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Gumpert Apollo Sport at the Nurburgring - Click above for high-res image gallery
Porsche GT2? Get lost. Godzilla? Scram. Corvette ZR1? Take a hike. Dodge Viper ACR? Nothing but a big sissy. There's a new sheriff in Nordschleifeland and its name is Apollo, Gumpert Apollo. Actually, the proper name is Gumpert Apollo Sport, and on August 13, one piloted by a 26-year-old named Florian Gruber ran around the Nurburgring in 7:11:57, shattering all the other production car "records" by eleven seconds or more. Dang, right?

What makes the Apollo sport so fraggin' fast you ask? How does a 700-hp, twin-turbo'd Audi 4.2-liter FSI V8 strike you? Makes a bit more sense suddenly that little David here was able to chop down all those Goliaths, right? Anyhow, hats off to Mr. Gruber, Mr. Gumpert and the rest of the crew. Here's hoping that one day some sort of governing body sanctions 'Ring times. And we won't say a word to Radical and their "record."

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      • 6 Years Ago
      So for $75,000 I can buy a car that is 99% faster and better handling than all the other cars out there and will carry 4 people and I can drive it and park it without being scared to death something will happen to it.
      I will take the GTR thank you.
      Cars like the Gumpert are for show at the club so if you are looking for a car like that you would do better to buy a Lamborghini or Ferrari.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Apollo is fr real drivers who know a way to the race track that has no speed bumps or pot holes. Ascari A-10 is the real deal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the Apollo is for real drivers, not for show. you need a "pretty" car for show.

        you can drive the GT-R fast , but it's really the computer driving the car. the Apollo is for really good drivers. An average driver would do pretty fast laps in a GT-R and the value of the car is phenomenal, but someone who likes pure driving (and has the cash) would chose the Apollo... or a Veritas, Ascari A10, Caparo T1, GT3-RS, you get the idea. A serious driver but with less cash will chose a Lotus, Caterham, Ariel Atom, even a base Corvette over a GT-R.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fanboys and haters are equally irritating. It wouldn't be so bad if they had any idea what they were talking about.

        Good luck finding a GT-R for $75k. Most dealers aren't trying to gouge anymore, but GT-Rs don't start in the 70's. Also, unless the four people you mention are smurfs, there is no way you will get them in a GT-R. I'm 5'10" - when I'm driving my GT-R the seatback is within an inch of the rear seat the thigh cushion. I've had 2 passengers with me before, but one was about 5'8" and had his knees plastered to the dash, and the one in the back was all of 5'1".
        I don't know that I'm ever scared to death that anything will happen to my car, but I certainly do think about the area of town I'm travelling to before I select the GT-R (or the Z06).

        I hate to burst your bubble, but the Apollo is an expensive toy. Definitely, some will end up in the hands of the "real drivers" you mention - but many will not. Some d-bags may even buy it solely based on it's n-ring or TG lap times. Several of these are destined to rot in an immaculate garage flanked by other magnificent cars.

        I'm pretty sure you have never driven a GT-R... if you had, you might realize that the computer does not drive for you. I'm one of the "serious drivers" that you mention. I have a Z06 and a GT-R. Neither car drives for me, and both cars are dangerous and fun at the limit. Both require your full concentration when driving at 9/10 or 10/10s. Oh, and I've been driving competitively for about 15 years (currently SCCA, region 32).

        "Serious drivers" have a habit of driving whatever they want. If you ever interested in actually SEEING some of the drivers you are talking about, you will see us driving everything from old 911s to Porsche 914s to Neons to Miatas to fake Cobras... and even GT-Rs. Track toy cars are definitely around, but they're not as common as you seem to think they are.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The caparo T1 itself is no street legal production car, u can buy a single vehicle approval kit and modify it, but after that it is (like the radical) still only street legal in the UK:


      `Single Vehicle Approval kits can be fitted to the T1 to allow it to be driven to track events.`

      • 6 Years Ago
      The point is that the GT-R and the ZR-1 and the 911 are all cars you could stand driving every day… I’m not so sure about this one though…
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has an F1 car lapped the ring?
      • 6 Years Ago
      when they get onboard video.then i'll believe it
      • 6 Years Ago
      It has a certain Iron Man-esque look to it if you turn you head just right.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Every time I see the words "production car lap record" in print with regards to yet another 'Ring time, it makes me laugh. When is this joke going to stop? When are people going to say enough BS already?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've always loved this car. Sure, it looks very unique.... but it's unique in a very supercar type of way. Not the usual "oh, it has sleek lines, look" sort of deal... but a "Wow, I have to fuel this car with endangered owls" type of way, like a Diablo. And it's really freakin fast to boot, not one of those "400hp V8" deals.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more, regarding the 'fueled by endangered owls'-comment.. LMAO.
        This car is certainly a beast, and in every way..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Massive amount of power and all but a race car, I'm not that impressed. We know its its a well designed and tuned car since top gear had an Apollo but "production" is about as close as you can get to comparing it with those other cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        what about the Viper ACR, Maserati MC12, Zonda F, Ferrari Enzo then ? what do those cars have that the Apollo doesn't ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how fast a modern f1 car would go around that track. and give every other car a proper benchmark....
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's one awesome super car! Love it.
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