Gumpert Apollo Sport Sets Nurburging Lap

Back in mid-2009, the Gumpert Apollo Sport did something amazing. It set a new lap record for a road-legal production car the Nurburging-Nordschleife track. Gumpert was founded in 2004 by former Volkswagen executive Roland Gumpert in order to build track-ready supercars that were also deemed to be street legal. Powered by a 700 hp, 4.2-liter, bi-turbo V8 supplied by Audi, the Gumpert Apollo goes from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 223.9 mph.

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It's constructed on a tubular frame with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber panels. Gumpert claims the Apollo is designed so that it can be driven upside-down in a tunnel if driven to more than 190 mph. Unfortunately, this hasn't been tested. Driven by 26-year-old Florian Gruber, the car set a record time of 7minutes, and 11.57 seconds on August 13, 2009. That time lasted only a week as the Radical SR8 LM re-claimed the crown. Nevertheless, the fact that a supercar was built from concept to Nurburging record breaker in just five years is quite something.
Carrying a base price of around $415,625, the Gumpert Apollo Sport certainly has the exclusivity of a proper supercar. However, we'd still love to see it perform some of its supposed inverted tunnel abilities.


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