History Of Gumpert / Apollo Automobil

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Roland Gumpert had the idea of making his own car company in 2001, believing he could make a car that could be used on the road but be ready for the track.

He had previously been the director of Audi Sport, and so used his experience in the field to design a car.

A scale model of the first car was produced in 2002.

2004 - GMG Sportwagenmanufaktur Altenburg GmbH

Gumpert was made a limited company in 2004, officially known as GMG Sportwagenmanufaktur Altenburg GmbH.

2005 - Gumpert Apollo

Production of the Apollo started in October 2005.

The Apollo used a 4.2L twin turbo V8 derived from the old Audi RS6 engine.

There are three versions of the Apollo:

Base version - 650 PS (641 bhp) Sport version - 700 PS (690 bhp) Race version - 800 PS (789 bhp)

The body is made of fibreglass as standard but there was an option for a full carbon fibre body.

2008 - GUMPERT APOLLO on Top Gear and Fifth Gear

The Gumpert Apollo was tested by Richard Hammond on Top Gear Series 11, Episode 6.

The Apollo set the lap record on the Top Gear track being driven by the Stig setting a time of 1:17.1

Tiff Needell tests the Gumpert Apollo on Fifth Gear.

2011 - Torante

The Torante Concept was debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

2013 - Gumpert filed for bankruptcy

In August 2013, the company filed for bankruptcy and went into liquidation after an anonymous backer pulled out of a deal that could have saved the company.

2016 - Gumpert is now Apollo

In January 2016, the company was purchased by Hong Kong consortium Ideal Team Venture, also owner of De Tomaso.

Gumpert was renamed Apollo Automobil GmbH.

Mr JWW Gumpert video:

Apollo Arrow

At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Apollo unveiled the Arrow, a hypercar concept that produces 1,000 hp from a twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 engine. The Arrow can reach 62 mph (100 kmh) in 2.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 220 mph (360 kmh).

In November 2016 the company announced that Roland Gumpert was no longer associated with the company.

2017 - Apollo Teases IE

Apollo teases the IE, a V12 powered hypercar set to be revealed in fall 2017.

IE is short for Intensa Emozione (Italian for intense emotion)

October 2017 - Apollo IE

Apollo unveiled the IE in October 2017.

It has a 6.3l V12 making 780hp and 760Nm, it can reach 62mph (100kmh) in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 209mph (335kmh).

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