Yesterday, we featured the Gumpert Apollo Sport setting a road-production car lap record at the Nurburgring with a time of 7:11.57. The time, which was set by Florian Gruber, proved that the Apollo Sport is one mean driving machine. Today, we have the a video of the ‘record-setting’ lap, courtesy of our good friends at Sport Auto.

There, of course, remains some scepticism as to whether or not the Apollo Sport did break the record especially considering that the Radical SR8, another car that falls into the category of ‘road-production vehicle’, blasted through the same track at 6:55 four years ago.

But that’s a debate for another time. We’re here to acknowledge the achievement of the folks from Gumpert. Record or not, a time of 7:11.57 by a road-production car at the extremely demanding Nurburgring Nordscheif is an accomplishment in every sense of the word.

Press release after the jump.


Seven:Eleven, Fifty-seven

GUMPERT apollo sport sets new lap record for road legal cars on legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife to 7:11,57 min


It is August, 13 th.

The air has a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and the sky is clouded. At 12:55 p.m. professional race driver Florian Gruber (age 26) crosses the line of the Nurburgring Nordschleife and unleashes the 700 hp of his GUMPERT apollo sport. He has set off into a race against the clock. His only objective: To break the record for road legal cars on the legendary 13 mile racetrack, once felicitously entitled “the green hell” by racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart. And to beat the existing official record of the Donkervoort D8 RS06 set almost 4 years ago.

7 minutes, 11 seconds and 57 hundreds of a second later Gruber crosses the line again. He has proven: The GUMPERT APOLLO SPORT is officially the fastest road legal factory car ever to circle the Ring until today. With an average speed of around 106,78 mp/h (171,84 km/h) the apollo was by 3,32 seconds faster than the former record holder. And – by the way – more than 13 seconds faster than the Maserati MC 12 in 2008. And, well - I even could have gone a little faster”, said the pretty unimpressed driver after coming back into the pits. And not even one drop of sweat on his brow after the record lap. The apollo sport in standard factory specification was equipped with road legal MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup tires and an adjustable suspension by KW suspensions.

“The conditions were good, but not perfect – so we have still got potential to go faster”, concluded Florian Gruber. From his point of view, the apollo has the potential to even break the 7 minutes mark. And Roland Gumpert, former Head of AUDI SPORT and managing director of the GUMPERT Sportwagenmanufaktur, adds with a wink: “It is great that we broke the record and that we were able to show the potential of the apollo – but at this stage there is no need to go faster. We don´t want to demoralize our fellow competitors by now...”

At a glance


Transmission: sequential six-speed gear box with synchronisation and oil cooling, twin plate clutch configuration (diameter 2 x 200 mm), rear-wheel drive, differential lock by Torsen

Chassis: long and pushrod-operated double transverse control arm suspension with fully adjustable dampers front and rear and anti roll bar in front

Brakes: two circuit BOSCH-ABS brake system with six piston callipers, inside ventilated discs (378 x 32 mm) all around

Wheels & Tires: Aluminium cast wheels with centre look front: 255/35 ZR19 rear: 345/35 ZR19

Dry weight: 1,200 kg (For cars with standard equipment without filling. Special eqipment may increase this value.)

Allowed total weight: 1,550 kg

Length: 4,460 mm

Width: 1,998 mm

Height: 1,105 mm

Wheel base: 2,700 mm

Wheel gauge: front: 1,670 mm, rear: 1,598 mm

Tank capacity: 120 litre

Engine: V8-cylinder-Biturbomotor with 90 degree cylinder angle, light metal cylinder heads with 5 valves per cylinder, four overhead camshafts, hydraulic valve clearance compensation, double-flow exhaust system with three-way catalytic converter, dry sump lubrication

Cubic capacity: 4,163 cm3

Engine performance: 515 kW (700 HP) at 6.500 rev/min

Maximum torque: 875 Nm at 4.000 rev/min

Litre performance: 123.7 kW/Litre (168 HP/Litre)

Maximum rev.: 7,200 rev/min

Top speed: 360 km/h / 224 mph (Depending on equipment, county related specification, gear ratio and engine power)

Acceleration figures: 0-100 km/h in 3,0 s 0-200 km/h in 8,9 s

What do you think?
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  (807) posted on 04.27.2010

I heard that the SR8 features the largest engine Radical has ever made. Not to mention still holds the Nürburgring lap record for the fastest production car in the world.

  (428) posted on 02.21.2010

So that’s how that track looks. It looks exactly the same as it is in Gran Turismo. It is where I have learned the track, its a good and long track BTW, if it did finished in 7 minutes then congratulations.

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