Apollo To Team Up With Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus To Build 1,000-Horsepower Arrow Supercar
Italian manufacturing house Manifattura Automobili Torino is also part of the collaborationby Kirby Garlitos, on
Apollo Automobil GmbH’s reincarnation from the doomed Gumpert brand is about ready to switch into high gear after the company announced a partnership with Scudera Cameron Glickenhaus to co-develop the production version of the 1,000-horsepower Apollo Arrow concept that was shown at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Even better, the collaboration will also include Italian manufacturing firm Manifattura Automobili Torino, the same company that helped build James Glickenhaus’ SCG003 S supercar.
Details are scarce at this point, but according to Autocar, the three companies have set out a timetable for this cooperation, which will initially involve producing a race-spec version of the Arrow concept under the project codename Titan. The car is being touted to have a V-12 engine and will be finished in time for it to make the hill climb at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. From there, a V-8-powered road car called the Arrow S will follow, albeit without a timetable at the moment.
Admittedly, there are still plenty of things to be ironed out before this collaboration effectively gets off the ground. But the optimism is real from all parties concerned, particularly from Glickenhaus himself, who described the Arrow concept as a “thing of beauty” and expressed confidence that SCG can “bring a lot of technical know-how to the table from our successful experience of competing on the toughest races in motorsport.”
For its part, Apollo seems to share that sentiment, as chairman Norman Choi was quoted saying that “the SCG003C is a really impressive car and I’m looking forward to working with the team to develop our new Apollo Arrow and create something truly special.”
Here’s to hoping that this partnership lives up to its potential, and then some.
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There are some serious players involved in this project
History has painted a not-so flattering picture of start-up manufacturers looking to break into the supercar segment and the realist in me wants to temper these expectations a little bit. But the way this transaction has taken shape has given me reason to be optimistic that it could deliver on not just one model, but both of them.
First, let’s look at Apollo’s predecessor Gumpert. For all of the financial problems it incurred, it was still able to deliver the Gumpert Apollo supercar. It even gave birth to a few variants along the way, but the point is that the people who are still with Apollo from their days with the old company know what it takes to build a supercar without having the financial backing of a big auto company. Then there’s the involvement of James Glickenhaus and SCG. They’re completely legitimate themselves and have, at various times in the past few years, gifted all of us with the likes of the SCG003 S and the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione. Having MAT in the fold also helps add more legitimacy to this project because the company is responsible for helping build the SCG003 S.
Put all of these pieces on the table and the outlook is very promising. That’s not to say that we can expect it to happen, but we’re talking about dedicated and passionate people here and based on their respective track records, there’s no reason to think that they won’t put the same amount of time and hard work into seeing this partnership through, right down to the production of the Arrow S, whenever that’s going to happen.
So yes, I think that barring anything unforeseen, we’re going to see the Apollo Arrow racer and the Arrow S at some point in the future. I’m putting my eggs in that basket.
Read our full review on the 2016 Apollo Arrow here.