Advertisement

Gumpert Nathalie debuts at Geneva

Gumpert unwrapped the world’s first methanol-electric supercar at Geneva this year, with a claimed maximum power output of 539bhp

Gumpert unveiled the world’s first methanol-fueled hydrogen-electric supercar at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Called the Nathalie, it has a claimed range of 850km (around 528 miles) between fuel stops and a top speed of 186mph. Just 500 examples will be built, with production starting in 2020.

Built in collaboration with the Chinese EV manufacturer, AIWAYS, the Nathalie features four electric motors and twin, two-speed gearboxes; all of which are mounted in-board rather than at the hubs to reduce unsprung mass. Gumpert claims it will produce 539bhp and 900Nm of torque, allowing a 0–62mph sprint of 2.5 seconds.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Best supercars to buy now

Unlike most electric cars, the Nathalie features a two-speed transmission. A short ratio gear is used for the sprint from 0–62mph, followed by a longer ratio for high speed driving. Also, the Nathalie’s gear changes are staggered for uninterrupted acceleration, with the front axle’s transmission shifting first, followed by the rear.

Braking is primarily handled by the electric motors, as all four units are fitted with an energy recuperation system, activated by the brake pedal. However, when the driver’s braking requirements exceed the limit of the motors’s capability, a hydraulic system automatically engages to decelerate the car.

The Nathalie has a weight distribution of 48:52 front/rear, and a torque-vectoring system automatically distributes the Nathalie’s power to the wheel with the most grip. Gumpert claims the system is capable of providing high cornering speeds and seamless acceleration on both dry and wet road surfaces.

• Best SUVs and 4x4s to buy

Gumpert’s methanol-electric generator uses a mixture of methanol and water as an fuel source, generating a maximum energy output of 5kWh. The firm claims the system is safer than older hydrogen fuel cells and more economical to run than a conventionally-powered petrol car, with methanol being an average of 33 percent cheaper than petrol.

Inside, the Gumpert Nathalie gets a networked infotainment system with sat-nav, a G-Force meter, an energy status meter and a read-out which provides recommended cornering speeds.

Pricing for the new Gumpert Nathalie is yet to be announced, but the manufacturer confirmed last year that it “will be expensive.”

Are you excited about the Gumpert Nathalie? Let us know in the comments section below…

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled
News

Geneva Motor Show 2021 cancelled

The 2021 Geneva Motor Show has been cancelled due to financial hardship and poor manufacturer response
30 Jun 2020
Geneva Motor Show
Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show

Welcome to our Geneva Motor Show hub page, scroll down for all our Geneva content...
28 Feb 2020
2020 Geneva Motor Show officially cancelled over coronavirus fears
Geneva Motor Show

2020 Geneva Motor Show officially cancelled over coronavirus fears

The 2020 Geneva Motor Show has been called off after the Swiss government announces ban on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people
28 Mar 2020
New Koenigsegg Gemera is a four-seat, 1,700bhp, £1.4m hypercar
Koenigsegg Gemera

New Koenigsegg Gemera is a four-seat, 1,700bhp, £1.4m hypercar

The limited-edition Koenigsegg Gemera is a rival for the McLaren GT, but with almost three times as much power
23 Mar 2020

Most Popular

Skoda Octavia Estate vs Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
Estates

Skoda Octavia Estate vs Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Skoda’s new Octavia Estate has moved upmarket. We find out if it’s a better wagon than the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
4 Jul 2020
New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive

Skoda has unwrapped the complete Octavia line-up, which now offers a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains
3 Jul 2020
New Ineos Grenadier 4x4: prices, specs and video of the Land Rover Defender rival
Ineos Grenadier

New Ineos Grenadier 4x4: prices, specs and video of the Land Rover Defender rival

The Ineos Grenadier will be built in Wales and will use BMW engines, but fuel-cell electrification is also likely in the future
7 Jul 2020