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2007-03-02 08:54
Though this bespoke 485-kW Apollo is referred to as being the perfect mix of a road and track car, it remains a hardcore racer with a stylish edge.

The Apollo is powered by a biturbo V8 engine sourced from Audi that produces 485 kW at 6 000 r/min and a phenomenal 850 Nm of peak torque at 4 500 r/min.

In its mid-engined configuration, the 195 kg-engine rockets the car to a top speed of 360 km/h. It accelerates from 0-100 km/h in a frightening three seconds and goes from 0 ? 200 km/h to 8.9 seconds.

This powerplant is mated with an F1-inspired fully synchronised, six-speed sequential transmission.

Suspension is via a double wishbone setup with fully adjustable dampers front and rear and an anti roll bar at the front. Ground clearance is adjustable between 40 mm and 120 mm.

The car's streamlined form (almost 4.5 m long, 2.0 m wide and 1.3 m high) is the result of several wind tunnel test sessions. Substantial aid inlets in the front and along the sides ensure the V8 unit and performance braking system get enough fresh air.

Overall body weight has been kept low with the use of state of the art materials. It uses a steel alloy chassis with integrated monocoque (and integrated instrument panel) fashioned from carbon fibre. The body, which has striking gullwing doors, is constructed of fibreglass.

"It has always been a dream of mine to have a car that has so much downforce, such aerodynamic efficiency that you could drive on the roof of a tunnel at high speed - and this car can," said Roland Gumpert, creator of the Apollo.

While the Apollo may be compared with other bespoke stripped out track machines, it does offer some comfort to its passengers. The driver's position is individualised for seat padding, upholstery, adjustable pedals and steering column. Those who would like more comfort have the choice of leather seats, a full leather instrument panel, an air conditioning system, a high-end navigation system, in-car entertainment system with DVD player, and a rear facing camera.

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