Official: Gumpert Apollo R

Gumpert Apollo R

Gumpert have released official details and an official photo of the Gumpert Apollo R due to debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 starting today. The Gumpert Apollo R is the second official release at the Geneva Motor Show 2012.

Modifications to the Gumperts 4.2 liter V8 include a higher supercharging pressure, ignition and control time adjustments, optimisation of the intake air ducts and a special racing exhaust system. This allows for a maximum power output of 860hp at 6,000rpm and torque of 980Nm at 4,000rpm. The redline is set at 7,400rpm. The gearbox is a race dog ring transmission with a TT40e electronic gear system, a twin plate clutch configuration and self-locking differential.

The body work is mostly machined from carbon fiber. The Gumpert Apollo R gets a tube frame and integrated carbon/kevlar safety cell, a carbon body, carbon/aluminium underbody, Makrolon side windows and kill switches. The aerodynamic package is optimised for downforce with a carbon rear wing, carbon louvers for wheel ventilation, an air box for RAM Air effect and an air lift system.

The Gumpert Apollo R weighs just 1,100kg. The 100kg weight saving results from the wire harness milled components and underbody construction as well as the lithium battery and Makrolonside windows. As a result of the weight saving measures, Gumpert conservatively estimate 308km/h as the top speed depending on the gearbox ratio, a 0-100km/h time of 2.9 seconds and 8.6 seconds to 200km/h.

The Gumpert Apollo R features double wishbone suspension with adjustable rebound and compression. This also features adjustable ride height between 40 and 120mm thanks to push rod suspension, a front anti-roll bar and a titanium rear anti-roll bar. 18 inch aluminium wheels are fitted with Michelin slick tyres. Inside is an Alcantara interior with six-point safety belts (including H.A.N.S. system), a fire extinguishing system, 2D-BigDash display and data recorder.

Geneva Motor Show 2012

“Race cars are not entirely new to us,” says Roland Gumpert about the latest model from Altenburg. “After all, we competed in the 24h at the ‘Nürburgring’ race course with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in a hybrid apollo in 2008.” Increased demand, especially from Asia, has now prompted the company to offer a pure race car in addition to the street legal Apollo and Apollo S models. “Many of our customers are driving their apollo on the racecourse, usually during track days or private events. With the Apollo R, we allow ambitious drivers among them to participate in open GT events,” continues the manager.

We think the Apollo R competes with the Pagani Zonda R as an extreme, track day only hypercar. We’ll check this at the show today so keep an eye out for that information and for more photos live from the Geneva Motor Show 2012!

Published: March 6, 2012 12:01 am

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