Not a premature April Fool's joke. And effectively not a car from Zuffenhausen - but a serious design from neighbouring Leonberg. We are talking about the Gemballa "Avalanche 4x4". The tuner of the same name recently presented it as a concept. As with the other Avalanche models from Leonberg, a 911 serves as the basis. The proximity to Zuffenhausen is not only topographically noticeable. Leaving the fat studded tyres aside, there are some inspirations from recent Porsche history, both conceptually and visually. A brief analysis:
Four-wheel drive: Porsche 953
In 1984, power transmission to all four wheels in the Porsche 953 entered the world of six-cylinder boxers. Appropriately in racing and on top of that also off-road. In addition to good traction, the reliable four-wheel drive also directly brings a success: overall victory in the Dakar Rally. The Porsche team uses the innovative and robust system that will later also be used in the production super sports car 959. It finds its way into the production 911 slightly delayed - but has been a fixed element in the 911 model range since 1989.
Rear wing: Porsche 959
The Dakar version of the 959 super sports car is at a remote role model here. This is because in the mid-1980s the technology carrier does not rely on the curved turbo wing like its Dakar predecessor 953, but on a circumferential and fluently designed spoiler, which is also used by the road version. The "Avalanche" seems to adapt it, develops the concept and, however, obviously develops it further - to a full-fledged rear wing with two elements.
Lightweight construction & functionality: Porsche 911 RSR
Even on paved tracks and in the present, the wild design from Leonberg finds inspiration in the original: There is the hood, apparently made of carbon, which is reminiscent of the corresponding component of the 911 RSR. And the mirrors, whose aerodynamic construction is also based on the racing car that started in Le Mans. The measuring instruments on the roof and the quick fasteners around the body? Also proven in the successful racing car from Weissach. And all in all, these features guaranteed a victory in the endurance classic.