2010 Gumpert Apollo S
Few track weapons have such focused, surgical cornering abilities as the Gumpert Apollo S. Ex-Audi engineer Roland Gumpert’s vision was to create a road car that packed as much racing DNA into the tightest possible package, and the end result is pretty much the same size as a Honda S2000. Only it’s lower, 200 pounds lighter, 10 inches wider, and packs a twin-turbocharged 4.2-liter Audi V8 amidships that’s good for an eye-watering 750 horsepower in “S” trim. If you discount the ludicrous Radical SR8, the Apollo is the fastest production car to lap the famed Nürburgring, annihilating the prior record of the Dodge Viper ACR by more than ten seconds. Unlike the Radical, you get all that speed and handling with amenities like air conditioning, and even a trunk for groceries, although best of luck getting it into the parking lot without scraping off the carbon fiber chin spoiler. The Apollo’s wild grab-bag of grilles, scoops, and air channels all work together to create gobs of downforce to suck the Apollo S down to the asphalt, keeping it planted during at high speeds and while cornering. Even though the Gumpert can lift its gullwing doors at any local watering hole, a short drive will prove that it is most at home in its natural habitat: a racecourse full of long sweepers, such as the mountainous Bernese Alps track, to take full advantage of the Apollo’s superior grip.