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Apollo Announces Divorce From Roland Gumpert

Apollo Announces Divorce From Roland Gumpert

12-year marriage ends on a whimper

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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2016 Apollo Arrow

2016 Apollo Arrow

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.

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2017 Apollo N

2017 Apollo N

Speed and performance at all costs

German performance-vehicle manufacturer Gumpert underwent a corporate restructure in 2015, recently remerging as Apollo Automobil GmbH, a name pulled from Gumpert’s previous line of exotics. Coinciding with the rebranding is the release of two new models, both of which dropped cover at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. One is called the Arrow, while the other, shown here, is the N. Anyone familiar with Gumpert should instantly recognize the N’s… purposeful lines, which evolved from the Apollo S and Apollo Enraged that preceded it. Underneath, you’ll find the same race-ready go-fast bits as its forerunners, including a twin-turbo V-8, competition-spec suspension, and lightweight chassis.

Of course, you don’t wanna stray too far from the formula when making a follow-up to a record-setter. You see, back in 2009, the Apollo S went around the Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 11.57 seconds, earning the title of fastest street-legal production car from the German magazine Sport Auto.

Which brings us to the N. The singular letter is a reference to the notorious German track that is the vehicle’s genesis, which also happens to be the place where the rest of Apollo’s no-nonsense portfolio will be tested and developed.

Break it down, and this thing is basically a race car for the road with every intention of conquering the laws of physics with extreme prejudice. But in a world filled to the brim with insane hypercar competition, does the Apollo N have what it takes to flourish?

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Gumpert Saved By Hong Kong Company; New Model Coming In 7 Days

Gumpert Saved By Hong Kong Company; New Model Coming In 7 Days

Once a company that produced one of the fastest supercars in the world, Gumpert ceased to exist in 2013, when it filed for bankruptcy and went into liquidation. More than two years have passed since then, and it seems that the German brand will make a comeback under new ownership. Specifically, Gumpert was purchased by Hong Kong-based investment group Consolidated Ideal TeamVenture in December, and a new model will be revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.

According to World Car Fans, quoting an e-mail it received from the company’s new owners, the automaker has been renamed Apollo Automobil GmbH, and its first new vehicle is codenamed Arrow. Whether the new supercar is brand-new or based on the original Gumpert Apollo is still a mystery, but the firm promises to unveil more details on January 11. Also, the relaunched brand is likely to continue without Gumpert founder Roland Gumpert, who is reportedly working on a race-spec hypercar with Reiter Engineering and JAS Motorsport.

As for the company that saved the German brand, Ideal TeamVenture is the same investor group that bought De Tomaso for €1 million (about $1.09 million) in 2015. The consortium, which is based in Hong Kong but has legal status in the Virgin Islands, has yet to unveil its plans for Gumpert, but the new supercar is likely to be built in China, where future De Tomaso vehicles will also be produced.

Stay tuned for more info as the story develops.

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2013 Gumpert Apollo S Ironcar By 2M Designs

2013 Gumpert Apollo S Ironcar By 2M Designs

Germans always stay a decade ahead when it comes it automotive technology and innovations, but one brand from the same country — Gumpert — is acting tortoise in the automotive race. The company’s Apollo recently spent a whole lot of time under the careful knife of the German company 2M-Designs. The Apollo is perhaps the only Gumpert vehicle to create waves, and it introduced the brand to the world.

Though the Apollo underwent a lot of modifications here, don’t start thinking it is a slouch. In fact, The Gumpert Apollo Sport was once featured on Top Gear UK, where it completed a lap on the show’s famed track in just 1.17.1 .This time trumped the industry’s top models, including the Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Zonda. This result helped the model catch the eyes of those who were still unaware of the German brand.

So, what could have 2M done to make this supercar even better?

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2015 Gumpert Explosion

2015 Gumpert Explosion

Gumpert hasn’t exactly had the smoothest history in its 12 short years of existence. The brand developed several variants of the Apollo, but it apparently couldn’t make enough money off of its hypercars because, in August of 2013, the company filed bankruptcy. Oddly enough, Gumpert didn’t actually go under and spent the next year deloping the 2015 Gumpert Explosion – a model that debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The car was nothing like the models that came before it, featuring a coupe layout and a look like a BMW M6 had a love child with a Mitsubishi Eclipse. It had track-inspired aerodynamics, centrally positioned cabin and a 2.0-liter engine. Don’t let the displacement fool you, though – this little sports coupe came with 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet on tap.

Gumpert was eventually purchased by Idea Team Venture, the same brand that also owns De Tomaso, which led to the Apollo Arrow that debuted in 2016 at the Geneva Auto Show. While the Explosion wasn’t exactly the same cup of tea that we normally get from Gumpert – it’s not exactly a name you expect to pair with something that is less than 800 horsepower – it was a pretty wild move to keep the company alive. Keep in mind; this isn’t your every-day German sports coupe. That little 2.0-liter was enough to push this baby to 60 mph in all of three seconds.

