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2012 Geneva Motor Show: Gumpert Apollo Enraged is a street legal race car

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.

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