Notorious Porsche Tuning Powerhouse Gemballa Releasing Debut Supercar In 2022
Who Are Gemballa?
Back in the 1980s, two companies emerged by tuning already powerful Porsches into crazy machines. These two companies were Gemballa and RUF.
Of the two RUF are probably more widely known as the go to company to when buying a highly tuned Porsche. However RUF specialise in older generation 911 models. This leaves a big gap for Gemballa to become the specialists in upgrading modern Porsche models.
In fact, to show what Gemballa are capable of, they currently have a Porsche 911 Turbo which produces 818 horsepower and can reach 62mph in just 2.38 seconds! That is no mean feat, and something no other Porsche 911 can boast.
What Do We Know About Gemballa’s Supercar
Via a press release in June 2019, Gemballa officially announced they are throwing their hat into the ring of supercar manufacturers.
While not releasing much information, we do know that the first prototype is set to be unveiled in 2020, with full production commencing in 2022.
Gemballa’s owner Steffen Korbach, said the companies first supercar will feature aggressive design with an engine which makes over 800 horsepower. We can see from the concept image that the car will feature a mid-engined layout and will be track focused from the outset.
The concept image itself is only a design sketch, highlighted by the larger proportions of the wheels and crazy aerodynamic design. We would expect this design to be watered down somewhat come launch. However Korbach’s statement includes words such as “radical” and “uncompromising”. Leading us to think it will maintain a very aggressive form.
There is no word on the potential cost of the new German supercar, or if it will even make it to a full production run. Like many tuning companies which dabble in developing their own cars, this Gemballa supercar may only be a limited run production. At the moment we just aren’t clear which way they’ll go. We should know more come next year when the prototype is unveiled.
Gemballa’s Call For New Investors
Their new self designed supercar wasn’t the only thing that Gemballa made in their press release. They also made a call for new investment.
In recent years Gemballa-branded Porsches have started to be produced at a slower rate. Whether this is due to costs or customer demand we don’t know, possibly both.
However Gemballa say the new investment would give the company a boost in terms of development of their new supercar.
Read The Full Gemballa Press Release Below
Since its foundation in 1981, GEMBALLA has established itself as a renowned car modification company, and since then, it has become famous for the most innovative, unusual, extreme, expensive and exclusive vehicle conversions. The company made automobile history with the worldwide success of the limited edition, comprehensively refined iconic sportscars GEMBALLA AVALANCHE, MIRAGE, MIG-U1, TORNADO and MISTRALE. GEMBALLA has been listed as a registered car manufacturer with the German Motor Vehicles Authority since 1985.
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Since the takeover in 2010, the owners have invested over 15 million Euro in the relaunch and numerous new projects in the tuning area. With further investments amounting to 20 million Euro, the company is planning their own super sports car for the first time, as a complete, new development.
Steffen Korbach, owner and Managing Director of GEMBALLA GmbH, has big plans for the company: “We’re planning a thoroughbred super sports car with a unique, aggressive design and engine power considerably over 800 bhp. As part of this, we’d like to reference the existing GEMBALLA legends, and implement a range of innovative concepts. You can expect an uncompromising vehicle, radical, pure and luxurious. At the same time, we would also like to establish GEMBALLA in future as a stand-alone small production run manufacturer, but also launch as an exclusive modification company for extreme, complete conversions of Porsche cars.
The first designs will be presented to selected clients soon, and the first prototype should be on display as early as 2020. We currently plan to start production in 2022.
The capital required to finance the project will be raised through private equity and venture capital companies. Concrete discussions are already underway.