650 horsepower to the rear wheels, 2,645 pounds, 0-62 in 2.3 seconds. Yes, please.
In recent years, the Geneva Motor Show has hosted the debuts of exotic electric supercars, and this year's show was going to be no different with planned debuts including the Pininfarina Battista Anniversario and the production Rimac C_Two. UK manufacturer Apex was also going to show off its new groundbreaking electric sports car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but these plans were rescheduled after the event was canceled due to the coronavirus.
Now, Apex has lifted the covers off the AP-0 concept previewing the company's first-ever EV. Apex also manufactures the AP-1 sports car, which debuted in 2019. The electric supercar market is getting increasingly saturated, but the Apex AP-0 stands out thanks to its impressive lightweight construction.
Underpinning the Apex AP-0 is a carbon composite monocoque tub featuring modular spaceframes and a center spine that links the front and rear of the car. Combined with carbon fiber body panels, the Apex AP-0 has a surprisingly low kerb weight of just 2,645 pounds. That makes it even lighter than the Lotus Evija, which weighs around 3,700 pounds and is manufactured by a company renowned for making lightweight sports cars. The batteries are floor mounted at both the front and rear of the platform to achieve the lowest possible center of gravity.
At the heart of the Apex AP-0 is a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery that weighs only 1,212 pounds and generates 650 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels. The Lotus Evija has over twice as much power, but thanks to its lightweight construction the Apex AP-0 can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph. Not only does the electric powertrain deliver impressive performance but it's also highly efficient. Apex claims the AP-0 will cover 320 miles on a single charge and can be charged up to 80 percent in under 15 mins using a CCS charger or eight hours with a Type 2 connector.
Visually, the Apex AP-0 adopts a dramatic design with sharp lines, a pronounced front spoiler, and a wide front grille flanked by LED headlights. Two rear-view cameras are mounted to each wing, while air intakes positioned below the headlights and a vent in the center of the hood direct airflow through and over the body. Housed inside the wheel arches are carbon fiber wheels measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear with five-spoke rims. Elsewhere, a teardrop-shaped glass roof fuses with a Formula 1-inspired aerodynamic fin. The rear is dominated by a full-width taillight featuring the Apex emblem and an M-shaped rear diffuser.
Technology derived from Formula 1 applied to the underbody also enhances the car's aerodynamic performance. With a ground clearance of just 3.74 inches, the AP-0 rides low to the ground. These ground effect aerodynamics reduces drag and eliminates the need for a rear spoiler. The flat floor at the front channels air underneath the car and behind the front wheels, while the large rear diffuser accelerates airflow at the back. According to Apex, this technology provides outstanding cornering capability and handling on the track and increased stability on the road.
The AP-0 is also equipped with a push rod suspension system that's used by most Formula 1 teams, which optimizes weight distribution, improves aerodynamics and enables the suspension to move with greater efficiency. The suspension system also features automatic ride height adjustment and adjustable coil-over shock springs and dampers.
Despite its race car technology, the AP-0 is road legal and adopts sports car proportions, measuring 172.4 inches long, 79.4 inches wide, and 48.1 inches high including the roof-mounted fin. The AP-0 also has a 104.3-inch wheelbase and is 76.18 inches wide.
Inside, the driver-focused cockpit is fitted with bucket seats that sit low in the central carbon-fiber tub, while the steering wheel is manufactured from machined aluminum and carbon fiber trimmed with perforated leather and soft-touch rubber dials. In terms of safety tech, LiDAR sensors generate detailed maps of the car's surroundings and can identify hazards such as pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles from more than 328 feet away in all weather conditions.
Other tech includes a holographic augmented reality display and an AR Race Instructor to help drivers learn new race tracks. Level 3 autonomy is integrated into the driver assist systems, which include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. Apex is planning to add Level 4 Autonomy support in the future.
Production of the Apex AP-0 will start in Q4 2022 with prices starting from £150,000 ($189,000).