German supercar builder Gumpert has just set a new Nürburgring lap record for street-legal production cars with its Apollo Speed model. The car was driven by Florian Gruber to a time of 7:11.57, demolishing the current record of 7:22.1 set by the Dodge Viper ACR.
German car magazine Sport-Auto was there to witness the record setting run and actually says that the previous record was a7:14.89 set by Michael Düchting in a Donkervoort D8 RS06 (essentially a Dutch version of a Lotus 7 or Caterham).
We can’t say we’re surprised by the car’s performance, after all, the Apollo uses a full carbon fiber monocoque, much like a Formula 1 car. It also makes 700hp thanks to a twin-turbocharged Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 and uses a genuine racing-style sequential transmission.
Company owner Roland Gumpert is no stranger to fast cars either as he worked at Audi for two decades and led the company’s motorsports division during its rallying heydays.
Technically speaking, the Radical SR8 has run a faster time of 6:55, however, it’s not street legal in many countries (including the U.S.).
Then again, it’s not hard to call into question the Apollo as a production car, considering so few have been built.