The son of late tuner Uwe Gemballa has a company, and they're cooking up something super special.
The Porsche 959 was an extraordinary car. Developed in the mid-1980s to satisfy Group B rally racing homologation requirements, the 959 was at the cutting edge of automotive engineering at the time, with space-age features like automatic ride-height adjustment, a sequential twin-turbo setup, torque-vectoring AWD, and a body made from aluminum and Kevlar. Again, this was in the 1980s.
These days, of course, twin-turbocharger setups aren't so scarce, and the automotive marketplace is absolutely lousy with torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive systems, rendering the 959 a highly collectible - but mostly obsolete- relic. But the Porsche 959 might have its day in the sun yet again, thanks to Marc Phillipp Gemballa GmbH.
Marc Phillipp Gemballa GmbH is a tuning firm established by the son of late renowned tuner Uwe Gemballa, whose own company changed hands after his death in 2010. Next on the agenda for the company is a dramatically reworked custom Porsche 911, to be sold in limited numbers.
How limited? Just 40 examples will be built, each one providing a modern reinterpretation of the classic 959 with custom carbon-fiber bodywork styled by Alan Derosier, Creative Director at Studiokurbos in Stuttgart. Previously, Derosier served as an exterior designer at Chinese automaker Chery, and later, as senior exterior designer at Renault.
To be clear, this 959-inspired take on the 992-generation 911 has limited involvement from Porsche. And sadly, for the time being, nothing is known about the sports car's mechanical details, although we imagine it will use a tuned version of the factory twin-turbo 3.0L boxer-6 and the Carrera 4's modern AWD system.
We can't really even say what the modern-day, carbon-bodied Porsche 959 will look like. All we have to go on is a single teaser image from Gemballa's tuning firm.
"Marc Philipp sees a new market opportunity arising in creating special vehicles in the ultra-high luxury segment, by breaking it down to the core of his father's success," a press release read in part.
The new car is reportedly already fully funded, with a handful of orders already in. In an attempt to secure more orders, Marc Phillipp Gemballa GmbH will show the car at a private event in Switzerland next month, concurrent with the Geneva Motor Show. We can hardly wait.