Gumpert is back & better than before

The automaker once known as Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH has received a new lease on life thanks to wealthy investors at a holding company named Ideal Team Ventures Limited. What’s that matter? Well, Ideal Team has poured resources into the automaker, effectively allowing it to rebirth itself with a new product. That product debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show as the Apollo Arrow – a 1,000-horsepower hypercar ready to compete in the exclusive league of built-to-order collectibles.

The automaker, now called Apollo Automobil GmbH, appears ready to redefine itself as a legitimate threat to other hypercar builders. "I have always been a big fan of the Gumpert Apollo. It was, in my opinion, a thoroughbred hypercar that stood out among its competitors," said Norman Choi, owner of Ideal Team Ventures Limited. "I’m excited to have the opportunity to revive, reinvent and rebuild this legendary, record-breaking vehicle.”

Though the company went through a restructuring, Roland Gumpert continues to act as Apollo’s CEO and chief engineer. "The Arrow is truly magnificent – it is the perfect combination of German engineering and automotive art," Gumpert says about the car. "Although it’s still a prototype, we are confident that the Arrow will achieve the unimaginable."

This marks a new chapter for Apollo, thanks to its new investor, fresh engineering practices, and as we’ll see with the Arrow, a new design style that mimics the natural world.

Continue reading to learn more about the Apollo Arrow.

  • 2016 Apollo Arrow
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
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  • Model:
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Fully synchronised sequential 7-gear
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    989
  • Torque @ RPM:
    737
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    223 mph
  • Price:
    1100000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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That new design philosophy is described in Apollo’s press release like this: “People today have a highly sensitized response to design and instinctively begin to link together cues originating from a single philosophy. For our designers, the design that heralded the rebirth of Apollo is crucial – because it will have a key influence on the style of the cars that follow.”

The Arrow will serve as a design benchmark that future designers will look back on for inspiration

In other words, Apollo needed to create something fresh and different – something that looked like nothing else. Apollo designers didn’t want folks linking the Arrow’s design cues to some other vehicle or with a styling theme that’s already been done. The Arrow had to break fresh ground. That’s a noble task these days, when it seems like many automakers are piece-milling vehicles together using styling cues found elsewhere. It might not be considered a copy-cat design, but the detailing has been done before.

Why the fuss? Well, Apollo plans on being around for the long haul. The Arrow will serve as a design benchmark that future designers will look back on for inspiration. The Arrow serves as the design foundation for the entire Apollo brand.

And looking at the car, it’s clear Apollo designers achieve their goal. The Arrow looks like nothing else on the road. its steeply raked front nose leads into a massive windshield and down over a sloping rear panel. Large aero pieces help the Arrow slip through the air. They include the front chin splitter, the large rear wing and diffuser, and the side mirrors that sit far removed from the body.

The mid-engine car uses a clamshell-style rear opening to cover its engine and rear suspension. Open the cover and you’ll get a beautiful view of yellow coil springs, a silver custom exhaust system, and the center differential with half-shafts heading to each rear wheel. It’s mechanical beauty at its finest.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 4,890 MM (192.51 Inches)
Width 1,992 MM (78.42 Inches) (2,185 MM with mirrors (86.02 Inches))
Height 1,224 MM (48.18 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,700 MM (106.29 Inches)
Wheel gauge front/back 1,670/1,598 MM (65.74/62.91 Inches)

Interior

Apollo didn’t say much about the Arrow’s interior, though the automaker gives its customers nearly free reign to customize their vehicle the way they see fit. Want Alcantara? Done. Leather? Sure. Velour? It might be the ugliest thing ever seen, but yeah, Apollo would do it.

Drivetrain

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That allows the 2,900-pound Arrow to hit 62 mph in a claimed 2.9-seconds while top speed is said to be 220 mph

Behind the cockpit and under the clamshell lies an Audi-sourced, 4.0-liter V-8 fitted with twin turbochargers. The engine uses a reverse-flow design, placing the turbos inside the vee to greatly reduce turbo lag. The total output is impressive: 986 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and 737 pound-feet of torque at 3,650 rpm. That allows the 2,900-pound Arrow to hit 62 mph in a claimed 2.9-seconds while top speed is said to be 220 mph.

