Su­per­cars: Gumpert Apollo

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 7.30pm, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Ac­tu­ally, a care­fully re­badged episode of Me­gafac­to­ries, Su­per­cars: Gumpert Apollo fol­lows the for­tunes of leg­endary Euro­pean car man­u­fac­turer Roland Gumpert, who de­cided in 2005 that what the world needs now is a rac­ing car that is also street-ready. Car fanciers of all stripes will not want to miss this, though drool on the TV screen could be a prob­lem for house­mates. The Apollo is a hand-built two-seater mid-en­gine su­per­car with a top speed of 330km/h and ac­cel­er­a­tion mea­sured at 0 to 100km/h in just 3.1 sec­onds. It looks as Grand Prix rac­ing cars would if they were pre­sented with­out liv­ery, as much rocket as car. It is par­tic­u­larly fetch­ing in an elec­tric blue but looks dou­bly sexy in a lu­mi­nous black. The ask­ing price is about $US1 mil­lion ($962,750). This places it firmly in the realm of the su­per rich, and the prob­lem for Gumpert is find­ing enough dudes with the req­ui­site testos­terone and cash. The doc­u­men­tary doesn’t quite get to it, but Gumpert filed for bank­ruptcy in Au­gust. This makes his com­ments at the end about be­ing around in 50 or 100 years ter­ri­bly poignant. But look on the bright side — you might be able to pick up a re­main­dered model for a song. The only prob­lem I fore­see is trou­ble with ac­quir­ing spare parts down the road.

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