Apollo Automobile GmbH (previously known as Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH) is a German sports car manufacturer headquartered in Denkendorf. Roland Gumpert, the founder of Apollo, once held the position of director of Audi Sport. Under his management, Audi won a total of 25 World Rally Championship races and four World Rally Championship titles. In 2001, Roland Gumpert proposed a new generation of sports car, one that would be race-ready yet also street-legal. After Gumpert returned to Germany from China at the end of 2001, Roland Meyer asked him to assist in building a prototype sports car. Audi approved Gumpert’s involvement in this project on the condition that the new sports car would be a series product and not a prototype.
Denkendorf, Bavaria, Germany
The company founded in 2004 under the name “GMG Sportwagenmanufaktur Altenburg GmbH”. The technical guidelines defined and the first designs of the car drawn by Marco Vanetta. Upon Vanetta’s completion of this process, the first 1:4 scale model of Gumpert’s car produced in 2002. Gumpert continued with the development of the car now called the Apollo, along with the Technical University of Munich and the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences. They assisted him with the construction work, computer simulations, and wind tunnel tests.
This research and development helped form the blueprint for the first full-scale model. Finally two prototype Apollos constructed. The production of the Apollo started in October 2005. Many variants of the Apollo introduced throughout its production cycle. At the March 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Apollo unveiled the Arrow, a sports car that produces 986 hp (1,000 PS; 735 kW) from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. The Arrow can accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds, and has a projected top speed of 224 mph (360 km/h).
The Apollo IE embarks on a new chapter to ground an intensively striking design language that symbolizes the brand. Pushing the boundaries of design, engineering and extensive applications of exotic materials. The IE’s radical body surfaces are sculpted for tremendous efficiency and highly optimized functionality, reflecting and inspired by tactile fighter jets to apex predators such as sharks and raptors. The body of the IE narrates the language of the movement of airflow. The idea of the IE is to pierce through and manipulate the air around and also through the
vehicle. The convergence of the body panels illustrates radical depth of surfaces and stunning continuity of the body lines. A narrow teardrop shaped glass house allows the IE to achieve its stunning, bold and balanced proportions. Acuate creases and exposed wheels facilitates precise streamlining of airflow whilst resulting in a lightweight appearance grounded by powerful stance. Structural supports such as the rear spine and wing mounts are designed in order to achieve and sustain over 1350 kgs of downforce.
From the early stages of this project we knew that we wanted and needed to remain true to our core. We wanted to create a modern chassis for the next-generation. Utilizing advanced technologies and composite materials we were able to create a state of the art, bespoke, all-carbon fibre chassis which allows for maximum torsional rigidity, safety and the ability to create a!lightweight and!aerodynamically efficient shape. The chassis consists of not only a carbon monocoque, but also incorporates carbon fibre front and rear subframes. This has allowed us to create moreorganic surfaces and a tighter packaging, which in return has a positive correlation to its robust aerodynamic efficiency. The entire chassis, including the monocoque, front and rear subframes has a total weight of a mere 105kg.
Safety: Safety remains the utmost importance to us and with that in mind nothing was sacrificed. The Apollo IE features bespoke carbon fiber front crash structures, which up until today, have usually been reserved for only the pinnacle of motorsports such as Formula One.
Brakes: A partner of Apollo, Brembo has always delivered outstanding performance and remains at the top of its segment. The IE uses a new Brembro carbon ceramic (CCM) system with 380×34 mm and a 6-piston caliper in the front and 380×34 mm, 4-piston caliper at the rear.
During April 2005 the Apollo made its racing debut in the Divinol Cup. This Apollo driven by the Belgian race driver Ruben Maes. Maes finished third on the Hockenheimring race track. Three years later Gumpert announced that they would enter a hybrid electric version of the Apollo in the 2008 24 Hours Nürburgring, driven by 2004 winner Dirk Müller and former Formula One racer Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Three months passed between the first discussions and the finished hybrid Apollo. The Apollo driven in the 24 Hours Nürburgring in May 2008. The hybrid Apollo can deliver up to 630 hp (470 kW; 639 PS), powered with a 3.3 litre V8 bi-turbo engine coupled with a 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) electric motor. The car has the ability to recharge the battery under braking.
Our mission is to keep the core of automotive passion alive for current and future generations. To retain that intangible quality that although hard to describe, is at the root of automotive passion. To provide a bespoke and emotional experience; a feeling of control, a feast for your senses. Cars with intense emotion; cars with a soul.