. MacPherson shares in stock are scrapped in favor of double wishbones.
And then there’s the engine. When the flat six bellies on the Ruf are done with it, it provides 740 horsepower and a torque of 685 lb-ft. Though, you can get more if you want; an alternative increases production to 818 HP. Marc Phillipp Gemballa says it’s good enough to get the car to 60 MPH in 2.6 seconds – on asphalt, anyway.
Each Marsien comes with two sets of wheels and tires, one of which is designed for off-road driving. The Martian does not appear to run as high as the ACS, or seems to be able to clear the same terrain with its longer overhangs and more road-oriented treatment with lower bumpers. However, drivers have the option of rattling up the ride height from 4.7 inches to 9.8 inches at the touch of a button, thanks to a hydraulic system.
Marsien carries his inspiration on his sleeve. The rear wing integrated in the body is an obvious recall to the 959, especially when painted white. However, Marc Phillipp Gemballa will allow you to have your Martian in literally any color you want, or no color at all if you would rather go the unpainted carbon fiber path. With the company planning a ride of just 40 cars at a price of around $ 583,000 each (which does not include the price of the 911 Turbo, think), it is reasonable to assume that each one will look very, very unique.