The 911 is one of the most popular models in Porsche’s lineup and was always highly appreciated for its top notch performances and the classy design language.
The vehicle was also constantly attacked by various tuners who spent a lot of time developing various body kits or engine tweaks to raise its performances even more.
However, not many tuners have dared to make any radical changes under the hood and most of them were limited to ECU upgrades. Though, one of the tuners was bold enough to come up with a hybrid version of the Porsche 911 and name it the Genevart Celsius.
For the moment, we didn’t have the chance to see it in flesh and bones, as the Celsius will make its big debut next year at the 2013 Geneva Auto Salon. On the other hand, Genevart released a lot of specs and pictures, so we can make a pretty clear image about their new beast.
The most important modification is represented by the addition of two electric motors mounted to each of the rear wheels. These motors are combined with a flat six engine, the entire hybrid system offering a total power output of 900 horsepower.
Design and interior
The Genevart Celsius is not only a simple tuning kit made for the Porsche 911, as the company has completely modified even the chassis, which needed to be much stronger, to be able to deal with the extra power. Apart from the strengthened chassis, the company has also tried to make the Celsius as lightweight as possible, so all extra body panels were made from full carbon.
The body kit includes massive air intakes, a set of muscular wheel arches and an aggressive rear wing. The front lid has also been changed, while the new side thresholds give the car a sporty look. The hybrid sports car will also feature a targa-style roof, complete with a tasty air intake which sends fresh air directly to the engine.
All these modifications enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics and also make it look completely different than the standard Porsche 911. Though, a keen eye will notice that a lot of these extra body elements are borrowed from other familiar Porsche models like the 918 Spyder, Carrera GT and even the Gemballa Mirage.
The entire car measures 4.4 meters (173.2 inches) in length, 1.8 meters (70.9 inches) in width and 1.3 meters (51.2 inches) in height, while the total weight is rated 1,375 kg (3,031 pounds).
For the moment we don’t have any interior shots, but don’t expect to find any radical changes as probably Genevart will keep the same overall theme found at the standard model.
Engines and performance
We’ll have to admit that we kinda like the aggressive look forged by Genevart. The styling elements worth nothing without a proper amount power and fortunately, the company didn’t forget this important aspect.
The Genevart Celsius uses a heavily modified version of the old Porsche 3.6-liter engine. The engines power was almost doubled, as it was increased from 470 horsepower up to 862 ponies. Moreover, the twin-turbo petrol engine works in conjunction with two electric motors which generate 160 horsepower and are mounted to each of the rear wheels. The Genevart Celsius is also fitted with two KERS (Kinetic energy recovery system) units mounted to the front wheels. These units transform the kinetic energy used during breaking and convert it into electric energy which is then used to power the twin electric motors.
Thanks to and the numerous upgrades, the Genevart Celsius can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 2.9 seconds, being significantly faster than the Porsche 911 (3.6 seconds). Unfortunately Genevart didn’t reveal any info about the maximum speed, but it should be somewhere around the 300 km/h (186.4 mph) mark.
Suspension and Braking
The entire hybrid system sends its power to all four wheels via a digital successive gearbox. The Genevart Celsius has also received upgraded suspensions and a stiffer body, so we can expect to get the same faultless handling abilities found at the standard 911.
The stopping power is assured by big 330 mm (13-inch) carbon ceramic breaks, which should keep you out of trouble when you’ll go frisky with the go pedal.
The standard Porsche 911 is an awesomely competent car, but Genevart managed to raise the bar even higher.
The intense use of carbon, the aerodynamic body kit and the stiffer body sound certainly great in the ears of any sports cars enthusiast. Not to mention the upgraded engine and the addition of the electric motors which send power to all four wheels, keeping performances to an extreme level.
Well, it’s true that all these specifications sound great on paper, but until we won’t have the opportunity to actually drive the car on a race track, we can’t really give our final verdict.
There are no words to pricing detail yet, but Genevart did reveal that it plans to build the Celsius in a limited edition of 10 units annually.