If the IE was mad, this is just unhinged.
Remember the Gumpert Apollo? Well, the company that made it died and was reborn as Apollo Automobil, and its first creation was the Intensa Emozione, or IE. An absolutely crazy hypercar with 769 horsepower, plenty of carbon fiber, a raucous soundtrack, and looks that seem fit for a sci-fi flick, the IE was not the sort of car that you'd think was lacking in the drama department. Engineers are not always rational people, however, and neither are designers, so Apollo has spawned a new replacement for the IE that is even more zany and wild than its predecessor. Unveiled at the 2021 International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China, say hello to Project EVO.
It's impossible to know where to start with this thing, as every single panel and part is crazier than the last. If we had to choose, the rear end is the most insane aspect of the car, where you'll find three exhaust tips arranged in a triangular fashion atop a massive diffuser that is somehow part of the taillight design. There are also angled winglets above a traditional wing that look like something Tim Burton's Caped Crusader would fit to his Batmobile. The overall effect from the rear is like that of a spaceship from a futuristic film, while a central air snorkel, numerous outlets and vents on the profile, a complicated clamshell hood, more wings in the front, and a visor-like glasshouse all add to the theatrical look and feel. The Bugatti Bolide is the only car we can think of that comes close to this level of aerodynamic insanity.
As you'd expect, the monocoque is constructed from carbon fiber, and Apollo says that the EVO will be "equipped with a handling package developed by the world's best automotive engineers," something we can believe since the IE was partly developed by the people who built the awesome Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR. A "naturally aspirated powertrain" will provide thrust and will "deliver raw power and a visceral mechanical soundtrack unavailable elsewhere in the contemporary and historical hypercar world."
Output ratings and performance estimates have not yet been revealed, but they are sure to be spectacular. As the wacky design indicates, this will probably be a track-only machine like the IE, and as the various elements suggest, it will cost a boatload of cash. Expect to pay close to $3 million since the IE cost around $2.7 million.