Gemballa McLaren MP4-12C
"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 program 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 program 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.
Source: Gemballa press