Legendary tuning firm Ruf and Marc Philipp Gemballa, son of the late Uwe Gemballa who ran the tuning firm Gemballa, are jointly developing a heavily upgraded version of the Porsche 911 to pay tribute to the Group B Porsche 959 that won the 1984 Dakar Rally.
1. Project Sandbox to draw inspiration from the Group B Porsche 959 rally car
2. Model to come with off-road suspension, all terrain tyres and will sit higher
3. Flat-six engine to develop over 750hp
4. All 10 examples already sold out
What is Project Sandbox?:
Due to be unveiled in the coming months, the ultra-exclusive special model – codenamed Project Sandbox – will take styling inspiration from the jacked-up off-road racer, with the car described as an "off-road-capable sportscar."
The Ruf-fettled flat-six engine is expected to pack more than 750hp and up to 930Nm of torque, and it is promised to be Euro-6-compliant, despite the substantial hike in power and torque. Performance figures are unconfirmed, but a near-3.0sec 0-100kph sprint time is to be expected, while top speed is likely to nudge past 322kph. Ruf will also offer the upgrade package, technical details of which have yet to be confirmed, for the standard 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S.
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