Let us welcome the newest offering from sports carmaker Gumpert – the new Apollo R race car. Gumpert unveiled this purebred race car at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show, along with the new Gumpert Apollo Enraged special edition model.
Founder Roland Gumpert remarked that the carmaker is not new to race cars as the company had entered a hybrid Apollo -- driven by known race driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen -- at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 2008. He quipped that higher demand for such cars, especially from Asia, has prompted Gumpert to create a pure race car aside from its already powerful models, the Apollo and the Apollo S. He added that with the Apollo R, Gumpert’s more ambitious customers could participate in open GT events.
To create a true race car that boasts of dynamic athleticism, superb power is needed. Thus, Gumpert worked hard to increase the power levels of its high-capacity 4.2 liter V8 engine. With an aim to increase the output level to 860 hp, Gumpert increased the supercharging pressure and optimized the intake air ducts. In addition, Gumpert installed a special racing exhaust system and even made some ignition and control time adjustments.
Moreover, Gumpert improved the engine and transmission cooling system while using high octane fuel that would also allow this engine to achieve its full power potential. The capability of the new Apollo R is also enhanced with the use of rocker switches on the steering wheel – sans a clutch pedal – to control its spur-toothed dog ring transmission. A driver just needs to take a peek at the central digital dashboard to view related information about the vehicle.
To make the Apollo R more stable on the road, Gumpert extended the chassis with a titanium blade stabilizer on the rear axle. Gumpert also aimed to make the Apollo R as light as possible (1,100 kg of charge weight) by optimizing its milled parts, undercarriage and its wiring harness, while removing a number of comfort features like the boot.
Roland Gumpert quipped that the race car is the most powerful and the lightest Apollo to date. It is highlighted by the black, red and gold foil wrapping on the Apollo R. Its swing doors are marked by a griffin, which is Gumpert’s heraldic animal. The foil and the griffin -- a mythical animal that is a cross between a lion and an eagle -- serve as the visual link between the new Apollo R and the new Apollo Enraged.
Roland noted that while the Enraged is a street legal sports car, it still features the racing genes of the Apollo R. This was apparent through the Enraged’s splendid power and weight numbers – 780 hp of output and 1,175 kg of dry weight, respectively. The interior of the new Apollo Enraged limited edition is marked by the flag design embroidery on the seat and headrest as well as a digital LCD instrument panel.