Supercars: Gumpert Apollo
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.