Apollo and Roland Gumpert part ways

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Apollo Arrow, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Apollo Arrow, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Apollo Automobil, the Chinese-backed, Italian-based supercar company born out of the remains of Germany’s Gumpert, announced on Friday it has cut ties with Roland Gumpert.

The former Audi executive is the founder and namesake of Gumpert and started working for Apollo after it bought the assets of Gumpert following the German firm’s bankruptcy in 2014.

A reason wasn’t given though it might have to do with Apollo’s announcement in October it is teaming up with Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and using technology borrowed from the SCG003.

Apollo at the 2016 Geneva auto show showed off the Arrow supercar as well as an updated version of the Gumpert Apollo. Apollo has since announced it will only focus on the Arrow, albeit both road and race versions.

Teaser for Apollo 'Titan' debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show

Teaser for Apollo 'Titan' debuting at 2017 Geneva auto show

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The race version is code-named the Titan and confirmed to be receiving a naturally-aspirated V-12 capable of 800 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The road version is called the Arrow S and will feature a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 borrowed from the SCG003. Both cars will also borrow chassis technology from the SCG003.

Handling the development is Italy’s Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT), the same company that developed the SCG003. MAT is led by Paolo Garella, a former Pininfarina executive with over 30 years in the automotive industry.

The Titan will appear first. It will debut alongside the SCG003 road car (the SCG003S) at the 2017 Geneva auto show next March and later tackle the famous hill climb at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. A launch date for the Arrow S is yet to be confirmed.

It’s not clear what lies ahead for Roland Gumpert although there are rumors he’s rejoined Audi.

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