|Engine(s)||4.2L twin-turbocharged V8|
|Transmission(s)||6-speed sequential manual|
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,249 mm (167.3 in)|
|Width||1,994 mm (78.5 in)|
|Height||1,105 mm (43.5 in)|
|Curb weight||1,100 kg (2,400 lb) to 1,200 kg (2,600 lb)|
The Gumpert Apollo is a supercar produced by German automaker Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH in Altenburg.
On July 27, 2008 an Apollo Sport was featured on the UK show Top Gear. Richard Hammond and The Stig drove the Apollo Sport. With a lap time of 1:17.1, the Apollo Sport was the fastest on the 'Power Laps Board' for a brief period of time. It's time is now beaten by other supercars and is currently the 8th fastest car around the track.
Hammond said that: "Then there is the problem with the name. It doesn't have one of those sexy ones, its called a Gumpert".
In 2001 Roland Gumpert proposed a new generation sports car. One of the first concerns of this car was that it be a street-legal car, ready for the race track. Gumpert returned to Germany at the end of 2001, after more than three years in China. There 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, Roland Mayer asked him if he would assist him in building a prototype sports car. Audi approved Gumpert's involvement in this project, on the condition that, if they did eventually develop a new sports car, 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 2002.
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. The production of the Apollo started in October 2005.
During April 2005 the Apollo made its racing debut in the Divinol Cup. This Apollo was driven by the Belgian race driver Ruben Maes. Maes finished third on the Hockenheimring race track. Three years later Gumpert announced that they would enter a hybrid version of the Apollo in the 2008 24 Hours Nürburgring, driven by 2004 winner Dirk Müller and ex-Formula One racer Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Three months passed between the first discussions and the finished hybrid Apollo. The Apollo was driven in the 24 Hours Nürburgring in May 2008. The hybrid Apollo can deliver up to 382bhp , powered with a 3.3 litre V8 twin-turbo engine coupled with 100kW PS hp electric motor. The car has the ability to recharge the battery under braking.
The Apollo is a to (depending on options), street-legal race 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. The manufacturers, 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), though this remains to be tested. Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond claims that Gumpert have already found a suitable tunnel and have made all the preparations necessary and are simply waiting for a volunteer driver willing enough to do the test. Top Gear co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson suggested that Hammond do it, but Hammond got around this by saying " I can't I'm busy painting, my horse."
A 4163 cc bi-turbo intercooled V8 engine powers the Apollo. 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
- Sport version - approximately
- Race version - approximately
- Top speed is
- 0- reached in 3.2 seconds
- 0- in 8.8 seconds.
- Wheel Base:
- Curb Weight: under
- Total Allowed Weight:
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