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Old 02-14-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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Default New Gumpert Tornante revealed

German supercar maker Gumpert has announced it will unveil its long rumoured second model at the upcoming Geneva motor show.
Called the Tornante, the new car has been developed in partnership with Italian based Touring Superleggera, which is responsible for the new two seater’s styling.

Conceived to provide greater comfort, practicality, refinement and long distance touring attributes than the extreme Apollo – Gumpert’s initial model launched in 2005, the first deliveries of the Tornante are planned to get under way in 2012.

An initial sketch of the new car reveals it boasts more cohesive and contemporary styling than the Apollo, which will continue to be produced in small numbers alongside the Tornante at Gumpert’s workshop in Altenburg, Germany.

Gumpert describes the look of the new car as “clean, efficient and well balanced”. Features brought over from the Apollo include gullwing style doors and a wide rear hood. The fledgling German supercar maker also says the two-seat Tornante boasts “innovative proportions within the rear section”. This is thought to be a reference to receiving a longer rear section than the Apollo for a larger fuel tank and greater luggage carrying capacity.

Based around a chrome-molybdenum steel frame, the Tornante inherits the same engine as Gumpert’s more extreme Apollo. The Audi-based twin-turbocharged 4.2-litre V8 has been tuned to deliver 700bhp. Mounted behind the cabin, it sends drive to the rear wheels via a sequential six-speed gearbox with paddle shift control.

No performance figures for the new car have been revealed just yet, but the lighter and smaller Apollo, developed largely at the demanding Nurburgring circuit in Germany, is claimed to hit 62mph in 3.1secs and reach a top speed of 224mph. The Apollo also established what was then a lap record for production cars at the Nurburgring in 2009 of 7min11.57sec.
Underpinning Gumpert’s second model is a modified version of the Apollo’s double wishbone suspension that has been modified and tuned for greater compliance and comfort.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:24 AM   #2
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wow, that looks good. Something that I never thought would be said about Gumpert.

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Old 02-15-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
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Jaguar cx75 concept.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:15 PM   #4
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That Jag looks absolutely fantastic.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:29 PM   #5
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If you have to do hybrid... The Jag CX-75 is the way to do hybrid.

Two mini turboshaft turbine engines turning APUs to generate electricity on-board, and then the car is driven by electric motors with regenerative braking. the turbines can be started and stopped as electrical demand dictates, and aren't just kept idling for no reason, and aren't throttled up and down with ground-speed, but rather with electrical demand.

The big drawbacks to turbine power are mitigated.

1: speed differential between the turbine's output and variable road-speed. Very complex for a transmission to handle. Here it is completely disassociated mechanically, and instead linked electrically.

2: turbine throttle response. Turbines are efficient, but they don't throttle up or down as quickly as stop and go traffic demand. Again, mechanically disassociated, so the turbines can run nearly steady-state, regardless of ground-speed, which the electric motors handle.

3: idle fuel consumption. A mechanically linked turbine has to remain running and idling when the car is not moving. turbines idle at about 30,000rpm plus, or something like that... and burn a lot of fuel to not do anything. With the turbines generating electricity, they become on-demand only, and if they are spinning, they are generating power, or else they are off. direct correlation between fuel consumption and electrical generation.

4: operating heat. Working on-demand helps, and also allows for smaller turbines for less excess heat... and high bypass compressor stages could be used to re-diffuse pressurized ambient air into the exhaust stream to re-cool the exhaust. not really a tied to the electrical system, but more into the turbine itself.

Aside from a buffer of electrical capacitance, it has all the benefits of high-energy-density and easily re-filled liquid fuel, and all the benefits of electrically driven wheels and regenerative braking.

A diesel piston engine, a wankel rotary, or other high efficiency form of turning liquid fuel into kinetic energy, into electrical energy could be substituted for the turbines, but turbines do that pretty well, too, if their drawbacks are nullified like I described.

And, on topic, the Gumpert could choose less attractive designs to emulate... and it is certainly a HUGE improvement over their Apollo.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:41 PM   #6
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That sounds both cool and amazingly expensive.
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PR: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/01/g...g-geneva-2011/

live gallery: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/gumpe...g-geneva-2011/

press gallery: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/gumpe...te-by-touring/

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Gumpert Tornante by Touring makes the Apollo look like an Aztek

Remember the Gumpert Apollo? It boasted world-beating performance while wearing a face only a mother could love. Thanks to design firm Touring Superleggera, the Apollo now has a much better looking new sibling sharing the Gumpert stable. It's called Tornante, which, according to Google Translate, means "hairpin bend" in Italian. For all we care, it could mean "Sexy Catfish" because it's a huge leap forward in style when compared to the Apollo, even if the split-window Chevrolet Corvette rump is derivative and more than a little unflattering.

Just because this new Gumpert is softer doesn't mean it has any less bite than the Apollo. Gasoline is fed to the mighty 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 700-horsepower. The Tornante utilizes the same TT40e transmission as the Apollo but received paddle-shifters.

We're still waiting for more details to rise to the surface, because word on the Geneva streets is that Gumpert has an even more powerful version planned for the future. Apollo owners, feel free to remove the bag from your head and head-on out to your local Gumpert dealer. Just tell them you want "the prettier one" this time.

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I liked the Apollo so they can shut the hell up lol.

This is fantastic too. I love the split rear window and the taillights. Great job Gumpert.
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Thats a bad ass mother****ing looking car.
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