2012 Gemballa GT


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.”

2012 Gemballa GT

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.

2012 Gemballa GT

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.

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In Detail

typeProfessionally Tuned Car
built atGermany
engine90º M838T V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
positionMid, Longitudinal
aspirationTwin Turbo
block materialAluminum
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/dual VVT
displacement3799 cc / 231.83 in³
bore93 mm / 3.7 in
stroke69.9 mm / 2.8 in
compression8.7:1
power447.4 kw / 600 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output157.94 bhp per litre
bhp/weight418.41 bhp per tonne
torque600 nm / 442.5 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
redline8500
body / frameCarbon Fiber Monocoque ‘MonoCell’ w/Aluminum Front & Rear Subframes
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeForged Aluminum
front tires235/35 R19 Pirelli PZero
rear tires305/30 R20 Pirelli PZero
front brakesCast Iron Discs
rear brakesCast Iron Discs
front wheelsF 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 50.8 x 27.9 cm / 20 x 11 in
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Hydraulic Dampers
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Hydraulic Dampers
curb weight1434 kg / 3162 lbs
weight distro42.5 % / 57.5 %
wheelbase2670 mm / 105.1 in
front track1656 mm / 65.2 in
rear track1583 mm / 62.3 in
length4507 mm / 177.4 in
width1909 mm / 75.2 in
height1199 mm / 47.2 in
transmission7-Speed Seamless Shift
tran clutchDual-Clutch
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 eu11.7 L/100 km or 20.10 mpg-us
emission279 g/km

Story by GEMBALLA GMBH. Above Images ©GEMBALLA GMBH.