Most hydrogen is currently produced from fossil fuels which ‘fart’ CO2 in vast quantities during production. Apollo Automobil (previously known as Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur) is a German sports car manufacturer headquartered in Denkendorf.Roland Gumpert, who founded Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur in 2004, once held the position of director of Audi Sport. Finally two prototype cars were constructed. Local CO2 emissions are not the issue! From Welsh forests to Kenyan plains, these things bossed the planet’s B-roads. [3][6] The production of the Apollo started in October 2005. The car we have here is Röhrl’s actual S1 E2 from 1985, an evolution of the original quattro, with a shorter wheelbase and more power. Roland Gumpert spent 35 years with Audi; he will never completely forsake the four rings. Gumpert hopes the Nathalie will usher in the age of the methanol fuel cell EV. 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[9][10], In January 2016, the company was purchased by Hong Kong consortium Ideal Team Venture which is also owner of the De Tomaso marque. In the arms race that followed, the company blew everyone away with its stash of four-wheel drive and monster turbos. Roland Gumpert, who founded Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur in 2004, once held the position of director of Audi Sport. Please read Top Gear’s code of conduct (link below) before posting. Gumpert continued with the development of the car now called the Apollo, along with the Technical University of Munich and the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences. “You could say this is a state-of-the-art Group B car,” he says. There's no reason not to do this. Looking uncomfortably close to a tricked-up Nissan GT-R, the Nathalie is a 2-door sports coupé with an electric motor at each wheel, a top power spec of 600 kW (800 hp) and a top speed in excess of 190 mph (306 km/h). See the stories that matter in your inbox every morning. I couldn’t breathe in certain corners because of the g forces…”. The 800-horsepower, all … On July 27, 2008, an Apollo Sport was featured on the UK automotive show Top Gear. All they needed was a way to show the public that it worked…, This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine. Pardon our cynicism, but there are a few questionable items here. The Intensa Emozione is built in collaboration with HWA AG, the same company involved in the construction of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR. It's got a chrome-moly tube frame, a carbon chassis, and plenty of aerodynamic bits for downforce. Each will cost €407,000 without taxes or transportation fees and deliveries will begin in the first half of 2021. Even at a cruise, I find it difficult to believe the Nathalie would maintain 70 mph with a 5-kilowatt power output, so a 5-kilowatt trickle charge likely won't even stop the battery from going flat on the highway. Defunct companies and marques above are shown in, "Dream on ...(Audi Sport the production version of Apollo supercar)", "Apollo Arrow rises from Gumpert's ashes with 1,000 hp", "Apollo Founder Roland Gumpert "Decommissioned" From The Company He Created", "Apollo Automobil Partners With Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Creator HWA to Finish the IE Hypercar", "Gumpert Getting Back On Its Feet, As Apollo Orders Trickle In", German Association of the Automotive Industry, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Apollo_Automobil&oldid=980235543, Defunct motor vehicle manufacturers of Germany, Vehicle manufacturing companies established in 2004, Vehicle manufacturing companies disestablished in 2013, Articles with dead external links from September 2010, Articles with dead external links from June 2016, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Apollo Germany Limited (paints and repairs), ATS Group (development and production of wheels), Bosch Group (automobile components and systems, including, KBF Kabelbaumfertigung (the Apollo's cabling, measuring 4.2 km), Evolution MotorSports (US development partner and distribution), GTE Engineering (development and production of kevlar clutch facing), HWA AG (development and final details for the Intensa Emozione), This page was last edited on 25 September 2020, at 10:46. But by the time it came along, Audi’s rivals had begun to catch up. Methanol is a very good way to handle and store energy for fuel-cells. But despite its short life, it’s been mourned ever since. Methanol, says Gumpert, is a third the price of petrol, a ton easier to handle than hydrogen, and allows you to fill your car up in about three minutes to achieve an impressive range of around 530 miles (850-odd km) on a tank if you stick to around 50 miles per hour. Just ask current world rallyist Kris Meeke, who drove the T16 for us last year. If you use an array of these higher strength Permanent Magnets' Generators to recharge your high energy & power batteries to propel your most efficient best VTOL Electric Jets Light Aircraft, Drone & BEV on go, as these flying Electric VTOL Jets could have gotten a much far longer range capabilities without needing to recharge at shorter range interval travel rightly, positively, truely & surely ok? Hydrogen, for all its many faults, at least doesn't fart carbon into the atmosphere. Like hydrogen, methanol can be manufactured from natural gas or coal, but can also be efficiently produced from biomass. Maybe because it died so young. Gumpert isn't satisfied with either of these options, and wishes to put forth an alternative. But his bosses liked it, and it wasn’t long before the quattro was born. Cripes! Methanol is actually a way of safely carrying hydrogen, but can be used directly in some fuel cells. The Nathalie electric supercar uses a methanol fuel cell as a range extender, The Nathalie's interior: not quite as nice as it looks in the press shots, The Nathalie Race made its debut in Geneva, The Nathalie's interior and touch screens, Roland Gumpert's Nathalie in side profile.

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