So, now that you know a little about the Gumpert Explosion, keep reading to learn about all the fine details. It really isn’t a bad proposition for a car priced a little higher than $112,000.

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Gumpert Bites The Dust Again

When Gumpert was financially healthy, it produced some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. At one point, the Apollo even staked its claim as the fastest production car on the planet.

But all that seems like a distant memory now that the German automaker is in serious trouble again. It’s gotten so bad that, according to German news source T-online, Gumpert has once again gone under.

The sad part is that this isn’t Gumpert’s first dance with insolvency in the past year. In fact, a year ago, the company’s financial turmoil forced it to declare for insolvency. It seemed that the company was slowly getting its act together after the company announced that a new investor had come into the picture and that the company was set to launch an expanded product range in the future.

Those proclamations ended up being lip service now that the company has filed for insolvency again. We gotta say, it’s not looking really good for Gumpert these days and unless it can find more money to finance its operations, we might be looking at the end of one of the most potent builders of supercars we’ve seen in recent history.

It’s a shame, but that’s the state of the industry these days. You build cars worth millions with a limited supply and when the demand isn’t there, then you’re in trouble. It worked for Gumpert for a while, but it looks like its doomed formula finally caught up to it.

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Gumpert Confirms New Investors, Lineup Expansion on the Horizon

Last November, news came out that Gumpert was getting back on its feet after a recent rash of orders kept the company’s head above water. At that time, insolvency administrator, Görge Scheid, said that the company was still in the middle of looking for investors that would keep the company alive.

Well, good news has arrived for Gumpert, as the supercar maker confirmed that it has not only secured a new investor but more importantly, it’s about to launch an expanded product range in the future.

“Our distribution and dealer networks are being expanded worldwide and sister models will soon be added to the Apollo,” company founder, Roland Gumpert, said.

For now, the company is keeping its plans under lock and key, although Gumpert did give some hints that one of the first models of the re-launched Gumpert will arrive this year at a "major trade fair".

Maybe the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year?

Whenever that is, it’s great to see Gumpert back on its feet. We probably speak for everyone when we say that we can’t wait for its next range of models to once again challenge for the title of "fastest car in the world.”

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Video: National Geographic Takes a Trip to Gumpert's Headquarters

Video: National Geographic Takes a Trip to Gumpert’s Headquarters

The world is replete with supercar manufacturers that are determined to stamp their presence in the industry. But only a few can lay claim to having had the same success as German supercar manufacturer Gumpert.

As the folks behind the Apollo supercar — once considered as the fastest car in the world — Gumpert has become an industry legend, so much so that National Geographic has even taken notice.

In the latest episode of their Megafactories series, the fine folks from Nat Geo take us on a chronological journey through the creation of one of Gumpert’s ultimate beasts, the Apollo Enraged, and the time frame it took for it to make its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

In addition, National Geographic also caught up with Roland Gumpert, the father of the brand, where he disclosed his plans for Gumpert to eventually hit mainstream. We’re not sure how that’s going to work, but if there’s one niche supercar brand that can pull it off, we won’t be surprised if it’s Gumpert.

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Production version Gumpert Tornante leaks on the internet

Production version Gumpert Tornante leaks on the internet

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show Gumpert announced a new two-seater Tourer model to its lineup, and now the first images of the production version Tornante have finally surfaced on the internet. A big surprise for everyone considering that just a few months ago the company was facing insolvency.

The production version Tornante looks a little bit updated when compared to the concept unveiled last year. It gets a louvred rear window, horizontal exhaust pipes and taillights inspired by the Lamborghini Gallardo. Other updates include a new front lip spoiler and redesigned headlamps.

No details have been provided on the engine to be used in the production version, but we expect to see the same engine seen in the concept: a bi-turbo V8 with an output of 690 HP mated to a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox controlled by paddle shifters. The concept was capable to hit a top speed of 186 mph, so we expect at least the same performance figures in the production version.

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Gumpert Getting Back On its Feet, as Apollo Orders Trickle in

Looks like Gumpert will live to see another day. Or multiple days, if the recent resurgence in sales keep up.

After a recent filing for insolvency, the German supercar maker was able to restart production, allowing it to slowly yet steadily build on its order list to help the company not only survive but also "continue permanently and sustainably."

Insolvency administrator Görge Scheid expressed enough confidence to say in a press release that the company is looking at far more stable days in the future. “We strongly assume that we will find an investor and save all 25 jobs in Altenburg”, he said.

Before that, Gumpert must sustain production of the Apollo supercar and all of its variants. That certainly is possible, given there is strong demand for the supercar.

Managing director, Roland Gumpert, is certainly looking at brighter days ahead, saying that the company is already expecting to sell four or five cars in the “next quarter".

