Back in 2009, this Gumpert Apollo lapped the Ring in seven minutes and 11.57 seconds.
We’re used to seeing automakers brag about Nurburgring production car lap records, but not as many were interested nearly a decade ago. One of the few automakers on that list was Gumpert, best known for producing the Apollo supercar. Sadly, it was the only production car the company ever made before it went bankrupt. It may not have been the prettiest supercar ever made, but the Apollo was astonishingly fast for its time, and its performance is still impressive today.
Back in August 2009, the Gumpert Apollo lapped the iconic German circuit in just seven minutes and 11.57 seconds. At the time, this was the fastest lap time ever set by a production car around the Ring. And now the car that broke the record is looking for a new owner. Currently listed for sale on Classic Driver via Sprinkbok Sportwagen Gmbh in Germany for €333,000 ($397,000), the Apollo in question is an S model finished in a dual-tone blue and silver paint scheme. Under the hood of the Apollo Sport is a twin-turbocharged version of Audi's 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 690 horsepower.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed sequential gearbox, allowing the Apollo Sport to hit 0-62 mph in three seconds and on to a top speed of 224 mph. Those are some impressive figures, even for today's standards. Of course, the Apollo’s lap time has been beaten several times as production cars have become even faster in the last decade. Currently, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the king of the Ring with a time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds. Nevertheless, this is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Nurburgring history.