Tired of supercars that are too fast for the road? Bored by hypercars that are confined to private test tracks? Then we might have the machine you’ve been waiting for. A go-anywhere, do-anything supercar.
Courtesy of Marc Philipp Gemballa, the 27-year-old son of late, great German tuner Uwe Gemballa, welcome to the Marsien. It was once a Porsche 911 Turbo S. It’s now an all-carbon high-riding dune-bashing 750hp monster.
Now, this new ‘MPG’ venture isn’t anything to do with the other company under the Gemballa name that’s promising its own mutant 911 and a new hypercar. Marc doesn’t own the legal rights to his father’s company title, so he’s gone ahead and created his own start-up, following in his dad’s Porsche-modifying sandtracks. Good lad.
The plan is to build 40 Marsiens. They will be based on the talented underpinnings of the latest Porsche 992 Turbo S: Top Gear’s reigning Performance Car of the Year.
The ‘Marsien’ name is derived from the word ‘Martian', because it looks like it’s on the surface of the Red Planet when testing out in the Arab Emirates, and the spec is pretty out of this world too.
All of the body panels are replaced with bespoke carbonfibre sections, the highlight being that wraparound 959-esque tail. That required the standard Porsche tail light to be replaced with a new one. Not cheap. Not easy. But necessary.
The carbon itself is of F1 grade, and you can either have it painted or supplied as a naked weave if you prefer, as decreed in The Big Book of Selling Hypercars, Chapter One.
Meanwhile, German Porsche specialists RUF have been busy at the back tweaking the already potent 3.7-litre flat-six engine. Cooling and dust filtration have been improved, and there’s the small matter of it now developing in excess of 750hp and 930Nm of torque. MPG says despite that, the bi-turbo powerplant still complies with worldwide emission legislation.
The car’s also been busy doing its crash test homework. Because yep: this beastie is indeed going to be street-legal.
Bolt a set of road tyres on and the son-of-Gemballa-mobile will go from 0-100km/h in 2.6 seconds. The top speed is north of 330km/h. Need something as rapid as a 918 Spyder but considerably more pothole-proof? Look no further.
Inside, you get a smart 911 Turbo interior laced in suede and carbon, with fabric door pulls as a hat-tip to classic extreme Porsches of yore. The ‘Project Sandbox’ kick plates are a nod to the Marsien’s codename while it was being developed. Fun fact: MPG has been working on this thing since before the latest 911 Turbo was actually on sale. The first test mules were actually based on standard 911 Carrera 4s.
Now, this is a very multi-purpose vehicle. It’s a practical sportscar with hypercar performance that can traverse any terrain on Earth (or Mars), and do jumps. So, the price needs to reflect this specialness. And it does. Gulp.
The Marsien costs €495,000. Plus tax. And shipping. And import duties. And optional extras.
Oh, and you’ll need to bring a Porsche 911 Turbo S for the Hulk-smash conversion treatment along to the German factory. One of those is yours for close to S$1m the last we checked.
Mind you, most 27-year-olds probably reckon they could come up with the world’s ultimate supercar. This chap has actually made it real, and he’s doing it all in tribute to his father. We approve.
So, in the wild world of modded 911s, are your mega-bucks going on this, or a Singer?
STORY Ollie Kew