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Gumpert Apollo Speed prototype spotted at the 'Ring

 Gumpert Apollo Speed prototype spotted at the Ring
Modified Gumpert Apollo Sport spotted at Nurburgring / SB-Medien

Some new spy photos captured what looks like a Gumpert Apollo Speed test mule using the body of the Apollo Sport.  We do see some changes to the body, but not enough to make us believe this is a revised Sport.

Gumpert was founded in 2004 by Roland Gumpert, a proponent of street-legal, track-ready cars.  After returning to Germany from China, where he had worked as an executive for Volkswagen, he recruited two universities and a small staff to build the first Apollo prototype.  Known for their abilitity to quickly develop their vehicles, the Apollo made its race debut at the 2005 Divinol Cup, where it took third.  Since, they have released other versions for public sale, including the Gumpert Apollo Race, Gumpert Apollo Speed, and Gumpert Apollo Sport.  A hybrid model was also built for the 2008 24 Hours Nurburgring.

First shown in production form at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, the Apollo Sport goes 0-100 km/h in about three seconds.  This stellar performance is mainly due to the combination of an 800 horsepower bi-turbo V8 engine, impressive aerodynamic body work, and a total weight of just 1200 kg.  Top speed is listed at 360 km/h on the car.

Not to be shown up by its brother, the Apollo Speed also crushes the 0-100 km/h time with a 3.0 second time, arriving at 200 km/h in under nine seconds.  It was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show with a more aggressive look, due in part to its shortened height of 1.1 meters.  The car has visual modifications, and an underbody built from a composite of carbon and aluminum.

These photos show a vehicle with a new roof air intake.  Split side paneling is now contiguous, like on the Apollo Speed.  The giant rear wing has been available on the Apollo lineup for quite some time, but we have never seen it on the Speed.  One photo shows the prototype parked back to back with what appears to be another Apollo dressed in the same two-tone color scheme as the Speed debut vehicle, however, the tailamp cluster belongs to the Sport.

We always like to see the Gumpert Apollo setup at the Geneva Motor Show, and we're sure they will bring something interesting in 2010.  However, we want to know if they will be bringing a new introduction to Frankfurt in September.  Let us know what you think below.

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rac
The king of the ring. 7:11.57 min!
Aug 19, 2009 3:04 pm
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aestival
McLarenF1 + Pagani + Dauer IN A BAD WAY
Jul 2, 2009 4:22 pm
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toubib
talking about the Frankfurt show and supercar .... visit www.httsupercar.com, it says that they will launch world premier at the show
Jul 2, 2009 11:35 am
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ARF
It's ugly.. but quick..
Jul 2, 2009 8:31 am
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Dolomight 74-86
Ugly or not, when its at speed it'll just be a yellow blur anyway. So who cares if its ugly enough to give my niece nightmares. Its a time attack car, point final.
Jul 2, 2009 7:24 am
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Prince_Ash
i think it looks nice, but im more impressed with its speed and control.
Jul 2, 2009 6:14 am
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steelerfan2009
scratchy is right they didnt care what it looked like when they built it as long as it served its purpose and it does!!!
Jul 2, 2009 3:48 am
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Get_real
This car is simply too UGLY!!! Don't care how fast it is.
Jul 1, 2009 11:43 pm
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scratchy996
that's a purpose built tool, it's not meant to look pretty, that's the beauty of it.
Jul 2, 2009 1:18 am
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Joe_Limon
I dunno, I think it's gorgeous. While other super car's try to get a smooth flowing look this is one of the few truly unique super cars that sticks a middle finger up at conventional aesthetics.
Jul 2, 2009 3:08 am
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cyclist848
Ugly?!!! this car is the dream car of my childhood! It looks like a spaceship. Bold, ridiculous lines and great speed. What could be better?
Jul 2, 2009 8:00 am
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Get_real
It's funny how some car makers have so much 'credit' while others can never do anything good style wise. The fact that it is fast (no argument there) is no excuse for being so ugly. It as if they did it deliberately. Even pure racecars (I mean not intended for any road use) are rarely as ugly as this. Off all the latest supercars from big and small car makers, this is by far the ugliest. Koenigsegg for example is so pure and clean and you can arguably call it slow. I'm very curious to see sales numbers comparison for all those supercars of the last 5 years, especially the ones by 'marginal' (not in the sense of capable) makers...
Jul 2, 2009 1:50 pm
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scratchy996
@ Get_real, "as if they did it deliberately" it wasn't their decision, it's pure downforce maths that created this form. they didn't put in any effort to make it look good, it's pure engineering and that makes it beautiful in every driving enthusiast's eyes. get another car for your posing-in-front-of-the-club needs. the Apollo is built for thrills on the track.
Jul 2, 2009 6:21 pm
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Get_real
Well scratchy, you completely missed my point. I'm a driving enthusiast. That doesn't mean I have to take butt-ugly looks. Acceptable looks and stellar performance are not mutually exclusive! There are plenty examples... Do you really think this 'thing' beats everything else on the market too such an extent that they are excused to make it so ugly??
Jul 2, 2009 11:29 pm
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scratchy996
a driving enthusiast cares about driving, not fashion or looks or whatever. looks are subjective anyway, i think this car's "nonchalant ugliness" makes it look way cooler than any other car on this planet. you think this car is ugly, that's your opinion and you're entitled to it.
Jul 3, 2009 2:48 pm
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Bremen_Koenigsegg
It really is the automotive equivalent of a Lego person.
Jul 1, 2009 8:37 pm
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daviepops
ROFL at the lego reference or maybe it's Gumby's new car (the name is 100% in sync lol) ... this beast is just pig UGLY ... seeing this article and the JOSS on the same day presents two options with very similar performance at completely opposite ends of the design spectrum ... Joss = 10 while Gumbert = 2
Jul 2, 2009 1:34 pm
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