The recovery has been slow for Gumpert, the German automaker, after having filed last August for a provisional insolvency. Gumpert was able to resume production while it was under the insolvency administration. But then, the number of orders it has received is increasing. The insolvency proceedings began right as scheduled, on Oct. 16, 2012.
It sold its first new car just a few days after. According to insolvency administrator Mr. Görge Scheid, he is confident that with the many orders in process, its operations will be able to continue sustainably and permanently. Notably, the first negotiations with investors have taken place. Even with the slump in the car industry, there’s still a high demand for the sports car Apollo.
This proves that the market still has a place for an independent sports car manufacturer. The apollo has an advantage over small series producers, which are facing insolvency like Melkus and Artega, since it features the highest level of self-contained technical developments. Germany has a small and elite fan base for the super sports car.
Since all cars are handmade, each masterpiece is one of a kind and assembled according specifically to what the buyer wants. According to managing director Roland Gumpert, they hope to sell 4 or 5 cars in the next quarter.
Since its global network has been activated once again, it anticipates more orders to come in from Japan, China, Turkey and the Middle East. Insolvency administrator Mr. Scheid said that it’s assumed that an investor will be found in time for all 25 jobs in Alterburg to be saved. Roland Gumpert, the technical manager of AUDI, reached his goals by creating the apollo and the advanced model Tornante about a decade ago.
The new Gumpert Apollo could be considered as the perfect fusion between road and racing cars. It is a true-blue sports car that boasts of around 650 of output – a power level that is enough to allow it to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in only 3.0 seconds and achieve a top speed of 360 km/h. It is designed and developed to feature a complete package, with a cost-performance ratio that no other cars in its class could match.
Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur regards exclusivity and precision as equal to speed. This is why Gumpert associates the term “manufacture” with the commitment to attain quality and luxury through high levels of craftsmanship and hand-made production.
Company founder Roland Gumpert created a manufacturing environment that harmoniously combines automotive and racing competence with engineering excellence. After all, Roland used to be a manager at Audi in the mid 1970s, and was regarded as driving force on the development of the "Iltis" four-wheel drive system, which is the original predecessor of Audi’s "Quattro." He took charge in preparing the Iltis for the 1979 Paris-Dakar rally and was able to attain victory in the process. Thanks to his work, Audi Sport was able to build on this four-wheel drive system and thereby win 25 World Rally Championship races. Audi also managed to become a four-time winner of the World Rally Championship.
As for the new Gumpert Apollo, this car was developed by a group of automotive and motor sports specialists, whose abilities allowed for the finest workmanship and individuality. Gumpert’s team also employed proven standard components and high-tech processes ensure that the Apollo features an excellent technical basis.