Those turbos are larger than anything Apollo has used before, and therefore needed larger intercoolers. That’s where the Arrow’s exterior design came into play, utilizing the bodywork to route cool air into the engine bay. Not only do the turbos add power, the larger exhaust that accompany them are said to decrease backpressure. A welcomed side benefit is slightly improved fuel economy.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type V8 4.0l Twin-Turbo
Displacement 3,993cm3
Output 1000 PS (986 HP)
Torque 1000 NM (737 LB-FT)
Transmission Fully synchronised sequential 7-gear CIMA transmission, Twin plate clutch configuration,
Self-locking differential by Torsen
0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) 2.9 seconds
0 - 200 km/h (124 mph) 8.8 seconds
Top Speed 360 KM/H (223 MPH)

Suspension & Brakes

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The Arrow uses magnetic-type dampers that continually adjust to road and track conditions. They help quell the movements of the center-locking, 20- and 21-inch wheels. The dampers also allow for an adjustable ride height, ranging from 40 mm to 120 mm. The wheels cover a performance braking system from AP Racing with the EPS and ABS programmed from Bosch. Brake cooling has also increased over anything done by Apollo, keeping brake fade subdued.

Prices

Apollo hasn’t worked out finial pricing, though the Arrow won’t cost more than €1 million, or roughly $1,100,000 at current exchange rates. That makes the Arrow one of the lest-expensive hypercars on the market. Of course, the more customization and bespoke parts that a customer adds, the more the price rises. Apollo has set a production limit of 100 examples, so if you want your own, you’d better act quickly.

Competition

McLaren P1

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The McLaren P1 is a surprisingly well-matched competitor to the Apollo Arrow. Only 0.2-liters separate the P1’s 3.8-liter V-8 from the Arrow’s. The P1 even uses a pair of turbochargers to achieve its 800-horsepower rating. Unlike the Arrow, the P1 uses a hybrid electric drive system that generates 103 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. That puts the P1’s output ratings at 903 and 1,100 respectively. The sprint to 62 mph only takes 2.8 seconds and its top speed is governed at 217 mph. Even the price is similar. Each of the 375 examples of the P1 sold for roughly $1.15 million.

Read our full review on the McLaren P1 here.

Conclusion

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The Apollo Arrow certainly seems worthy of succeeding the original Gumpert Apollo car. Its more powerful engine, better sorted suspension, carbon fiber body, and bespoke looks make it what hypercars should be. Furthermore, Apollo’s customization program and production cap of 100 examples means no two cars will be the same. We expect to see everything from mild to wild with customers’ orders. After all, folks who can pay millions for a car generally get what they want.

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    • * Expensive

Press Release

Apollo Automobil GmbH is delighted to premier the Arrow, a new hypercar that it hopes will surpass the records set by its predecessor, the Gumpert Apollo. With the launch, the rebranded automaker is celebrating a new chapter in its corporate history.

A New Dawn

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Following restructuring in 2015, Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH was rebranded as Apollo Automobil GmbH. The company’s new owner, Ideal Team Ventures Limited, is a holding company with investments in a range of industries including the automotive sector, financial services, food and beverage, and leasing and chartering.

"I have always been a big fan of the Gumpert Apollo. It was, in my opinion, a thoroughbred hypercar that stood out among its competitors," says Norman Choi, owner of Ideal Team Ventures Limited. "I’m excited to have the opportunity to revive, reinvent and rebuild this legendary, record-breaking vehicle. I am very happy with the upgrades we made to the Apollo N and extremely proud of the Arrow which is being debuted today, both technically and aesthetically."

Roland Gumpert remains CEO and Chief Engineer at Apollo, leading a team of engineers and technical experts in the Arrow’s development. "The Arrow is truly magnificent – it is the perfect combination of German engineering and automotive art," comments Mr Gumpert. "Although it’s still a prototype, we are confident that the Arrow will achieve the unimaginable."

"Our team in Germany and UK have managed to transform an extremely powerful engine to a new hyper-car, while taking all vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration," says Bailey Xu, Managing Director, "I was instantly electrified by the idea of applying the characteristics of the F22 Raptor to the Apollo Arrow, with the inspiration of marine biology, the Arrow could deliver up to 1000 HP and 1000 Nm of torque, and thus taking Apollo to a new level."

