2012 Gemballa GT
Pure performance with real passion” is the philosophy for the first non-Porsche-based car to wear the GEMBALLA GT moniker. Using the all-new McLaren MP4-12C as its base, the debut of this car opens a new chapter in the GEMBALLA story.
It has been widely reported that while the new McLaren is a distillation of the company’s extensive motorsport expertise, this high-tech, empirical approach has resulted in a car with awesome abilities but a slightly generic look and detached driving experience.
“Our challenge was to imbue the missing emotion into the GEMBALLA GT version of the MP4-12C,” explains GEMBALLA CEO, Andreas Schwarz. “Our starting point is a aerodynamic styling kit and ultra-light forged alloy wheels, and we are developing an engine upgrade programme as well.”
Both McLaren and GEMBALLA have an obsession with lightweight, high-strength construction that has led them to the extensive use of carbon-fibre. From its F1-inspired carbon-fibre centre tub to the body panels, the McLaren MP4-12C embraces this philosophy and tips the scales at just 1,434kg, propelled by a lusty 608hp/441 kW
bi-turbo 3.8 litre V8 motor.
The GEMBALLA GT aerodynamic kit consists of a new front bumper/spoiler, side skirts, rear apron and a small rear wing, all made in Germany. These components give the car a more purposeful air and further improve its high-speed stability. They are fitted to the factory mounting points so the original bodywork is not compromised.
Bespoke GEMBALLA forged alloy wheels are a size larger than factory with 20 -inch diameter wheels at the front and 21-inch at the rear. These wheels fill the arches and give the car a more muscular stance, while further increasing mechanical grip.
The GEMBALLA GT programme for the McLaren MP4-12C adds significant gravitas to the cars appearance, and the forthcoming technical modifications promise to add more emotion to the driving experience as well.
2012 Gemballa GT Gallery
|type||Professionally Tuned Car|
|engine||90º M838T V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication|
|valvetrain||DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVT|
|displacement||3799 cc / 231.83 in³|
|bore||93 mm / 3.7 in|
|stroke||69.9 mm / 2.8 in|
|power||447.4 kw / 600 bhp @ 7000 rpm|
|specific output||157.94 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||418.41 bhp per tonne|
|torque||600 nm / 442.5 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm|
|body / frame||Carbon Fiber Monocoque ‘MonoCell’ w/Aluminum Front & Rear Subframes|
|wheel type||Forged Aluminum|
|front tires||235/35 R19 Pirelli PZero|
|rear tires||305/30 R20 Pirelli PZero|
|front brakes||Cast Iron Discs|
|rear brakes||Cast Iron Discs|
|front wheels||F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19 x 8.5 in|
|rear wheels||R 50.8 x 27.9 cm / 20 x 11 in|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Hydraulic Dampers|
|r suspension||Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Hydraulic Dampers|
|curb weight||1434 kg / 3162 lbs|
|weight distro||42.5 % / 57.5 %|
|wheelbase||2670 mm / 105.1 in|
|front track||1656 mm / 65.2 in|
|rear track||1583 mm / 62.3 in|
|length||4507 mm / 177.4 in|
|width||1909 mm / 75.2 in|
|height||1199 mm / 47.2 in|
|transmission||7-Speed Seamless Shift|
|top speed||~330 kph / 204.93 mph|
|0 – 1/4 mile||~10.9 seconds|
|0 – 100 kph||~3.3 seconds|
|0 – 200 kph||~9.1 seconds|
|combined fuel econ eu||11.7 L/100 km or 20.10 mpg-us|
Story by GEMBALLA GMBH. Above Images ©GEMBALLA GMBH.