Render: Gemballa Marsien imagined with Rothmans livery
A spaceship-like off-roading Porsche might have popped up in your feed recently. It is the Gemballa Marsien - a tribute to the OG Porsche 959 rally car.
If you’ve heard the Gemballa name before, the Marsien (French for Martian) is brought to you by the second generation of the family, Marc Philipp Gemballa (son of Uwe Gemballa), through his new company, Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH.
Sounds unnecessarily confusing and bizarre? That’s not unexpected of anything to do with Gemballa.
Aptly named the Marsien (French for Martian)
So, this is not something officially from Porsche.
It is based on the Porsche 911 (992) Turbo S and has been rebodied with carbon fibre.
The 3.8-litre flat-6 Twin Turbo Porsche 911 (992) Turbo S engine has been blessed by the engineers at RUF to produce 750 PS and 930 Nm of torque (increase 100 PS &130 Nm from factory tune).
Rendered with Rothmans Livery
A second stage upgrade by RUF will bump it up to 830 PS (with enhanced VTG turbo chargers and a revised ECU mapping and transmission setting).
Interesting looking car indeed. I got a soft spot for Porsches, so I dig it. How much do I dig it? Enough to make me spend some time colouring it with my own interpretation of the Rothmans livery.
Specs are listed at the bottom in case you’re interested…
More pictures of the Marsien and the OG 959 for you to see:
Marc Philipp Gemballa
The OG Dakar Rally Porsche 959 at the Porsche Museum
Now for the details...
Powertrain Specs & Performance
|Engine||3.8-L flat-6 Twin Turbo|
|Max. Power||750 PS @ 7,000 rpm|
|Max. Torque||930 Nm @ 5,000 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed DCT (PDK)|
|Fuel tank||67 litres|
|Max. Speed||335 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||2.6 s|
|0-200 km/h||7.8 s|
|Front brakes||6-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers with 350 mm cross-drilled and internally vented brake discs|
|Rear brakes||4-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers with 350 mm cross-drilled and internally vented brake discs|
|Front Suspension||Double Wishbone suspension with anti-roll bar|
|Rear Suspension||Multi-link suspension with anti-roll bar|
- Also equipped with Hydraulic Lift system with a lift height of an additional 130 mm to the on road level to an off road ground clearance of 250 mm
|Ground Clearance||250 mm|
Off-road wheel & tyre
|Front wheel & tyre||8.5J X 19 ET53, 235/55 ZR 19|
|Rear wheel & tyre||9.0J X 20 ET 26, 255/55 ZR 20|
Road wheel & tyre
|Front wheel & tyre||9.0J X 20 ET64, 255/35 ZR 20|
|Rear wheel & tyre||12.0 J X 21 ET63, 315/30 ZR 21|