The son of the founder of Gemballa has officially unveiled the first modified model under his new brand, the Marc Philipp Gemballa Mansier. A brutal preparation on the Porsche 911 Turbo inspired by the Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar and that has a very radical frame configuration and a power exceeding 800 hp.
Although it was announced at the beginning of last year, it has not been until now that we have had the first official images and data of the first model of Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH, the company of the son of the founder of the famous preparer Gemballa, today in the hands of new owners. This is the result of the Sandbox project and for the moment its official name is Marc Philipp Gemballa Marsien, a French word that means Martian, due to the resemblance of the red planet with the type of sandy surfaces for which it has been designed, this radical off-road variant of the Porsche 911.
We do not know if Marc Philipp Gemballa is going to use a shorter commercial name, but at the moment this first prototype presented It has an emblem in several points that clearly outlines the initial G of its famous surname. Something that will not make any grace to the current owners of Gemballa, who already sued him last year for the use of that name and several models of the German tuner.
As for the model itself, at the moment we have very few close-up images and the vast majority of them correspond to its rear area, one of the most attractive due to its wide hips and the huge integrated spoiler. Apart from the emblems with the letter G, at the rear we find the name Project Sandbox. From the interior we only have the occasional image of some portions of the seats in which the emblem with the letter G also appears.
Based on the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Marsien has been heavily modified to accommodate a completely new suspension scheme developed by KW Automotive and equipped with adaptive dampers. capable of raising ground clearance from 120mm to 250mm in its most radical configuration. Although for the most extreme users there is also an optional off-road package that mounts an optional Reiger suspension that allows even more intense use and that has greater ground clearance.
On a mechanical level, we find the 6-cylinder flat twin-turbo from the original model but retouched by the RUF specialist. Standard delivers 750 hp (740 hp), which is already a noticeably higher power figure than usual for a vehicle intended to roll off the asphalt, although there is also a stage 2 kit that boosts performance to 830 hp (819 hp) and 930 Nm. The exhaust system has been custom developed by Akrapovic. It is capable of reaching 100 km / h from a standstill in just 2.6 seconds and its maximum speed is 330 km / h, although for this it must mount the asphalt tires that the company supplies simultaneously together with the off-road tires.
On the exterior level, we find a hypervitaminated Porsche 911 that has enormously widened wheel arches to accommodate the new axles, as well as shapes that seem to be clearly inspired by the Porsche 959, especially in its competition version, which won the Paris-Dakar Raid in its 1986 edition. If the client wishes, he can order the new carbon fiber bodywork in full.
The price of this transformation is very high, as is usual in these exclusive limited editions. In addition to the donor vehicle itself, the client must pay an invoice of € 495,000, which is a total of more than € 745,000 if we count the cost of a new Porsche 911 Turbo S.