Apollo Announces Divorce From Roland Gumpert
12-year marriage ends on a whimperby Kirby, on
The marriage between Apollo and Roland Gumpert is over, and like most divorce proceedings, it ended long before any announcements were made. According to GT Spirit, Apollo let go of Gumpert as early as June 2016, but the company only made the announcement recently, likely because of a separate announcement involving its new partnerships with Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG) and Manifattura Automobili Torino.
Gumpert’s exit from Apollo marks the end of an era that had significant highs and debilitating lows. When the company was founded in 2004, it didn’t take long for Apollo to shake up the supercar industry with offerings like the Gumpert Apollo, Apollo Sport, and Apollo Enraged. The Apollo Sport, in particular, made automotive headlines when it posted a lap time of 1:17.1 around Top Gear’s test track, becoming the fastest car to do so at that time. And just as everything seemed to be going smoothly for the company, everything went off the rails in 2013 when Gumpert filed for bankruptcy. After a few years in limbo, the company was purchased by Hong Kong-based consortium Ideal Team Ventures Ltd in January 2016, which renamed it Apollo Automobil GmbH. It was rumored that Gumpert still had a role in the new company, but this announcement has effectively put those whispers to bed.
With Gumpert no longer in the fold, Apollo is all set to move forward with its partnerships with SCG and MAT. All together, the three firms will work to build a production version of the 1,000-horsepower Apollo Arrow supercar that Apollo unveiled in concept form at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Details are still scarce on that front, but a previous report from Autocar hinted that the supercar, codenamed Titan, will be finished in time for it to appear the 2017 Goodwood Hill Climb and possibly make the hill climb.
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Tough to see this partnership end the way it did
I know that it’s been awhile since Apollo and Roland Gumpert made the headlines for anything other than those messy bankruptcy dealings a few years back, but it’s still a little surprising, maybe even a little jarring to know that the sides are no longer attached to one another. I remember a time when the Gumpert Apollo was celebrated in the industry as one of the crown jewels of the supercar segment. It was an incredible machine that stood as evidence of what a niche company could pull off if it pushed all the right buttons.
But like everything else, even the good relationships can come to an end if both parties don’t work together to make it happen. For one reason or another, the company fell apart, which lead to the messy bankruptcy issue and ultimately, the purchase of a new company – the same one that owns the De Tomaro marque, by the way – that concluded with Gumpert’s exit from the company he started.
The good news is that both parties appear to be moving forward on their own terms. Apollo’s bringing in SCG and MAT to help it develop the Arrow supercar and Roland Gumpert, at least according to rumors, is headed back to Audi where he once was the sporting director for Audi Sport.
Read our full review on the 2016 Apollo Arrow here.
Source: GT Spirit