We’ve seen and heard a lot from Porsche about their 918 Spyder. We’re almost one hundred percent sure it is sold out at this stage. It seems that a Swiss start-up supercar company intends to capitalise on the 918 Spyder’s popularity. The Genevart Celsius was unveiled today through our friends over at Teamspeed. The Genevart Celcius will be unveiled next year at the Geneva Auto Salon 2013.
The Genevart Celsius will feature a modified Porsche 997 Turbo with the help of two electric engines fitted to each rear wheel. Genevart expect this layout to produce over 900hp, the pictures reveal that the flat six alone will produce an estimated 850hp. The electric motors will supplement this with a 160hp output and two KERS units will produce extra power at the front wheels.
The Celcius will use a Porsche 997 chassis, reinforced so that it is able to cope with the extra power. It will also retain the four-wheel drive system, adding an electronic sequential gearbox and a set of carbon ceramic brake discs. It entire car will be shorter than the Carrera GT, measuring 4.4 meters in length, 1.8 meters in width and 1.3 meters in height. Weight will be 1,375kg.
The bodywork appears to be the most controversial part of the whole design. It borrows almost exclusively from the Porsche 918 Spyder and Carrera GT. Many of the variations to those designs evoke the Gemballa Mirage too. No doubt both companies legal departments will be in contact. The shell itself will be manufactured from carbon fiber, as will the rear wing and air brake. The Celsius will also feature a targa style roof.
Deliveries will be in September 2013, around the same time as the Porsche 918 Spyder should be reaching customers. The Swiss Financial Holding Man Brothers Group is supporting the project and Genevart tell us that they will release details of their specialist partners in August. Further plans include a trip to Top Marques Monaco 2013, a test day at the Nurburgring in June, 2013 and Gumball 3000 2013.