Gemballa was previously known as one of the more outlandish of Germany’s aftermarket tuners of Porsches in the 1990s and 2000s—and was made infamous when founder Uwe Gemballa was murdered in South Africa in 2010, amid rumored links to organized crime. Though the original Gemballa was later sold, and still exists, a new company has emerged that is led by (and named after) Uwe’s son, Marc Philipp Gemballa.
This off-road supercar designed for use in the desert is set to be Marc Philipp Gemballa’s first product. Clearly inspired by the Porsche 959 that entered the Paris-Dakar rally in 1985 and 1986, it’s called the Marsien; similar to the word for “martian” in French.
Based on the current 992-generation 911 Turbo S, the Marsien has a taller and more muscular stance with large vents and a huge rear wing that wraps around the sides of the car. The bodywork is new and made from carbon fiber, and the company says it will be possible to order this unpainted if anyone wants to flaunt the material. The car’s aerodynamics have been optimized by KLK, a company that regularly works with racing teams. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.