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Apollo Dead ? Gumpert Aiways start with Nathalie

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist March 13, 2020 at 07:47 AM
Roland isn’t one of the quitters, silently working on various concepts with the help of Chinese manufacturer Aiways. While many startups like Rimac and Drako are working on EV speedsters, Gumpert has an entirely new approach. Their latest endeavor, the Nathalie, uses a new hydrogen-based fuel system.

Roland Gumpert, the ex-Audi engineer, made headlines when he first unveiled the Gumpert Apollo supercar in 2005. Sadly, his enterprise filed for bankruptcy in 2013, which ended any chance of seeing more radical concepts from the company to come to fruition.

But Roland isn’t one of the quitters, silently working on various concepts with the help of Chinese manufacturer Aiways. While many startups like Rimac and Drako are working on EV speedsters, Gumpert has an entirely new approach. Their latest endeavor, the Nathalie, uses a new hydrogen-based fuel system.

Developed by the Danish energy solutions company Serenergy, the 15 kW fuel cell can be recharged faster than any other EV in the works. Instead of a plug, the Nathalie is refilled with methanol that takes less than 3 minutes to refill a tank.

A quick distillation through the fuel cell obtains hydrogen from the methanol, which is combined with oxygen to produce electricity. This is, in turn, transmitted to the electric motors on all four wheels through a 2-speed transmission.

The Gumpert Nathalie has a combined power output of 526 hp, which is enough to make the car sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. On a long stretch, the Nathalie can achieve a top speed of 190 mph.

Gumpert claims that the supercar can go 510 miles with a full tank when driven at speeds up to 75 mph. An ECO mode is also available that increases that range to 745 miles.

The exterior of the car looks like it is straight out of Blade Runner. Both the headlights and taillights feature high-intensity LEDs. Scissor doors and 7-spoke wheels further add to the style. Gumpert has only unveiled the First Edition model so far, although other trims are sure to catch the public eye soon.

You better dig deep into your pockets as each one of these speed machines will set you back $452,000. Moreover, that price may skyrocket if none of these are bound for American soil.

 

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