The MARSIEN by Marc Philipp Gemballa


May 5, 2022 By Mike
Last updated on May 5, 2022
  • Marc Philipp Gemballa MARSIEN captured in New York City by photographer Oskar Bakke
  • The MARSIEN has been launched last summer with its world premiere and US debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • Powered by a RUF upgraded 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six boxer engine delivering 750 hp and 930 Nm of torque, the MARSIEN has been developed together with world-leading OE partners
  • Limited to a run of only 40 examples, MARSIEN series production is about to kick off with first deliveries destined towards the end of 2022
  • From the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert to Pebble Beach‘s Concours d’Elegance, all the way to New York’s Times Square, the MARSIEN has been selected to be on display at the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este later this month for its European premiere

THE MARSIEN HAS LANDED IN NEW YORK CITY
The first iteration of the road-legal MARSIEN by Marc Philipp Gemballa GmbH (not associated with Gemballa GmbH in any form) has landed in New York City and has been stunningly captured in solitary splendour by automotive photographer Oskar Bakke. The MARSIEN by Marc Philipp Gemballa has been launched last summer and presented for its world premiere and US debut at the Concept Lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and has been one of the highlights of the show.

Inspired by the Paris Dakar rally era, the MARSIEN has experienced its first adventures in the stunning Al Faya desert thanks to His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of the Emirate Sharjah, who invited the young entrepreneur and his team to test the MARSIEN’s limits in the Mars like deserts of the Emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Limited to a production run of just 40 examples, the Marc Philipp Gemballa MARSIEN is nearly sold out with its first deliveries scheduled for later this year.

A GREAT SUCCESS
With the first ten units already allocated within the young entrepreneur’s network before the official launch, the MARSIEN has been selling at lightning speed, leaving the company completely overbooked with enquiries. With only 40 examples being built, the very last build slots are currently being strategically placed with selected clients and collectors from around the world.

PRODUCTION AND DELIVERY STATUS
The company is now at full power, working on the limited series production of the MARSIEN and has already completed the first stages of the built phase on the clients base vehicles. The first MARSIEN deliveries are scheduled to take place towards the end of the year.

UNIQUE CONCEPT
The new concept of the MARSIEN forms a composition between a modern-day supercar with all its comfort and day-to-day practicality, combined with on demand off-road capabilities enabling the ultimate on and off road driving experience redefining the term ‘supercar’.

CUTTING EDGE SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY
In order to achieve the perfect balance between on and off road terrain, the young entrepreneur formed a technical partnership with leading suspension pioneer KW Automotive. Together, the two companies have developed a cutting-edge suspension setup featured by an intelligent active damper control as well as an adjustable ride height system perfect for alternating between tarmac and the dunes.

At the touch of a button, the adjustable ride height system enables an electronically controlled hydraulic lift increasing the ride height from standard Porsche Turbo S on road level, up to an overall off road ground clearance of 250 mm or vice versa. With KW’s active damper control system, compression and rebound settings are optimally adjusted in real-time, ensuring immediate response behaviour and adjusting the damper forces accordingly perfectly to any driving situation.

The driver can choose between several driving modes via the steering wheel controls, which automatically adjust damper and transmission settings, engine mapping, as well as the ride height corresponding to each mode. Besides two road modes city and race, the new off road modes include dunes, snow/ice, and rally.

CAPTURED BY OSKAR BAKKE IN NYC
The limited production series vehicle is not just a fascinating high-tech supercar and desired collector’s item, but also inspires and fascinates as an ideal aesthetic object, as currently witnessed in New York City by automotive photographer Oskar Bakke: ”I’m really impressed with the progress of the MARSIEN, from shooting it shredding dunes in the rural Al Faya desert, to dodging potholes in busy New York: no matter where it goes it stuns both drivers and spectators. I’m especially impressed by the extreme yet subtle design – it’s so well balanced and great looking. I’m looking forward to working with Marc and taking this project to further challenging environments”, says the Swedish photographer.

POWERED BY LEADING PARTNERS IN THE INDUSTRY
Besides a full carbon fibre body, the MARSIEN’s exterior also features functional design elements such as a completely bespoke taillight, implemented by automotive lighting specialist, GERG Light-house. Apart from its stunning exterior design, the MARSIENs visuals are combined with a bespoke sound experience powered by a specially created titanium exhaust system developed exclusively for MARSIEN by the leading performance exhaust specialist Akrapovič.

A vehicle with both off-road and supercar credentials, the MARSIEN comes with two specially designed forged aluminium wheel sets with Michelin Ultra High-Performance tyres for on-road use and All-Terrain tyres for off-road use. So, whether it’s rally-raid driving across the Sahara Desert or standing out from the crowded streets of New York, the MARSIEN’s versatility is assured.

Formally known as ‘Project Sandbox’ in its development phase, the production MARSIEN by Marc Philipp Gemballa distinguishes itself with its impressive hardware and performance specification. Based on a 992 series Porsche 911 Turbo S, the MARSIEN is equipped with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo- charged six-cylinder boxer engine powered by RUF, producing over 750 hp and 930 Nm of torque.

Additionally, there is an optional second stage power upgrade by RUF, which takes the engine up to 830 horse power with enhanced VTG turbo chargers and a revised ECU mapping and transmission setting.

SELECTED TO BE DISPLAYED AT THE 2022 CONCORSO D’ELEGANZA VILLA D’ESTE
From the world-premiere and US debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance over to Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Car Show, the MARSIEN has been selected to be displayed next at the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este among six other OE concept vehicles, where it’s possible to experience the MARSIEN for it’s first time in Europe from 20th to 22nd of May 2022 at Lake Como in Italy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Base vehicle:  Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S (992 series)
Engine:RUF powered twin-turbocharged flat-six engine
Power (hp): 750 hp (Series: 650 hp)
Power (kW):552 kW (Series: 478 kW) 
Max. torque:930 Nm torque (Series: 800 Nm torque)        
Vmax:300 km/h (with on road tyre set only)        
0-100 km/h:2.7 seconds (with on road tyre set only)    
Exhaust:Bespoke Akropovič titanium exhaust system 
Suspension:Double wishbone front suspension
Multi-link rear suspension
KW Automotive solid piston dampers
KW Semi Active Dynamic Damper and Chassis Control (DDCC)
KW Hydraulic Lift System (HLS)
Ground clearance:   250 mm in off road mode / 120 mm in on road mode  
Wheels & Tyres:  Off Road Wheel Set  
Bespoke 19” / 20” forged aluminium wheels with centre lock system on All
Terrain tyres (Vmax 210 km/h)
On Road Wheel Set
Bespoke 20”/21” forged aluminium wheels with centre lock system on
Michelin Ultra High Performance tyres           
Exterior:           Full Carbon Fibre Body 
Interior: Bespoke Leather / Alcantara interior with “CGT” style lifted middle             
console