The 2016 Gumball 3000 only started on Saturday but the annual road trip has already seen its first crash.
A rare Gumpert Apollo crashed yesterday during the run from the Scottish capital Edinburgh to Manchester, England.
According to onlookers, the German supercar spun out of control on a curved road and ended up in a nearby ditch. The Apollo is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-8 sourced from Audi, and in its most potent form delivered upwards of 860 horsepower.
Aleksy Marcinow's tattooed Gumpert Apollo on the 2014 Gumball RallyEnlarge Photo
Fortunately there weren’t any injuries and there doesn’t look to be too much damage to the car. However, it won’t be competing any further in the rally. The video from YouTube user Jim Ramsay shows the aftermath.
Some readers will recall this particular Gumpert Apollo as being the “tattooed” example that participated in the 2014 Gumball 3000. It’s not clear who was driving the car when it crashed but it’s believed the owner is long-time Gumball 3000 participant Elo, the founder of the London Motor Museum.
Note, Gumpert is now known as Apollo. The original company became insolvent in 2012 but was saved by Chinese investors. Apollo made its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show where it rolled out the 986-horsepower Arrow supercar.