Back when the Gumpert Apollo came out, it wasn’t taken seriously at all. It was more expensive than the existing supercars, impractical to the limit that you felt embarrassed in it and most importantly, it lacked any and all design cues whatsoever! It was a car with literally no thought given to the design or its visual appeal. But now, it’s coming in for round two, with more power and better design language.
Those of you who need a quick history lesson, here’s one – Gumpert went bust a few years ago and now following its restructuring in 2015, Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH was rebranded as Apollo Automobil GmbH. The company’s new owner, Ideal Team Ventures Limited, is a holding company with investments in a range of industries including the automotive sector, financial services, food and beverage, and leasing and chartering.
“I have always been a big fan of the Gumpert Apollo. It was, in my opinion, a thoroughbred hypercar that stood out among its competitors,” says Norman Choi, owner of Ideal Team Ventures Limited. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to revive, reinvent and rebuild this legendary, record-breaking vehicle. I am very happy with the upgrades we made to the Apollo N and extremely proud of the Arrow which is being debuted today, both technically and aesthetically.”
Roland Gumpert remains CEO and Chief Engineer at Apollo, leading a team of engineers and technical experts in the Arrow’s development. “The Arrow is truly magnificent – it is the perfect combination of German engineering and automotive art,” comments Mr Gumpert. “Although it’s still a prototype, we are confident that the Arrow will achieve the unimaginable.”
Bailey Xu, Managing Director, says, “Our team in Germany and UK have managed to transform an extremely powerful engine to a new hyper-car, while taking all vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration. I was instantly electrified by the idea of applying the characteristics of the F22 Raptor to the Apollo Arrow, with the inspiration of marine biology, the Arrow could deliver up to 1000 HP and 1000 Nm of torque, and thus taking Apollo to a new level.”
Throwing in characteristics of the F22 Raptor, the American Stealth Tactical Fighter for good measure, for Christ’s sake! I love it when a design team does something like this, and it deserves a big thumbs up from my side. Forget getting inspired by mundane stuff like fuel-economy, eco-friendliness and saving polar bears, our car was designed looking at a fighter jet, and that covers the design aspect brilliantly. The entire vehicle exterior, including the air ducts and the fuel and oil cap, are made from carbon. The metallic bright Wulfenite orange paintwork (Deja vu, Mclaren P1), which stretches from the bumper, across the wings to behind the door, ensures that the car will turn heads wherever it goes. Intricate details, such as the Wulfenite paintwork on the bottom of the rear wing and the interior of the striking double diffuser, further accentuate the car’s eye-catching design.
Let’s now talk about driving dynamics, which was the previous car’s strong suit, without a doubt. The new Apollo Arrow boasts a remarkable torque of 1,000 Nm at 3,650 RPM, thanks to the 4.0-litre capacity of its twin-turbo V8 engine. A mind-blowing output of 1,000 BHP is achieved at 6,750 RPM. These impressive figures allow the car to reach 100 kmph from standing in a mere 2.9 seconds and the car boasts a top speed of 360 kmph. The improved horsepower is the result of using two larger turbochargers on the top instead of the bottom, with new intercoolers and the new exhaust system, whose design has been inspired by the F22 Raptor. Furthermore, Apollo has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components to ensure they can safely transfer the immense force that the Arrow is capable of.
This monster will be able to satisfy the rage of 100 lucky customers, each of them exclusively tailored to the needs of its owner.
Apollo N Limited Edition
The Gumpert Apollo S held the Nurburgring record for more than four years, earning it the title of “Fastest Street-Legal Production Race Car”. To continue this legacy, Apollo will be launching a limited edition Apollo N – with production restricted to just six vehicles. The Apollo N sports a striking dual-colour scheme in black and white, perfectly blending its inner qualities with its exterior appearance.
A number of aerodynamic features from the original Gumpert Apollo S’s front and rear ends have been adapted for the Apollo N. The front is characterized by larger air intakes, while the two central air intakes to the left and right of the Apollo N radiator grille are split horizontally. The bottom air vent stretches sideways into the wheel housing, providing this exceptional sports car with an extremely accomplished appearance. Immediately behind the central air intake, there is a new, visually refined rear wing, which has been designed in a similar way to the wings used in motor racing. The rear end, which is also derived from the Apollo Enraged, is distinguished by a double diffuser and centrally positioned twin tailpipe.
The interior of the car and the seats showcase an aggressive, dynamic look, that fits well with the positioning of the new Apollo N. A completely new developed instrument cluster is the new centre of the dash board. The full digital display is adjustable and offers three selectable driving modes – Basic, Sport and Race. Even more individualization features are available on the customer’s request. Pretty sweet, we’d say!
We sum up the Apollo Arrow by saying that with a new investor, a new design philosophy and new engineering insights, Apollo has started a new chapter in its history. The company has a brand new factory and technology centre in Denkendorf, Germany. It is also launching an impressive network of showrooms and dealerships to help introduce the Apollo Arrow to the world. We expect cars to start getting delivered to customers by the end of the year. With a drastic change in design language and ownership, we can expect great things out of Apollo. The Arrow is just the beginning, I think (and hope) that a more extreme version of this car will be in the pipeline. And if the design is this extreme to start with, imagine what a track-only version will be like. We will be waiting, Apollo.
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