Marc Phillipp Gemballa twisted and transformed a Porsche 911 Turbo S into an ambitious, off-road capable supercar.
The son of late Porsche tuner Uwe Gemballa picked up where his father left off, revealing a fully bespoke off-road capable supercar named Marsien.
Inspired by the legendary era of the Paris Dakar rally, Marc Phillipp Gemballa’s Marsien uses design features from Alan Derosier’s Porsche 908 design study and more specifically, the Porsche 959 Paris Dakar.
Originally named Project Sandbox, the 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S was made in Germany and refined offroad through the Arabian desert. The full carbon fiber body is raised 120mm above the tarmac in road mode, or can be lifted a total of 250mm above the sand in off-road mode.
It features a twin-turbo flat-six engine tuned by renowned tuner Porsche Ruf, producing 552 kW / 930 Nm on all four wheels.
In addition to Ruf’s handwork, Gemballa partnered with aftermarket company Akrapovic to create a unique titanium exhaust system for the project, as well as KW Automotive to design a multi-link front / rear suspension setup to custom double triangulation. Active control shocks can respond in 20 milliseconds to adapt to any type of terrain.
The all-terrain vehicle has a set of forged 20-inch front and 21-inch rear central locking wheels with Michelin tires in its on-road configuration, or can be fitted with front wheels from 19 inch and 20 inch rear wrapped in all-terrain tires for the all-terrain format. Gemballa says the on-road setup will see the Marsien sprint from zero to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds.
Only 40 examples of the Marsien are expected to be built, with the automaker saying deposits have already been taken for more than half of the production run. The Marsien’s conversion price is € 495,000 (AU $ 784,000), which excludes the cost of the base Porsche 911 Turbo S (992 generation) vehicle.
Marc Phillipp Gemballa exists as a newly founded company; a separate entity from the Gemballa tuning firm.
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