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Gumpert Apollo Enraged and R Racer revealed in Geneva

Gumpert unveiled two world premieres at the Geneva Motorshow first the Apollo R and the road legal Apollo Enraged special edition.

Roland Gumpert the former director of Audi Sport informed us it has been 3 years since they got the 7:11 time on the infamous norschleife and is looking forward to beating it with both cars the Road Legal Apollo Enraged and the trackday special the Apollo R.

The Gumpert Apollo R uses the Audi sourced V8 used in both the V8 R8 and the RS4 with added twin-turbo engine producing 860 HP, the power increase is a tribute to the additional boost pressure and lower air gas intake temperatures along with modifications from the manifold and air intake system which will survive hotter ambient temperatures.

The engine considering its anorexic 1100kg is finished off with a single piece of cast aluminium detailing the Gumpert Logo.

The special edition GUMPERT apollo Enraged. Limited to three vehicles worldwide will have 780 hp which is the most powerful street legal Apollo to leave the GUMPERT factory.

We expect Gumpert to be attempting another record of the Nordschleife later this year.

Gumpert Release the first picture of the Tornante Concept

Gumpert have release the first image of the italian sounding Tornante ahead of its unveiling at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Featuring an exclusive design by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggara the hand built supercar will input some style over the usual Gumpert focused design.

The picture hints at the stylish but functional front fascia along with aggressive air vents feeding air to the two intercoolers hidden underneath.

Sporting Gull wing doors and composite body panels mated to chrome molybdenum steel chassis.

And the cockpit will be made from carbon fibre which eill aid the lightness of the finished article we expect a weight of around 1150kg.

Most of the internals will be audi sourced along with the tt40e gearbox from the Apollo.

The Power unit will be the 4.2 liter biturbo v8 which is expected to be similar to the Apollo of around 690 Bhp.

The GUMPERT TORNANTE by TOURING will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

Nurburgring – Nordschleife Lap Times Analysis

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Everytime there is a lap record beaten it is always argued by the manufacturers to the legality of the attempt and the actual class of the Vehicle.

So last night I spent some time just going through the Historic and other controversial lap records, I wasnt really interested in the class of car nor the actual legality of it on the road.

I want to do this on the Technological achievements of engine development through the Years.

In the past couple of years here are the top 5 lap times:-

Manufacturer Model Laptime
Radical SR8 LM 6.55
Ferrari 599XX 6.58
Gumpert Apollo Speed 7.11
Donkervoort D8 270 RS 7.15
Dodge Viper 7.22

All the above times has caused stirs in the industry to the legality of the record arguing that for Example:-

  1. “The Radical SR8 LM would not pass a German TUV test so is not really a Road Legal Car.”
  2. “The Gumpert is not really a mass production  sportscar so doesnt count.”
  3. “Ferrari have made there own class and the only one in it.”

All in all we could spend hours arguing over the legality and validity of the above times and also non of the above cars was scrutineered to prove it’s as per production.

So what is the conclusion of the above nothing really, but the Radical SR8 is the fastest trackday weapon for relatively little cash.

I wasnt happy with that conclusion, So I went back to the wiki to compare competition Classes, two stood out:-

Manufacturer Model Driver + Laptime Laptime
Porsche 956  1983 – Stefan Bellof 6.11
Ferrari 312T 1975 – Niki Lauda 6.58

 So my conclusion is that the Radical SR8 LM is better than the Ferrari 312T built in 1975, and still chasing the Porsche’s 956 6.11 made in 1983.

So after years of development and manufacturers insistance to add electronics and safety cells in turn increased weight hasnt really achieved the same lap times as competition class cars from nearly 30 years ago.

And heres a tribute for the best ever Nordschleife Recorded Lap Record Stefan Bellof 6:11
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TBUZP5WBww[/youtube]

So the next topic of debate has the track changed from past-present but I will save that for somebody else to address…..

Sources:- Wikipedia,Pistonspy

Geneva 2010 : apollo sport 2010

GUMPERT Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH is celebrating 4 world premieres at the 80th International Motor Show in Geneva.

The GUMPERT power package was  on show for the first time at the 80th Geneva Motor Show: two impressive versions of the further developed apollo sport, in flattering black and white.

The Power unit has been Optimised using new recirculation valves and improved cooling of the forced induction system improved the performance of the German Altenburg-built racing car to 750 hp/551 kW (previously 700 hp/515 kW).

This increase in performance of more than seven percent can be felt above all on curved and fast stretches of road. The power per litre therefore increases to more than 180 hp per litre of cylinder capacity which should shatter its Previous Nurburgring Record set in 2009.

The LED daytime running lights ensure clear conditions in temporary traffic.

In the course of reducing the vehicle’s drag coefficient, the front and tail now have a significantly more striking and forceful design, making the apollo seem more aggressive.

A completely re-designed flap-controlled exhaust system with two times two tail pipes produces an unmistakeable earthy sound.

In addition flaps in the tail area ensure optimised down force, something that has always been a priority of the apollo. The integration of a brand-new reinforced CIMA gearbox (apollo S1000) into the apollo sport now gives it improved reliability in long-distance races.

Further innovations in 2010: a considerably improved CD/DVD player sound system and a central flashlight for motor racing on the redesigned tail.

TopGear reported this car as Ugly in the flesh its an awe inspiring recreational weapon.

Source: Gumpert

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Gumpert Nurburgring Lap Record 7:11.57

New lap record at the Nordschleife (Sport Auto Trophy)

With a lap time under 7:12 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife gets Gumpert Apollo Sport, the Sport Auto Trophy, the coveted cup for the fastest street-legal vehicles with life lap on the Nordschleife. Pilot Florian Gruber to undercut the old record by 3.32 seconds.

The new record   7.11,57 minutes – Gruber drove in the mid-engined sports car  the “Apollo Sport”. Gruber stated “It certainly would have gone a little faster,” said the 26-year-old record after the round and seemed totally uneffected by this committed drive.

The Pistonspy was there and got the pictures of the Gumpert on the 13th August 2009.

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