• Apr 23rd 2008 at 6:32PM
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Click to view more of the Gumpert Apollo in hi-res

Gumpert intends to give new meaning to the term "the green hell", the nickname given by race drivers to the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife. The German supercar-maker has announced that it will be racing at the 24-hour endurance race there next month with a race-prepped hybrid version of its Apollo supercar.

To supplement the 630-hp Audi-sourced twin-turbo V8, Gumpert will employ a 100kW electric motor recharged by captured brake energy. The system is similar to the KERS mechanism being phased into Formula One, and to highlight the F1 connection (and hopefully score some points in the process), Gumpert has solicited the services of former F1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who will share driving duties with veteran endurance sportscar racer Dirk Müller.

Check out the images in the high-resolution gallery below and the press release after the jump.

[Source: Gumpert]


Hybrid Gumpert to Race at 24 Hours Nurnburgring
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.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      To bad the Nurburgring doesnt have many hard braking zones... 12 hours of Sebring and especially LeMan's with those damn Chicanes would be quite nice for it Iam sure. Please join the ALMS guys!
      • 7 Years Ago
      p.s. I wish Corvette would do something Hybrid, not like they wont win their class still ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it me, or does this look like something straight out of Burnout Takedown?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now there's a proper supercar. That Keating SLR (or POS or whatever) looks downright archaic in front of this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Supra (I mean LF-A) was enough for me to want to keep track of this race. This is definitely sweetening the deal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Zane - I can't even find words for a sweetie like this. 630hp? Way more than super-car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In which way can it be similar to KERS, being the F1 system strictly mechanical, based on a flywheel, while the Gumpert is an electrical/explosion hybrid?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Same thing I was wondering....

        If anything maybe similar to the Supra HV-R ?