Hybrid Gumpert to Race at 24 Hours Nurnburgring

Black Gumpert Apollo at Geneva Motor Show
Black Gumpert Apollo at Geneva Motor Show

Driven by Heinz-Harald Frentzen

A green car for the Green Hell, Gumpert will be entering an electric-petrol hybrid race car into the next 24 Hours Nurnburgring this May. The race car is based on the Gumpert Apollo and will be piloted by ex-Formula 1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Dirk Muller.

The Hybrid Apollo uses both an 100 kW electric motor and a 3.3 liter V8 bi-turbo petrol engine and produces 630 hp. The electric motor will be recharged when the car brakes. On its maiden race, the hybrid-concept will be taking on race cars like the Porsche 911 GT3, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, BMW Z4 and Chevrolet Corvette.

Gumpert is fully aware of the 2009 Formula 1 rule that teams must use hybrid engines and has therefor formed a team around the former F1 driver Frentzen. “Motorsports can not ignore the necessity to save energy. I see a chance that our sport will go back to the forefront of technical development, making cars outside of the ractrack much more energy efficient,” said Frentzen.

The 24 Hours Nurburgring will take place on 24 - 25 May 2008.

Source: Gumpert
Published Apr 23rd, 2008 6:48pm By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen

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xLumino xLumino
"...as fast as possible..." and you are welcome to use all ressources for the best power and torque... glad to see a Altenburg-Team in Green Hell ;) Good luck to Gumpert
Apr 26th, 2008 1:05am
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
i hope this "envonmentally friendlly motorsport" idea would NEVER catch on... motorsport is about going as fast as possiabe, no as green as possiabe, c'z its no good...and as far as i know there are no gay, vegiterian racing drivers(there are in motorbike racing though, which is good c'z they kill them selves sooner)
Apr 25th, 2008 1:03am
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joelynn joelynn
I hope you are making that last statement ironically... I wish people wouldn't think that speed and environmental friendliness are mutually exclusive- electric cars accelerate quicker than normal cars, hybrids boost performance... come on, the future of fast cars is hybrid or electric, not a 7 litre V8.
Apr 25th, 2008 11:11pm
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scuderia7 scuderia7
dude if going as fast as possible was the case then they wouldn't have regulations in formula 1 or any motorsport at all
Jul 9th, 2008 1:12am
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artman101 artman101
so uhh how much for this apollo? $300,000 $400,000 maybe even 500,000 yeah that sound about right. this by far is the most expencive hybrid ever
Apr 24th, 2008 2:28pm
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
yes and no, with battery systems the industry leaders of hybrid technology are only able to recapture 30% of the braking energy. This is due to inefficiencies in the generation of electricity, storing of electricity, and final electric drive losses. In a well funded race scenario after years of research I suspect this number to hit at least 50%. Hydraulic launch assist is 60% efficient, and is only really effective in stop go situations like racing. Whichever team adopts this tech will be light years ahead with respect to hybrid tech.
Apr 24th, 2008 8:17am
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
damn... the amount of energy that recharges the batteries are going to be out of this world... i mean the amount of braking that goes on in races... which gets used to recharge the batteries... interesting lol
Apr 24th, 2008 7:26am
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joelynn joelynn
Hybrid is the (temporary) future and everyone knows motorsports speed up development so i think Hybrid race cars are a great idea
Apr 24th, 2008 7:01am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
It's going to be interesting to see how hybrids fair in a race type situation. Or how long it is going to be before they incorporate hydraulic launch assist into race cars.
Apr 24th, 2008 5:22am
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greenacre greenacre
what would be the price of this 'audi' driven beast
Apr 24th, 2008 12:29am
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Penner Penner
god-damn awesome!
Apr 23rd, 2008 11:55pm
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