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Low-volume sports-car maker Wiesmann back in production with Project Gecko

Published: September 18, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:52 PM

Wiesmann Project Gecko

German hand-crafted sports-car maker Weismann is ready to resurrect production, with the introduction of a new car in 2020.

Codenamed Project Gecko, after the marque’s logo, the front mid-engined, rear-drive car will be built at the original Weismann production facility in Dülmen, Germany. It is a form of continuation of Weismann’s GT MF5 (2009-10), the 2-seat coupe and roadster than acquired cult status for their distinctive design and opulence.

“This last true independent manufacturer of German sports cars is back and has an exciting future to look forward to,” said Wiesmann Chief Executive Roheen Berry. “When we set out on this journey, we said we wanted to re-engineer an icon and we are on track to do exactly that.”

And though the release shows the new car under silk, it seems as though it bears the contours of the full-bodied 2-seat GT. However, it will be built on an all-new platform and rely heavily on lightweight technologies to improve performance and improve efficiency.

It will also continue the marque’s affiliation with BMW powertrains — the new car will use BMW’s M-tuned 4.4-litre twin turbo V-8 (which makes 591 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in the M5 and M8). A previous generation of the engine was used in the Weismann GT MF4, while the MF5 used the BMW M5’s 5.0-litre V10 (547 hp and 502 lb-ft).

Headed by bothers Martin and Friedhelm Wiesmann, Wiesmann was founded in 1988 but went into insolvency in 2014. It was acquired by Berry-family owned Contec Global, a UK-conglomerate with multisector business interests. Brothers Roheen and Sahir are steering Wiesmann.

The pair says they will be working to meet regulations in key markets, which may include North America. The Wiesmanns originally planned to market in North America but then backed off plans when costs of currency conversion and requirements to meet road standards on the continent proved the venture unfeasible.

Production of the new car is due to start in 2020, with some of the original team members working on is hand-crafted production. More details will be available closer to launch, with the company promising other models will follow.