Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gumpert Apollo


”It has always been my dream to have a car with so much downforce, such aero-dynamic efficiency that you could drive on the roof of a tunnel at high speed. This car can do it.”

Our engineers strive constantly to push the boundaries of what is feasible. The results are technical masterpieces that bring us a little
closer to the thrill of speed and the dream of flying and driving.

We strive to fulfil our customers‘ dreams of a powerful, exclusive and unique sports car. A car that provides its driver with a breathtaking driving experience while possessing the potential to win on race tracks across the world. The apollo makes this dream come true.


The apollo is the perfect synthesis of road vehicle and track car. It evokes passion and driving pleasure beyond all expectations: 650 HP, 360 km/h (224 mph) top speed and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3 seconds, you would have to go a long way to find an alternative to the apollo. The complete package is available in a cost-benefit ratio that cannot be matched in this exclusive vehicle class. As a pure high-performance sports car with racing qualities which is also approved for use on the road, the apollo sets new standards.

The apollo is not the only sports car on the market; however its concept is so unique and realised so consistently that it aspires to redefine the standard for this vehicle class. The apollo has more to offer:

– Approved both for use on the road and on the track
– Maximum safety in accordance with the 74 international motor racing standards
– Perfect road-holding and ultra-precise handling
– Maximum driving pleasure and unbeatable driving performance
– Excellent aerodynamic efficiency and driving dynamics
– Synthesis of reliable racing and series technology
– Unique, futuristic, and striking design
– Best cost-benefit ratio

Despite the series production process, every apollo is unique. It is Customized to the owner‘s wishes and needs and proudly bears his touch. We can also offer you:

– Luxury package with air conditioning, navigation radio with DVD/CDPlayer and rear-facing camera with rear-view mirror function
– Car body made of fibreglass(GFK) or carbon-fibre (CFK)
– Carbon fibre for various components and car body parts
– Design variants created by use of different air intakes for the engine
– Carbon rear wing (optional available)
– Engine variants with 650 / 700 / 800 HP output

In addition to these different options and equipment packages, we can of course also accommodate any other special requests made by our customers. Just talk to us.


The challenge was to develop an exceptional design that combined the extreme aerodynamic requirements of a performanceoriented, purist super sports car with the aesthetic design of an exclusive vehicle. We wanted to achieve the perfect synthesis of design and function. Without compromising. And we have succeeded with apollo: Its silhouette, optimised in numerous wind tunnel tests, reflects its by far superior capabilities.

In its profile, the apollo dynamic appearance is further enhanced by its dimensions (4.46 m length, almost 2 m width and 1.24 m height) and its streamlined, long and wide shoulder lines. The mid-engine layout is emphasised by the cockpit, which is clearly located toward the front of the vehicle, and the long wheel base; both factors ensure optimum driving qualities. Massive air inlets and outlets in the front and on the side in front of and behind the doors leave no doubt about its potency. Above all, though, they supply the two turbo-chargers and the high-performance braking system with enough fresh air to ensure optimum operation for the duration of a race. The high-set air intake for the engine is reminiscent of Formula 1 vehicles and emphasises apollo racing character. The dominant rear provides a view of the diffuser and the underbody, encased completely in carbon, – which, combined with the front diffuser and flow channels, achieves an exceptionally high negative lift for a road vehicle.

apollo leaves a lasting impression on anyone who sees it: It symbolises unusual power, dynamism and sportiness. It reflects above-average performance capability paired with timeless elegance, and even when it is not moving, shows that the design can only adhere to function: driving dynamics.


A sports car‘s supremacy is not defined by pure engine power alone: only a car that can put this power on the asphalt and create a balance between all occurring internal and external forces will leave the contestants behind, on the road and the race track. The chassis is the key to this supremacy – and apollo has already proven itself spectacularly under the toughest testing conditions on various test tracks, public roads and real racing tracks such as Hockenheim, Imola and the historical “Nordschleife”. The apollo made a great third place with the Belgian racing driver, Ruben Maes, in the cockpit at its racing debut at the Divinol Cup in Hockenheim in April 2005.

Three years later, the apollo is in the spotlight on the track again. Initiated by Ex-Formula1 pilot Heinz-Harald Frentzen GSM built a hybrid racing version of the apollo in spring 2008. The highlight of this exceeding project had been the legendary 24h race at Nurburgring-Nordschleife, where the apollo competed with well-known sports cars. Thus the hybrid-apollo can be seen as the precursor of a new environmentally friendly technology on the circuit.

Upon customer request the apollo is available as a racing car according to different regulations of DMSB, ACO and FIA GT.

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