APEX AP-0 Concept EV Sports Car Revealed
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.
The APEX AP-0's expertly engineered powertrain, in combination with its carbon fibre composite chassis and body, delivers an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, which enables astonishing acceleration, supreme efficiency and competitive range.
The AP-0 houses a state-of-the-art, fully electric, lithium-ion battery powertrain. Its 90kWh battery unit weighs 550kg and is able to generate a peak power of 650bhp (484kW). With torque available from zero RPM, the vehicle boasts equally impressive performance, delivering a maximum torque of 580Nm.
By virtue of its cutting-edge powertrain engineering and astonishingly light kerbweight of 1,200kg, the rear-wheel-drive AP-0 will achieve 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).
The Super EV is compatible with CCS, Type 2 and GB/T charging connectors, providing practicality and choice. For total convenience, the vehicle can be charged up to 80% in under 15 mins using a CCS charger, while the estimated charging time using a Type 2 connector is eight hours.
The APEX AP-0's chassis brings years of experience in the development and manufacture of advanced composite technologies to bear in an incomparably lightweight, dynamic and robust construction. The featherlight chassis and body work contribute significantly to the vehicle's track-ready dynamics and exceptionally low kerb weight of just 1,200kg.
The platform of the AP-0 has pioneering engineering and technology at its core. The fully composite structural monocoque tub features modular spaceframes and a centre spine that links the front and rear of the car. The bodyshell is tightly wrapped over and around the tub and spine detail, as well as the front and rear wheels, while still exposing the carbon fibre chassis.
The AP-0 is equipped with a push rod suspension system - the preferred suspension style of most Formula 1 teams. The push rod system optimises weight distribution, improves aerodynamics and enables the suspension to move with greater efficiency. The suspension system features automatic ride height adjustment, employing adjustable coil over shock springs and dampers.
The AP-0 features 19” x 9” front wheels and 20” x 11” rear wheels, with high spec radial tyres fitted to both the front (245mm width) and back (305mm width). The low profile of the tyres - 55 aspect ratio on the front and 30 aspect ratio on the back - delivers exceptional grip, control and steering response. Brakes are 360mm x 32mm carbon ceramic discs and six piston calipers on the front and 340mm x 30mm discs and four piston calipers on the rear.
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. Costing from £150,000 ($186,000) (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 has started accepting deposits for the AP-0.