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Wiesmann Project Gecko 2020: Obscure German sports car brand reappears

The Project Gecko is expected to use carbon fibre body panels and fully independent, manually adjustable suspension.

Exotic car manufacturer Wiesmann has reopened its factory doors to produce a new model – codenamed Project Gecko – with the BMW V8-powered coupe set to debut next year.

A series of teaser images and a video of the upcoming sports car supplied by the German outfit, mark the first new endeavour since the brand ceased operations completely in 2014 due to financial issues.

It is now known that the new model will be hand built in Weismann’s original factory in Dulmen, Germany, with a front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration.

The car will build upon the limited-edition Weismann GT MF5 from 2009, underpinned by a new lightweight platform with an integrated tubular safety cell.

The teaser reveals wide haunches, big wheels, a duck-tail spoiler and a long sloping bonnet. The teaser reveals wide haunches, big wheels, a duck-tail spoiler and a long sloping bonnet.

Weismann has also revealed that it will use a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, and aim to achieve a 50:50 weight distribution.

A CAD drawing in Wiesmann’s latest teaser video suggests that a fully independent, double wishbone suspension system, and vented and drilled disc brakes will be featured.

The video also shows carbon fibre body panels and hand-stitched leather upholstery.

“This last true independent manufacturer of German sports cars is back and has an exciting future to look forward to,” said Wiesmann owner 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.”

A short montage video posted on Weismann's website hints at a track-focused chassis setup. A short montage video posted on Weismann's website hints at a track-focused chassis setup.

The company says it is targeting buyers who want a “unique, premium sports car with real stand-out qualities”, with a waiting list now open for applications.

Weismann was founded in 1985 as an aftermarket modification house, primarily building hardtop roofs for convertibles, before going on to build its own rear-drive two-seat sports cars powered by high-performance BMW engines.

In 2013, the company went into administration due to financial woes, and officially closed shop the following year.