Three years after Gumpert, the car company once owned by and named for former director of Audi Sport Roland Gumpert, filed for bankruptcy, a group of Hong Kong investors has revived the brand, giving it a clean and cool new name: Apollo.
And, now, Apollo’s concept car, the Arrow – a 1,000-horsepower, brightly coloured beauty introduced at the Geneva auto show last March – is set for production.
The road-going Apollo Arrow S features a tubular space frame, a carbon fibre monocoque and a body whose look and feel is fierce, fast and veritably aquiline. But what really has us revved up is the engine: a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-litre V8 based on the latest German technology and tuned to each customer’s desires. When maxed out, the Arrow promises speeds of up to 360 kilometres per hour and 986 horsepower.
This, mind you, is for the street legal version of the car. The track car, dubbed Titan, raises the stakes just a bit with a naturally-aspirated V12.
Both cars will be produced by Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT). This is thanks to Apollo’s partnership with Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, the brand owned by former filmmaker James Glickenhaus that builds bespoke, one-off racing cars – news that should capture any gearhead’s attention.
Considering the link, it should come as no surprise that the chassis technology used in Glickenhaus’ SCG 003 reportedly will be incorporated into both the Arrow and Titan, too.
When the Arrow S will hit the streets is still unknown. The Titan, on the other hand, is expected to be unveiled in early 2017, with its first real test to come at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later in the year.
Here’s one more fun fact for you: the Arrow will be both street legal and FIA-approved. Buckle your seatbelts.