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2018 Gumpert Apollo Intensa Emozione

The Apollo IE marks the return to the truest, most organic form of the hyper-car. Created from a blank sheet of paper, the IE is the beginning of the next chapter of Apollo. Our flagship hyper-car that represents the ethos of the brand.

From the beginning, our team set out to build a car that is lightweight, aerodynamically efficient and connected, but unimpeded by any emotionally dilutive technological systems. During the course of achieving this goal we poured in heart and soul, sweat and tears. The journey itself was intensely emotional.

The IE is a superleggera that combines the aerodynamic efficiency and mechanical grip of a modern GT1/GT3/LMP race car wîth the classical thrill of a high-revving naturally aspirated V12. This car has an organic granularity that other modern hyper-cars strive for, but are unable to deliver. All this while featuring a modern, intensively striking design language that symbolizes the brand.

This is a car that captures the lost emotion and fading spirit of the cars we grow up loving.
A car wîth its own soul. A car that provides the driver wîth modern, yet nostalgically pure, unadulterated sensory experience. A car that is fuel for the senses. A car that lives and breathes wîth intense emotion.

This is Intensa Emozione. This is the Apollo IE.

Vital Stats
Engine : 6.3 L., 12-cylinder
Power: 780 hp
Torque: 560 ft-lbs

6-speed Manual
Intensa Emozione | The Ethos of Apollo

Quite literally, 'Intensa Emozione' means intense emotion. These two simple words carry great significance – they are the backbone of everything we do, they describe the journey we trekked, they are the final product of our passion.

We want Apollo to be known as a brand wîth passion, ideal and demands. Not only have we built a hyper-car wîth world class performance, but we made certain that this machine is a true event to drive. Our intense emotions motivated and inspired us.

The Apollo IE embarks on a new chapter to ground an intensively striking design language that symbolizes the brand. Pushing the boundaries of design, engineering and extensive applications of exotic materials. The IE's radical body surfaces are sculpted for tremendous efficiency and highly optimized functionality, reflecting and inspired by tactile fighter jets to apex predators such as sharks and raptors.

The body of the IE narrates the language of the movement of airflow. The idea of the IE is to pierce through and manipulate the air around and also through the vehicle. The convergence of the body panels illustrates radical depth of surfaces and stunning continuity of the body lines. A narrow teardrop shaped glass house allows the IE to achieve its stunning, bold and balanced proportions. Acuate creases and exposed wheels facilitates precise streamlining of airflow whilst resulting in a lightweight appearance grounded by powerful stance. Structural supports such as the rear spine and wing mounts are designed in order to achieve and sustain over 1350 kgs of downforce.

Every part of the Apollo IE is designed for highly functional purposes wîth a radical approach on style. Prominent elements such as the striking shark like nose, distinctive side aero fins, large angled wing mounts and the trident exhausts, make it instantly recognizable as an Apollo.

From the early stages of this project we knew that we wanted and needed to remain true to our core. We wanted to create a modern chassis for the next-generation. Útilizing advanced technologies and composite materials we were able to create a state of the art, bespoke, all-carbon fibre chassis which allows for maximum torsional rigidity, safety and the ability to create a lightweight and aerodynamically efficient shape.

The chassis consists of not only a carbon monocoque, but also incorporates carbon fibre front and rear subframes. This has allowed us to create more organic surfaces and a tighter packaging, which in return has a positive correlation to its robust aerodynamic efficiency.
The entire chassis, including the monocoque, front and rear subframes has a total weight of a mere 105kg.

Safety remains the utmost importance to us and wîth that in mind nothing was sacrificed. The Apollo IE features bespoke carbon fiber front crash structures, which up until today, have usually been reserved for only the pinnacle of motorsports such as Formula One.


A partner of Apollo, Brembo has always delivered outstanding performance and remains at the top of its §egmènt. The IE uses a new Brembro carbon ceramic (CCM) system wîth 380×34 mm and a 6-piston caliper in the front and 380×34 mm, 4-piston caliper at the rear.

Michelin is our official tyre supplier and partner. We work together to help identify and develop the optimal tyres to extract maximum performances from the IE. The Michelin tyres pair well wîth the Apollo IE and allow the car to achieve lateral forces in excess of 2G.


The IE features Formula One inspired double wishbone wîth full push-rod and rocker arm architecture on both the front and rear, along wîth adjustable anti-roll bars. The dampers are provided by Bilstein and are adjustable by the driver in three modes (Comfort, Sport, Auto).

In addition, the design of the suspension and components selected allow for a personal tuning and modification for each client. We allow our clients the ability to develop their own bespoke suspension setup.

The development of the suspension system was designed to achieve maximum performances, but also carry a targeted level of refinement in order to provide a capable, yet reliable driving experience. One which permits the driver to have full control of comfort and performance levels wîth electronic damper adjustability at their fingertips and the practicality of an Electro-Hydraulic lifter system that can raise the vehicle height by 50 mm up to 30 kph front and rear. All this was achieved while also incorporating a pneumatic quick-lift system wîth 4 air-jacks for easy pit-service operations in order to allow the IE to partake in serious circuit events and our Time Attack Program (to be released at a later date).

No turbos. No hybrid systems. A proper balance of old and new.
The Apollo IE is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.3 liter V12 engine. This ICE unit produces in excess of 780hp and 760Nm of torque. The power unit was developed in partnership wîth our partner, Autotecnica Motori, and revs to 9,000rpm.

The IE features three engine Map-modes selected by the driver: Wet, Sport, Track - The selection is indicated on 'Engine Map page' on main Display.
The decision to refrain from using any emotionally dilutive technological systems, such as hybridization, was made to deliver a modern, yet nostalgically, pure, unadulterated sensory experience.

The power and torque of the Apollo IE is transmitted through a longitudinal Hewland sequential 6-speed+Rev gearbox wîth fully interchangeable gear ratios. The gearbox is operated via electro-pneumatic paddle shifters that move wîth the §teering wheel so the next gear is always within the driver's reach.

Útilizing this solution allows for a strong, race-proven gearbox that provides significant weight savings over a dual-clutch unit and yet lightening fast gear changes.
The powertrain is connected to the wheels by two superalloy lightweight semi-axles, designed by the Austrian specialist Pankl Racing Systems AG.

One of the key distinctive features of the Apollo IE is its aerodynamic efficiency which allows it to achieve world-class performances and extreme levels of downforce that far surpasses other cars in its category.

At 300km/h the IE produces over 1,350kg of net downforce. The downforce is properly balanced wîth 44.5% on the front and 55.5% on the rear.
The IE has an aerodynamic efficiency in excess of 3, which places it closer to that of an LMP2 race car than a proper GT road car.

To maintain exclusivity, we will only build one sole batch of 10 units of the Apollo IE, each to the highest degree of customization requested by its owner.
Those who order the Apollo IE will be granted exclusive access to the Time Attack program, that will be run by Apollo on the most relevant European racing circuits, and will also gain priority rights to order the future sibling of the Apollo IE, the Arrow, which is scheduled to see the light in 2019.

We also offer a unique opportunity for our clients to partake in the fine tuning development process of the IE and the development of the future Apollo cars from the beginning. IE owners will be invited to accompany Team Apollo to private testing sessions. This bespoke and personal experience allows IE owners to see what goes on behind the scenes during the development process of a new car and have the opportunity for their input play a role. A privilege only a select few in the world can claim.

Source - Gumpert
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