Roland Gumpert was one of the key employees of Audi. He was the motorsports division manager in the 1970s and the 1980s, a good two decades where he led Audi to win 4 Rally World Championship titles. This car, the Gumpert Apollo is a his brainchild, what one might consider the Lotus Elise of the Audi world.
Construction options for the Gumpert Apollo is fairly flexible, you can either opt for a GRP reinforced fiberglass resin, or a full carbon fibre bodywork. The 4.2 litre V8 is lifted from the Audi RS4 and is twin-turbocharged, boosting power from the normally aspirated 450hp to a nice 650hp at 6,800rpm and 809 newton meters of torque at 5,000rpm, a pretty high value as the engine is a high revving one, redlining at over 8,000rpm. This is for the top line model.
A mid-line model will feature a supercharged version with 460hp, while the base line is the standard normally aspirated 4.2 litre V8. Even so, the base line still has good performance stats, with 0-100km/h at 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 290km/h. All variants use a 6-speed sequential gearbox with twin clutches.
The Gumpert Apollo is 167.3 inches in length, 76.0 inches wide and 43.2 inches tall with a 106.8 inch wheelbase. Body drag coefficient is about 0.39 cD, really not very impressive by today’s standards.