Back in August 2009, Florian Gruber from Sport Auto lapped the Green Hell in this very Gumpert Apollo Sport in a blistering 7 minutes and 11.57 seconds.
Such a time may not seem all that impressive today, where more and more street cars are scrapping under the 7 minute mark, but 10 years ago it was a staggering time. What made the record all the more impressive was just how small and young Gumpert was as a company in 2009.
The Gumpert Apollo Sport is powered by a biturbo 4.2-liter V8 engine delivering 691 HP. Coupled to this engine is a sequential transmission that sends power to the rear wheels and propels the 1200 kg (2645 lbs) road-going rocketship to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3 seconds flat and on to a top speed of 360 km/h (224 mph).
Unlike most of the Apollo Sports manufactured, the Nurburgring car listed by Classic Driver features slightly sleeker bodywork, including curvaceous front wheel arches that seamlessly join the front splitter. A unique silver and turquoise paint scheme finishes things off.
The car has a mere 9,320 km (5,792 miles) under its belt and an asking price of €333,000, or roughly $397,000. Quite reasonable for such a capable machine that also made history, don’t you think?