Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH’s ode to the Porsche 959 that took over the Paris-Dakar race is finally here. The Marsien is a high-speed, all-wheel-drive, carbon-filled take on the 911 Turbo S.
Unveiled today, the company will produce only 40 of these rally-inspired 911s, half of which have already been sold. The name, French for Martian, was inspired by the red sands of the Al Faya desert in the United Arab Emirates, where the company (named after the founder and in no way affiliated with the company Gemballa) tested the car.
“We felt like we were in a completely different universe,”
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A RUF start
The car is based on a 992 generation 911 Turbo S, but the two-turbo flat-six engine is sent to Porsche specialists RUF, which sets it at 100 hp. By default, the Mars produces 740 hp (750 hp / 552 kW), but excellent customers can ask the company to turn the engine all the way up to 818 hp (830 hp / 610 hp). Torque reaches the top of 930 Nm (686 lb-ft), and to make it sound just right, a lightweight Akrapovic exhaust system has been added.
This power, together with the lightweight carbon fiber body and the eight-speed PDK gearbox, helps the car reach 100 km / h in just 2.6 seconds and further to a top speed of 205 km / h (330 km / h ) h), albeit only with the tires fitted. This is an important distinction, because unlike most 911s, Mars is not just about performance on the road. In fact, it gets Michelin Ultra High-Performance tires for road use and off-road tires for off-road use.
You lift me up
Together with the terrain tires, Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH worked with KW Automotive to arrange a suspension system which, at the touch of a button, can raise the suspension from bearing height and give it up to 250 mm (9.8 inches)) ground clearance.
This is not a case of just adding some hydraulic shocks. The companies revised the suspension, giving the car a completely new setup with a double hoop at the front, using reinforced Porsche Cayenne joints for the extended drive shafts, and including piston dampers with intelligent active damper control for use on and off the road. The suspension and engine have been redesigned to include new Gravel, Mud, Sand and Snow modes.
If you do not think you want to use your new Marsien much on the road, you can choose a fixed ride height suspension from Reiger Suspension that comes in full rally tone. Either way, you get an aluminum slide plate to protect the underside of the car from damage.
Keep things light
The body was designed by Alan Derosier, who became known for a handful of his Porsche design studies. To ensure that the car not only looked cool, the team also performed intensive computational fluid dynamics analysis using KLK, a team with experience in aircraft development from Le Mans, Formula E and Formula 1 racing.
As mentioned earlier, the whole body is made of carbon fiber, and if you want to show it to the world, it is a carbon alternative. If you want a little more color in your life, Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH says that it can fulfill any customer request. The car you see here has a three-layer pearl white paint with metal flakes, finished with a ceramic coating. By default, certain elements (front divider, side flaps, side mirrors, etc.) are left in bare carbon to provide contrast.
Finally, the interior has also been upgraded, and it will undoubtedly delight Porsche fans. Inspired by the Carrera GT, the center console is lifted and is made of carbon fiber with a plaque that has the production number of the car built-in. It also has GT-style door lashes, carbon fiber side signs and carbon accents throughout the interior. Leather seats with the company logo are also installed and can be adapted to the buyer’s specifications.
For all his work, Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH charges € 495,000 ($ 585,000 USD) plus the cost of a 911 Turbo S, which calls it $ 207,000 these days. We are beginning to understand why there will only be 40 of these, even though billionaires are racing to space, this may not seem so expensive anymore. The company expects production to start later this year.