While Apollo Automobili, the company created from the ashes of Gumpert, continues to make teenagers weak at the knees with the Intensa Emozione, Roland Gumpert has been busy working on his latest automotive venture. This is the result.
The result of a partnership between Gumpert and Chinese electric startup Aiways, the RG Nathalie is an impressive sports car that utilizes an advanced electric powertrain and has looks reminiscent of the Audi Sport Quattro Concept.
Powering the vehicle, named after one of Gumpert’s daughters, are four electric motors. However, rather than receiving their juice from a battery, the RG Nathalie instead uses a hydrogen fuel cell stack. Things don’t stop there.
Aware of the lack of hydrogen fueling stations around the world, Gumpert and Aiways have implemented a methanol reformer. This system takes in methanol and can split it into carbon dioxide which is released into the air while hydrogen is funneled into the fuel cell.
A unique take on the sports car of the future
With this setup, the RG Nathalie will reportedly accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a rapid 2.5 seconds and continue through to a 186 mph (300 km/h) top speed. What’s more, the car will reportedly travel 370 miles (595 km) when driven fast and over 700 miles (1126 km) when operated more conservatively.
Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, this particular show car is finished in an attractive shade of purple. The front fascia incorporates sharp lines, large air intakes, and upper headlights similar to those from the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. Swing around to the sides and you’ll notice matte black wheels and an angular roof. At the rear, the RG Nathalie comes equipped with LED taillights and additional lights where air vents would traditionally sit.
Aiways intends on commencing deliveries of the model in 2019 and has yet to specify pricing. However, considering all the technology crammed into the sports car, we know it won’t be cheap.