Marc Philipp Gemballa is the son of late Uwe, well-known creator of some crazy Porsche-based machines. It seems the apple didn’t fall from the tree as the 27-year-old has made his very own Porsche-based creation called the Marsien 911 Turbo S. BTW Marsien is French for Martian.
The Marsien is an off-road capable supercar that is a modern-day homage to the Porsche 959 which competed in the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally (racecar pictured above). It is not dissimilar in concept to the Singer ACS which we covered here.
Modern-tech and lightweight
The starting point for the Marsien is the current generation, Porsche 911 Turbo S (similar to the car we drove and reviewed here). That base provides MPG and his team of partners and suppliers with a high-performance base that is already fitted with an all-wheel-drive system on which to work their magic.
A full carbon-fibre body replaces the standard car’s metalwork on the Marsien 911 Turbo S. The body underwent extensive CFD analysis by a company that has gained expertise in developing aerodynamics for LMP1, Formula E, and Formula One cars. The shape was chosen as a nod to the 959 and designed for adequate cooling in the high desert temps, where it is expected owners will take the Marsien to enjoy.
Powered by RUF
For the powertrain the new company turned to old Porsche tuners RUF. The speed meisters worked their magic on the 3,8-litre twin-turbocharged motor. Owners can spec the unique creations with up to 610 kW of power and 930 N.m of torque. On road biased tyres the Marsien 911 Turbo S is said to sprint from rest to 100 km/h in 2,6 seconds and has a top speed of 330 km/h.
Marc Philipp envisions that owners will take the Marsien 911 Turbo S off-roading so the company has spent a great deal of time and effort developing a suspension system to make that a reality. The standard MacPherson front suspension arrangement has been replaced by a specially developed double-wishbone set-up.
The whole thing was designed in conjunction with suspension specialists KW. The company developed active dampers as well as an adjustable ride height system. In its lowest setting it has 120 mm of ground clearance, which increases to 250 mm at the touch of a button.
Better be quick
Just 40 units of the Marsien will be produced and half are already spoken for. If you are keen to own one of these, then (at today’s exchange rate) one can expect to pay approximately R8,5 million… and that excludes the price of the 911 Turbo S you have to start with.