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Autoart Gumpert Apollo

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Let’s face it: with a name like Gumpert, it’s hard to take a car too seriously. You sort of suspect it will come with a box of chocolates.

But the Gumpert Apollo S deserves respect. It’s a rocket of a supercar, developed by the likes of an ex-Audi engineer who knows a thing or three about high-speed, low-drag sports cars.

Autoart deserves some credit, too, for creating a 1/18 version of a car with about as much name recognition as you or I would have if we ran for political office. And credit them for painting the review car a brilliant metallic orange that will add a bit of fireworks to any collection. This Gumpert Apollo is a supersonic pumpkin on wheels.

The History
Roland Gumpert had worked for Audi-VW before he and Roland Mayer started Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur in Altenburg, Germany. Along with Marco Vanetta, they designed two scissor-doored prototypes that were introduced in 2005.

That same year, the Apollo hit the racing circuits in Europe and scored a third at Hockenheim. By 2008, a hybrid version was racing at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in Germany.

The Apollo, the makers say, is a street-legal midengine race car – a two-seater that tips the scales at just 2,400 lb. It boasts three engine choices, all based on an Audi V-8. These are biturbos that crank between 650 and 790 horsepower and deliver a top speed of nearly 225 mph. Those turbos give it great torque and acceleration times: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds.

That’s quick! In fact, the BBC’s popular Top Gear TV show a Gumpert Apollo set a track record, beating Bugatti’s Veyron and Pagani’s Zonda.

The rear-drive supercar rides on a tubular chromoly frame, with fiberglass or carbon-fiber body, depending on what’s ordered. Naturally, these are all hand-built. The Apollo rides on a 110-inch wheelbase and is just 43.9 inches tall.
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The Model
Yes, the Autoart model is beautiful because of its paint job alone, but there is considerable detail here too.

Start with the parts count; that always gives some indication of the quality. This one has 479 parts, of which 211 are metal and 38 are photoetched. Each model gets 131 freehand sprays to give it a thick, glossy coat too. This is well beyond toy-quality finishes.

Autoart is generous with its black mesh grillework and carbon-fiber-look underpinnings below the easily-removed nose section. Taking that portion off allows the collector to see three jewellike headlights and orange hoses that collect air for the massive disc brakes, which are easily visible behind the racy black-spoked wheels with anodized blue center mounting nuts.

Raising the rear bonnet to see the engine requires loosening a couple of screws and then propping up the bodywork with a special strut. Makes for a dramatic pose, and you can see the plumbing and wiring. I like the carbon-fiber-look giant rear wing here too, and the diffuser on the car’s rear lower lip.

There’s more of the black carbon-fiber on the giant air scoop mounted on the roof, and more black mesh grillework around the quad exhaust pipes and in air vents fore and aft of the scalloped area that cuts into the Apollo’s sides.

The Gumpert’s interior looks fine with the gullwing doors open, but close inspection shows a gray hard-plastic dash and seats that look very much like plastic because of their smooth texture. But there’s a shifter and black racing seatbelts to give it a more-finished appearance.

It’s hard not to like a beautiful low-slung supercar in metallic orange, and with all the detailing this Gumpert Apollo offers. If you’re a supercar collector, this is an unusual model of a rare racer.

Vital Stats
Product: Gumpert Apollo S (orange)
Maker: Autoart
Scale: 1/18
Stock No.: 71302
MSRP: $232.90
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