2021 Roland Gumpert Nathalie revealed

Roland Gumpert is back with a new sports car.

The car is named Nathalie, after one of Gumpert’s daughters, and it was first shown as a concept in 2018. Now the production version has been revealed ahead of the formal debut on March 18.

Regular readers of Motor Authority will recognize the Gumpert name from Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur, the German supercar company whose Apollo set lap records at both the Nürburgring and Top Gear Test Track during its prime.

Roland Gumpert

Roland Gumpert

Roland Gumpert founded the company in the early 2000s after leaving a senior role at Audi, where he was in charge of the Audi Sport division (previously Quattro) and oversaw many of Audi’s rally successes. That’s why the Apollo was powered by a modified Audi V-8.

His supercar company Gumpert ran into financial troubles early last decade and was sold to new investors. They turned the company into Apollo and have since launched the Intensa Emozione supercar. Gumpert meanwhile joined Chinese EV startup Aiways and convinced it to back his new sports car project.

The Nathalie looks like a modern evolution of the legendary Audi Quattro and comes powered by a fuel cell-electric powertrain. But instead of housing storage tanks for hydrogen, the fuel cell stack in the Nathalie is fed hydrogen from a methanol reformer with its own 17.1-gallon methanol tank. The electricity produced either powers the car’s four electric motors or charges up a battery. The stored energy in the battery aids the fuel cell during spirited driving. Both the battery and methanol tank provide a potential energy capacity of 190 kilowatt-hours.