With a new investor, a new design philosophy and new engineering insights, Apollo has started a new chapter in its history. The company has a brand new factory and technology centre in Denkendorf, Germany. It is also launching an impressive network of showrooms and dealerships to help it introduce the Apollo Arrow to the world.

With a new corporate vision, Apollo is demonstrating its renewed commitment to becoming one of the best hypercar manufacturers on the planet.

Apollo Arrow

Design philosophy

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Apollo’s new design philosophy, which is inspired by the ruthlessness of the ocean, is
important not only to the Arrow – but also for setting the tone as the company moves forward. People today have a highly sensitized response to design and instinctively begin to link together cues originating from a single philosophy. For our designers, the design that heralded the rebirth of Apollo is crucial – because it will have a key influence on the style of the cars that follow.

Perhaps most importantly, the fluidity of the design – like a shark – gives the Arrow the appearance of constant motion, even when it stands still.

In this respect, human intervention is essential. When confronted with a design brief featuring a high aerodynamic threshold, our own instinct is to turn to Mother Nature. The cues that can be borrowed from animals or plants are almost always efficient in terms of design. When considering the optimal conditions for moving gracefully through water, sharks happen to exhibit a truly wondrous aesthetic and mechanical efficiency – which is why the ocean’s primary predator has had such an influence on the Arrow’s design.

In addition to all its unique features, the singular, breathtaking speed of the Apollo Arrow elevates this exclusive hypercar to the true embodiment of the ocean.

Dynamics in figures

The new Apollo Arrow boasts a remarkable torque of 1,000 Nm at 3,650 rpm thanks to the 3.993-litre capacity of its hot V8 engine. An output of 1,000 HP is achieved at 6,750 rpm. These impressive figures allow the car to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in less than 2.9 seconds. The Arrow has a top speed of 360 km/h (220 mph).

Drive system

The improved horsepower is the result of using two larger turbochargers on the top instead of the bottom, with new intercoolers and the new exhaust system. The F22 Raptor inspired its design. Furthermore, Apollo has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components to ensure they can safely transfer the immense force that the Arrow is capable of. Thanks to the larger turbochargers and general decrease in back pressure, fuel consumption has also been reduced slightly – even with the increased power output.

Chassis

In order to put this unrivalled power on the road safely and expertly, the engineers have reconfigured the Arrow’s chassis. Thanks to the quick-responding dampers – adapted from motor racing – the control of the vehicle has been further improved and perfectly balanced. In addition to the unparalleled lateral acceleration, the precise interaction of the tyres on all-new, lighter 20-inch front, 21-inch rear "Arrow"-type flow-formed monoblock alloy wheels with centre-lock fixing ensures stable handling – further enhanced by the intelligent high-performance braking system from AP Racing with ESP/ABS from Bosch. Since the reconfigured Launch Control kicks in slightly later, for example, when accelerating around corners, the Apollo Arrow also delivers more dynamic performance in these types of situations. It goes without saying that the brake-cooling system in the front of the vehicle has been adapted to account for the increased engine output. The brakes, unmatched in terms of stability and performance, also have additional and larger air intakes. Vehicle ground clearance is adjustable between 40 mm and 120 mm.

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Body

Apollo has developed a brand new carbon body with an integrated carbon monocoque for the safety cell. A completely new spoiler significantly reduces wind noise and buffering in the interior. The window sill depth, gull-wing doors and central ram air intake were the key signature features of the original car, so these have been carefully retained and blended with the new design treatment – which wraps, front and rear, around a redesigned cockpit for taller drivers.

Exterior

The entire vehicle exterior, including air ducts and the fuel and oil cap, are made from carbon. The metallic bright Wulfenite orange paintwork, which stretches from the bumper, across the wings to behind the door, ensures that the car will turn heads wherever it goes. Intricate details, such as the Wulfenite paintwork on the bottom of the rear wing and the interior of the striking double diffuser, further accentuate the car’s eye-catching design.

This strong colour scheme also mirrors Apollo’s "New Dawn" logo. Impressive wheel rims with centre lock fixing round off the car’s distinctive look.

Individualization

There is no end to the customization and individualization options for the Arrow. We plan to produce a maximum of 100 unique Apollo Arrows, each of them exclusively tailored to its owner.

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