Gumpert Logo The Gumpert Apollo is produced by German automaker Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH in Altenburg. Gumpert entered into Administration in August 2012, though production continues with the company attending the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
In 2000 Roland Gumpert proposed a new generation sports car. One of the first concerns of this car was that it was a street-legal car which would be ready for the racetrack. He returned to Germany at the end of 2001, after more than three years in China where he was the head of sales and marketing, responsible for the development of the dealer network of the Audi-VW joint enterprise. Just after he returned to Germany, automobile designer Roland Mayer asked him if he would assist him in building a prototype supercar. Audi approved Gumpert's involvement in this project, on the condition that, if they did eventually develop a new supercar, it would not be a prototype, but a series product.
The company, located in Altenburg, Germany, was founded in 2004 under the name GMG Sportwagenmanufaktur Altenburg GmbH. The technical guidelines were defined and the first designs of the car were drawn by Marco Vanetta. Upon Vanetta's completion of this process, the first 1:4 scale model of Gumpert's car was produced in 2001.
Gumpert continued with the development of the Apollo, along with the Technical University of Munich and the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences. They have assisted with the constructional work, computer simulations, and wind tunnel tests. This research and development helped forming the blueprint for the first 1:1 scale model. Finally, two prototype Apollos were constructed.Production of the Apollo started in October 2005.
The Apollo is a 1,100 kg (2,400 lb) to 1,200 kg (2,600 lb) (depending on options), street-legal race-car-like sports car. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive two-seater constructed on a tubular chromoly frame, with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels. Gumpert claim the design of the Apollo is optimized so that the car could drive upside-down in a tunnel if driven at sufficiently high speeds (over 190 mph),but this has not been tested.
The Apollo uses a 4163 cc bi-turbo intercooled version of the Audi V8 engine.The 90° V8 has a closed-deck light metal crankcase with dry sump lubrication. The light metal cylinder heads have five valves per cylinder, four overhead camshafts, VarioCam Direct variable valve timing on the intakes, and hydraulic valve clearance compensation. The double-flow exhaust system has four oxygen sensors to monitor the gas mixture, and a 3-way catalytic converter. Modern controls include an on-board diagnostic system, eight-coil electronic ignition, sequential multipoint fuel injection, and an electronic (drive by wire) accelerator system.
There are 3 engine types available:
- Base version - approximately 650 PS (478 kW; 641 bhp)
- Sport version - approximately 700 PS (515 kW; 690 bhp)
- Race version - approximately 800 PS (588 kW; 789 bhp)
Speed overview (650HP):
- Top speed is 360.4 km/h (223.9 mph)
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph) reached in 3.1 seconds
- 0-200 km/h (120 mph) in 9.1 seconds.
Source : wikipedia