Times are tough in Europe right now, and that unfortunately has reaped disastrous consequences for some of its smallest niche automakers. Gumpert, Wiesmann, Artega and Lola have all filed for bankruptcy this year, and it appears that tuners are not immune to the tough times, either.

Word coming in from across the pond suggests that 9ff and SpeedArt – two of the biggest names in Porsche tuning – have filed for bankruptcy as well. 9ff is best known for the GT9, a radical hypercar barely based on the 911, while SpeedArt was once of the foremost tuners of Porsches.

Fortunately there are still plenty of tuners ready to take a wrench to your Elfen, but the reported demise of these two makes the market a little bit smaller and – for Porsche enthusiasts – maybe the world a little bit lonelier, too.


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      Ryan Schneider
      • 1 Year Ago
      From the SpeedArt homepage: "It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform the Porsche tuning community that speedART has had to declare bankruptcy due to mounting legal fees from an intense battle with Porsche. Since 1999, Mr. Striening and speedART have been making exclusive conversion kits and individualized tuning for Porsche models. However, due to some unfortunate circumstances in the past, Porsche has been moving forth with an aggressive lawsuit against Porsche tuning companies, such as speedART and others. Although Striening fought hard for his company, it has become impossible for him to keep the battle alive, with legal fees growing and no sign of Porsche backing down on this issue." Economy issues? Funny how I can provide more accurate news info than AB in a simple click..... :/
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes sense, the 911 has gotten too stale to sustain an aftermarket following.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
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      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      and that Speedart looks like a gradeschool kid did the graphics for the side.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      that 9ff always reminded me of a nascar-ized version of a porsche.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnb
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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      This doesn't surprise me. Porsche is making some pretty righteous cars nowadays, and I'd be hard pressed to pay an aftermarket tuner for something when I can go just buy an GT3 RS 4.0 or similar right from Porsche.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Exactly. Whats the point of spending insane money on a modified car when the factory is churning out Turbo S' with 550hp+ and a warranty!
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I thought the same thing for a second until I remembered, as Autoblog points out that Gumpert, Wiesmann, Artega and Lola have all filed bankruptcy also. I think that the slowdown in Europe led to significantly lower volume and thus hurt the margins on per-unit basis. Plus I don't believe these companies could compete with the big boys when it came to paying for raw materials, R&D, and so on. Life is incredibly rough for a small independent manufacturer these days.
      Dom Enic
      • 1 Year Ago
      a 911 is sometimes called "Elfer" not "Elven"
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad, but tuning niche cars is not exactly a lucrative market. Plus as some here have mentioned, Porsche makes plenty of hopped-up versions of the 911 and includes a warranty.
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        @superchan7
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      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      "across the pond. . ." Who writes crap like that? Does this article have anything to do with England? But I digress. When it comes to Porsche, I never understood the need for a tuner or the billions they charge. The 911T is plenty fast, and if you've got the cash to tune it, you might just buy the GT3.
        Purple Gryphon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        They pay the money not for performance. Most will probably never be driven in anger much if at all. It is more about exclusivity than it is about absolute performance in a lot of cases. For high performance cars Porsche 911's are pretty common so you have to go elsewhere to distiguish yourself. Plus they look the same to the general public.
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        Noah
        • 1 Year Ago
        Porsche asks for the money people are willing to pay. The market ultimately determines the price. ::2 cents::
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        You're the poor person trying to buy a lux brand... nobody is going to help you.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the companies who dont actually make the vehicle are going under for charing $15k-60K for aero and stickers? WOW, they made it this long...
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