Thanks to a bespoke Akrapovic exhaust system.
Most car enthusiasts remember the Porsche 959 as an iconic road car that introduced cutting-edge technology, but it actually began its life as a Group B rally car. Porsche may soon introduce an in-house Safari 911 for off-road use, but another company is working on something even more special. Marc Phillipp Gemballa GmbH, a company run by the son of famous tuning icon Uwe Gemballa, will soon reveal its modern interpretation of the Porsche 959, known internally as "Project Sandbox."
Earlier this year, the company announced a partnership with RUF to supply the engine for Project Sandbox. Based on the 2022 Porsche 911 Turbo, this twin-turbocharged flat-six will produce over 750 horsepower and 685 lb-ft of torque. For reference, the standard 992 911 Turbo S develops 640 hp and 590 lb-ft. Not only will the modern-day 959 be insanely quick, but it will also sound fantastic thanks to a second partnership lending a legendary name to the project.
Marc Philipp Gemballa will partner with Akrapovic to create a bespoke titanium exhaust system, specifically for Project Sandbox. The company says this new system will focus on "light weight, design, and a unique sound experience" from the RUF-upgraded flat-six engine. The stock 992 911 Turbo already sounds much throatier than the outgoing model, which was muffled from its twin-turbo setup.
"Since we are following a holistic approach with our new project, making extensive changes to all areas of the base vehicle, we knew we had to come up with something really special when it came to the sound of the vehicle. The exhaust system is one of the most essential factors in triggering emotions. Hence, it's vital that the sound touches the heart of the driver and helps them to truly feel and connect with the vehicle," said Marc Philipp Gemballa.
"What makes this project so special is that it involves an exceptionally rare supercar with an ultramodern but timeless design, which we expect will become a collector's edition," said Akrapovic CEO Uros Rosa. "We're thrilled to work on these kinds of projects, where we can display all our expertise and technical capacities, and at the same time, we find them exciting because of their exclusivity."
Project Sandbox will launch in the "upcoming weeks," and the limited series of 10 vehicles are already sold. Based on leaked images, the car should do justice to the iconic 959.