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Gumpert Apollo Sport sets Nurburgring lap record

Apollo Sport breaks road car record with a 7m11.57s lap time around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track

The Gumpert Apollo Sport has set a new lap record for a road-legal production car at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track as timed and reported by German magazine Sport-Auto.

The Audi-powered Apollo Sport was piloted by 26 year-old driver Florian Gruber on August 13th as the record time of exactly 7m11.57s was set. According to Sport-Auto the record was previously held by Michael Düchting clocking in 7m14.89s on a Donkervoort D8 RS06 in November 2005.  However, if our memory serves correctly, wasn't it the Radical SR8 in road legal trim that clocked 6m55s?

The 700 hp of the car is provided by a 4.2 liter, bi-turbo V8 engine supplied by Audi. It propels the Gumpert Apollo from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.9 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 360 km/h.

Roland Gumpert, a former VW executive, started Gumpert back in 2004 in order to create track-ready and track-worthy supercars that were also street legal.

Road tests for the Apollo Sport are scheduled for mid-September. A release date has not yet been announced.

 

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Comments (34)

 EH? EH?
its an insanely quick car
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August 19, 2009 11:59 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
here is the video of that lap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIXK3vsiL...
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August 19, 2009 11:15 pm
 contact_edward contact_edward
Scratchy, engineering limits? I doubt it. But the fallacy is not in the car itself, but the fact that the car is marketed as a useable street machine (equal and comparable to the other supercars of today). It is not comparable. If it were, I guess Ferrari, Lambo, Porsche, etc. wasted millions upon millions developing their cars. Oh, small companies? I guess Pagani has been wasting their time too.
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August 19, 2009 6:28 pm
 GHERNAS GHERNAS
it need to survive!!
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August 19, 2009 12:25 pm
 moodyaaa moodyaaa
i agree ,, i think u can hardly ride it in normal roads. but am impressived !! big numbers.
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August 19, 2009 1:40 am
 dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
That's not even the R! Imagine how fast the version with 800bhp would go.
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August 19, 2009 1:33 am
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
Roland Gumpert = Ex-Audi-motorsports-head and chief engineer
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August 18, 2009 10:25 pm
 HEMI426 HEMI426
You can hardly call this a road car
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August 18, 2009 9:26 pm
 benzboy benzboy
I find these cars funny and rediculous. When you get to a certain age or achieve some sort of finacial success, whatever, you dont need to prove anything to anyone, you know what you can and your car can do. Let the morons who have to prove something to someone or themselves take the stupid risks. I'll just keep movin along in my SL 63 and be totally content with it.
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August 18, 2009 8:53 pm
 carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
yup usually the ugly cars are the fastest cars around haha.
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August 18, 2009 7:57 pm
 nickmini nickmini
This thing is as ugly and quick as hell.
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August 18, 2009 7:48 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
The GUMPERT in one word: HARDCORE
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August 18, 2009 6:19 pm
 Swifty Swifty
@vertigobike many people die trying set their best lap on Nur! before you enter Nur you sign up somekind of deal that if you die this is your guilt! aproximately 12 people die per year in Nur! so there won't be changed nothing! bye
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August 18, 2009 5:11 pm
 vertigobike vertigobike
I think this record-setting races on Nurburgring will end when someone dies :-( Who the hell cares if car X is faster some seconds than car Y? Will you really buy a supercar just for this?... c' mon! Obrigado
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August 18, 2009 5:02 pm
 GRAVE GRAVE
Impressive, around 12 second faster than the ZR1!
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August 18, 2009 5:01 pm
 scratchy996 scratchy996
no surprise there. the Radical RS8 is faster but i think it isn't street legal in all of Europe.
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August 18, 2009 5:00 pm
 Citizen_Cake Citizen_Cake
Shame it can't run fast enough away from its own looks.
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August 18, 2009 4:59 pm