GUMPERT sports car manufacturer GmbH Altenburg , Germany From 2005 on
The Gumpert sports car manufacturer GmbH is a former sports car manufacturer based in Altenburg, Thuringia .
The manufactory was created by the cooperation of the car tuner MTM - Motoren Technik Mayer and the racing car supplier Nitec Engineering . The goal was to develop a racing car for the road. The project started in 2002; At the end of the year there was the first model.The production of the first production car of the sports car manufacturer was supposed to start in autumn 2004, but there were technical and financial problems. Only after new partners had been found and the company was renamed Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur , the production of the Apollo started . First, the sale was exclusively through the headquarters in Altenburg, from 2007, the concept is implemented and since then built up a dealer network.
In 2011, the sports car manufacturer presented the Gumpert Tornante at the Geneva Motor Show . The concept car should serve as the basis for another model besides the Apollo. The start of production was planned for 2012, but the development was discontinued after the desired customer response did not materialize. While Gumpert's insolvency proceedings continued and even production ceased in June 2013, GSM Gumpert, led by Roland Gumpert, developed the Gumpert Explosion. To the Geneva Motor Show In 2014, both companies presented the new Gumpert Explosion model under the Gumpert brand . It was also announced that the production of the Apollo in Altenburg should restart after a facelift of the car; Marketing Director Harald Schlegel commented at the show that Gumpert Tornante 2015 was also to be produced.
Already during the development work drove a prototype of the Apollos in March 2005 at the Divinol Cup at the Hockenheimring straight away in third place.
For the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2008, Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Dirk Müller , Marcel Engels and Dominik Schwager started with an Apollo. The engine used was a newly developed hybrid engine. In addition to a 3.3-liter V8 Biturbo with 382 kW (520 hp), the Apollo still had a 100 kW electric motor. However, the vehicle had to fight throughout the race with gearbox problems.
The aim of the Gumpert sports car factory was to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans .However, on March 21, 2014, the insolvency administrator Görge Scheid announced the sale of the Gumpert sports car manufacturer and its rights to the models Apollo and Tornante to a foreign investor. This separated the paths of the two companies. It was also the end of sports car production in Altenburg. As the investor intended to relocate Gumpert's headquarters and production, GSM Gumpert also announced that the explosion would be produced in Neustadt an der Donau under the GSM Gumpert brand starting in 2014 . For both companies, the production never went on but was instead the end of 2015 announced that an investor from Hong Kong had bought the rights to the sports car manufacturer.
In Altenburg was both the headquarters and the production site of the Apollo. The sports car manufacturer was located in a part of a former sewing machine factory in the industrial park Alte Fabrik . The production was located on the first floor of the building. This was possible because the building is on a slope and thus the first floor at the back of the building is at ground level. The production line was designed for about 60 vehicles per year. Many parts of the Apollo were prefabricated by suppliers. In Altenburg the tubular frame was produced and all parts were assembled. Test drives of the Apollo were carried out at the Leipzig-Altenburg Airport . In Ingolstadt was also a branch of the sports car manufacturer.
The emblem shows a white griffin on a red background. According to Gumpert, the griffin combines the speed of the eagle and the strength of the lion, qualities that are also associated with the sports car. The whole thing is framed by a golden border with the name Gumpert at the top. In the first prototype, the emblem was kept in a different color. So the griffin was yellow and was on a dark green background. The framing had the same yellow as the griffin.
The Chinese consortium Ideal Team Venture, which had bought the rights then founded the Apollo Automobil Ltd. based in Hong Kong and the German subsidiary Apollo Automobil GmbH, headquartered in Denkendorf , Bavaria , whose managing director was Roland Gumpert. This disappeared the brand Gumpert, the Gumpert Apollo should now be sold under the name Apollo N. Originally, the production of Apollos should restart in 2016. At the Geneva Motor Show 2016, the new supercar Apollo Arrow was also presented. However, in the same year Roland Gumpert left the company and the start of the production of the Arrows and Apollo N were put on hold. Instead, the company introduced the Apollo IE in October 2017in front. It was developed and built on behalf of Apollo Automobil by the Italian company Manifattura Automobili Torino.
The company has since focused on the development of sports cars with alternative propulsion technologies, such as the RG Nathalie with methanol fuel cell technology introduced in 2018 at the Beijing Auto Show .