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The Gumpert RG Nathalie is the world's first fuel cell/EV hybrid

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If you think back to the late 2000's, you may remember a supercar called the Gumpert Apollo. This was a crazy supercar which had out of this world styling and had up to 790bhp from an Audi sourced V8.

Gumpert had to file for bankruptcy in the summer of 2013 but now they're back, with a new car called the RG Nathalie. The RG Nathalie uses a clever powertrain which utilises a fuel cell and four electric motors; two of each are mounted on each axle.

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The RG Nathalie has been partially developed at the Nurburgring like all new cars. This boosts the car's credentials as a supercar and more so as a fuel cell/EV hybrid. This hybrid system is fascinating as it will possibly be the world's first production car using a hybrid system consisting of a fuel cell and electric motors.

The motors are pretty normal for an EV. Gumpert are using four Bosch motors, with two being mounted on each axle with a combined system output of 430bhp and plenty of torque which remains to be quoted. This alone allows the car to do the 0-62mph sprint in 2.5 seconds. This system is mated to a two-speed gearbox which has an acceleration gear and a longer gear for when it's travelling over 100mph. Gumpert have claimed a 190mph top speed for the NG Nathalie but this remains to be verified.

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The fuel cell is probably the most interesting bit about this car. The fuel cell isn't a traditional hydrogen cell but instead, using a mix of water and methanol. This concoction is easier to store than hydrogen as it's less explosive. This also means that it doesn't need higher pressures to work in a fuel cell. However there are two downsides; this type of fuel cell is less powerful than hydrogen and also produces CO2. Gumpert's engineers reckon that car will only emit 30g/km of CO2.

The fuel cell in the original prototype put out around 5kW per hour which is great on shorter journeys as the fuel cell can top up the battery, even when the car isn't running. Yet, you will still need to plug the car in on longer journeys. An average range is quoted at 530 miles at an average speed of 50mph but this will of course, vary.

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Styling wise, the car looks fine with a lot of influences from current VAG group products. Take the rear of the car. It looks great but we've already seen that design used on the Bugatti Chiron. From the front, it has a lot of tight crease lines which remind us of recent Audi and VW concepts. The side profile has hallmarks of the Nissan GT-R, which isn't a bad thing.

Interior wise, it's very Audi with an extensive use of LCD displays. Overall, the car has a very Germanic design which isn't a bad thing.

The Gumpert RG Nathalie is still being developed but when it goes on sale in the near future, it should cost about 400,000 Euro and will be produced in it's hundreds, not dozens.


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Do you like Gumpert's new direction after the bonkers Apollo supercar? Do you like that they're using a fuel cell/EV hybrid? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Comments (37)
  • A vaporcar.

    11 days ago
  • Imagine you are trying to sell the idea of a methanol powered fire truck to the local Fire Dept : At some point you will need to mention that methanol burns invisibly . So if the Fire Dept, is called to a methanol storage facility fire, ( which supplies their vehicle with fuel ) , how will they see it ? With these potential issues in mind, what would the Fire Dept guys be likely to decide in regards to vehicle acquisition ?

    17 days ago


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