If Gumpert can ride on that momentum, then it’s brush with insolvency could end up becoming just a minor blip in company history.

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Gumpert’s Future is Safe

The maker of the Bugatti-killer is finally safe and secure, for now. This comes as good news for Gumpert fans who have been worried since August 2012 when the brand filed for insolvency. Over the past few weeks, several investors have been engaging in talks with the brand’s curator. The curator had many discussions with these parties offering a solution to the financial problems. They announced today that the outcome of the held discussions was to continue investing in the struggling sports car manufacturer, therefore keeping it’s future secured.

The final decision on the future ownership of the manufacturer will be made this week. This particular investor will decide its future, which will affect the brand Gumpert and the continuation of its Apollo model line up.

Though sources report that Gumpert has chosen the new, mysterious investor, they haven’t released any official statement about it yet. This suggests that Gumpert has only met with the investor, but has yet to sign any official documents.

We will keep a close eye on this deal in the meanwhile. Updates shall be posted once the official statement is made.

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Gumpert files for insolvency amidst supply-demand issues

The phrase ’filing for insolvency’ has been been thrown around a lot in the past couple of weeks. It wasn’t long ago that Melkus filed for insolvency amidst lagging sales that have effectively torpedoed their standing in the industry. It certainly didn’t help that they overpriced themselves out of the market, but that’s a story for another time.

What is the story, at least the latest one involving insolvency proceedings, is Gumpert’s decision to follow in the footsteps of Melkus in its home country, citing - you guessed it - the company’s failure to balance the supply of their cars with the demands of it, particularly in the Chinese market.

Now before you start crying for Gumpert’s demise, their move to apply for insolvency isn’t considered a death knell for the company. Rather, it gives them an opportunity to restructure their business in order for them to be able to cope with the demands of the market.

There’s still a chance that Gumpert can get back on its feet, something Görge Scheid, the attorney tapped to handle the company’s insolvency case, alluded to in a statement to the media. Not much was divulged by the official announcement, but the company did acknowledge that they’ve been aggressive in looking for potential new investors for the company. It’s a move that could potential infuse some new life to Gumpert and restore its place in the business as one of the most popular niche supercar makers in the world.

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Video: Rare Gumpert Apollo crashes at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Video: Rare Gumpert Apollo crashes at Goodwood Festival of Speed

With the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed well under way and the fact that million dollar supercars race up the short hillclimb seemingly continually throughout each and every day of the event, it was only a matter of time before Goodwood’s first 2012 crash occurred.

Rather than it being a cheap-to-repair hot hatch, the car involved in this serious incident was none other than an ultra-rare Gumpert Apollo in the closing meters of the hillclimb. The crash was captured on film, and the above video displays the true severity of the crash in which both the driver and passenger suffered minor injuries.

No official cause for the crash has been identified thus far, but it seems pretty obvious to us that the driver went into the left-handed bend with a little too much speed which prompted the rear-end to step out, resulting in the car sliding uncontrollably into the hay barrier.

Fortunately, this relatively soft crash barrier would have helped reduce the impact of the crash, while the Apollo’s carbon fiber monocoque undoubtedly played a role in protecting both occupants.

A commenter on Shmee150’s blog has claimed that the female passenger was stuck in the car for upwards of an hour before being admitted to hospital for no less than 5 hours with bruises.

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2012 Gumpert Apollo Enraged

2012 Gumpert Apollo Enraged

A super secretive Gumpert model was headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and when the wraps came off, onlookers were made privy to the luscious, new Apollo R and a scintillating special edition, the Apollo Enraged. The Apollo Enraged not only succeeded in being kept a secret until only a day before Geneva, but it will also succeed at being one of the most exclusive (the sole Aventador J takes the cake on exclusivity) with only three units being produced of the super car.

The new Apollo Enraged is powered by a 4.2 liter V8 twin-turbo engine that delivers a total of 780 HP and a peak torque of 678 lb-ft. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in just 8.7 seconds. Take that, Mr. Exclusive Aventador J!

The car is a mixture of aluminum and carbon fiber with Vortex generators, a carbon rear wing, and carbon louvers for wheel ventilation. It also features an F1-style airbox, an air lift system, LED daytime running lights, and a new set of aluminum alloy wheels with center locking and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The interior receives a flag design embroidery on the seats and headrests, and a digital LCD instrument panel.

"Even though the Apollo Enraged is street legal, it nevertheless carries the racing sports genes of the Apollo R," is how Roland Gumpert describes the limited special edition. "Ok, so perhaps it is a bit crazy to take the most extreme, barely still street legal vehicle and make it even more extreme. But the idea behind the Enraged, just like the Apollo R itself, embodies our philosophy and our understanding of pure German speed with absolute consistency."

UPDATE 03/08/2012: Check out the new set of live images from the car’s official debut in Geneva!

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