APEX, the global sports car brand, has taken the covers off its stunning new all-electric AP-0 sports car at its global launch event in London. The brand brings a new philosophy to the sports car market, embracing the emotional connection between driver and machine, craftsmanship and pioneering, and design and engineering as cornerstones of its first in-house designed model, the fully electric AP-0.
Bringing full electric performance and complete driver enjoyment, the AP-0 is a celebration of the feeling of being behind the wheel. The car offers a more connected driving experience, embodying sustainability, pioneering technology, cutting edge design and, above all, a strong emotional connection.
The design of the AP-0 features, at its core, an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre tub with modular spaceframes and a centre spine for maximum rigidity. Meanwhile, the carbon fibre body panels wrap tightly around the tub while exposing parts of the central construction.
Costing from £150,000 (plus local taxes), the AP-0 goes into production in Q4 2022 and will be shipped to customers from its UK manufacturing base to customers worldwide. APEX is accepting deposits for the AP-0 from today.
The AP-0 is a triumph of how form and function can be combined in one harmonious package. This begins with the front aerodynamic bodywork, which channels air underneath the car and behind the front wheels, along the body and out below the large rear diffuser. The flat floor exploits ground effect principles, helping to pin the car to the ground for tremendous cornering ability.
This is aided by the low centre of gravity provided by the 90kW floor-mounted battery pack. Together, these features enable the AP-0 to achieve a kerb weight of just 1,200kg.
By virtue of its cutting-edge powertrain engineering and astonishingly light kerbweight, the rear-wheel drive AP-0 is capable of 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 2.3 seconds. This rapid acceleration is backed up by an impressive maximum speed of 190mph, underlining the vehicle’s track credentials.
The AP-0 powertrain is designed and engineered to be more than simply a high-performance unit with immediate power delivery. Efficiency and a fast charging time are imperative in delivering a luxury, performance electric vehicle for the modern driver. The resultant battery technology at the heart of the vehicle is capable of delivering enough charge to cover up to 320 miles (515km) (WLTP).
Technology plays a key part in the AP-0. The new sports car pushes the boundaries of accuracy and safety when it comes to driver assistance, courtesy of its advanced LiDAR sensor technology. The sensors generate detailed maps of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings, comprised of a high-resolution, three-dimensional image with minute details – measuring as little as a few centimetres – at distances of more than 100m away.
The LiDAR technology allows the AP-0 to more accurately identify potential hazards, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles, increasing safety and providing ultimate peace of mind for the driver.
The AP-0 also features a holographic augmented reality (AR) display and AR Race Instructor, which gamify the way drivers can learn new racetracks and deliver the ultimate immersive racing experience.
Furthermore, APEX plans to develop an FIA-approved race track and racing academy in the Greater Bay Area, close to Hong Kong. The track will form part of a global research and development network to test future APEX models. It also plans to launch a race academy to train the next generation of drivers.
Every individual aspect of the AP-0 combines to form one of the most compelling new sports cars to enter the market both in terms of buying, owning and enjoying.