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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2020
Introduced at:2020 Geneva Motor Show
Engine type:Electric
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 15, 2020
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe 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’s powertrain is designed and engineered to be more than just a ferocious powerhouse. Efficiency and a fast charging time are imperative in delivering a luxury, performance electric vehicle for the modern driver, and this fact was not lost on the AP-0’s engineering team. The resultant battery technology at the heart of the vehicle is capable of delivering enough charge to cover maximum 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’s batteries are floor mounted at both the front and rear of the platform in order to achieve the lowest possible centre of gravity.

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.

With a suspension system befitting the racing machines of Formula 1, and a chassis built to an unmatched level of technical specification, the AP-0 is as agile and tough as it is intensely fast.

The AP-0’s 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.

Despite its race car-derived technology, the AP-0 is, first and foremost, a sports car. This is evident in its proportions: 4,380mm in length, 2,017mm in width and 1,224mm in height (including the roof-mounted LiDAR fin), with a front overhang of 970mm and a rear overhang measuring 760mm.

The AP-0 has a wheelbase of 2,650mm and a width of 1935mm. This carefully considered ratio maximises cornering ability and ensures excellent handling, manoeuvrability and stability – staying true to the brand’s mission of enabling the driver to attack the apex of every corner with absolute confidence.

The philosophy underpinning the APEX AP-0 is to create a genre of sports car merging impeccable performance with unrivalled driving experience. This means creating the perfect blend of speed, control and an innate connection between driver and machine.

The word ‘connectivity’ in today’s world bares reference to a digital connection between systems, cars, phones and infrastructure. While the AP-0 is fitted with a number of active and passive autonomous and connected technologies, ‘connectivity’ in APEX’s context is all about linking the car with those who have a true passion for driving.

Through impeccable design, which combines function within form, the AP-0 boasts a highly tuned and lightweight chassis that heightens the emotional connection behind the wheel, whether on road or track. With a zero-emissions powertrain, the AP-0 delivers immediate torque, while the lightweight chassis – 1,200kg in total – coupled with the clever ground-effect aerodynamics makes it a unique prospect for driving enthusiasts.

Climbing inside, the cockpit of the AP-0 is designed around the driver, with contoured and ergonomically designed bucket seats that sit low in the central carbon fibre tub to give that perfect race-derived feet-up driving position. The steering wheel is exquisitely manufactured from a combination of machined aluminium and carbon fibre, trimmed with perforated leather and soft-touch rubber dials on the mode selector push/pull rocker arms. All the cabin materials are designed to provide an enhanced sensory experience, contributing to the deeper emotional connection that is the bedrock of APEX’s design ethos.

Reinforcing the AP-0’s credentials as a sports car for the 2020s, the ground-breaking EV is fitted with an integrated forward-facing ADAS system positioned above the cockpit at the front of the tailfin.

The AP-0 pushes the boundaries of accuracy and safety when it comes to driver assistance, courtesy of its advanced LiDAR sensor technology. LiDAR sensors are able to generate detailed maps of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings, creating a high-resolution three-dimensional image and identifying minute details – measuring as little as a few centimetres – from more than 100m away and in all weather conditions.

This technology enhances the vehicle’s ADAS capability and enables 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 gamifies the way drivers can learn new race tracks and delivers the ultimate immersive racing experience. The AP-0 regularly receives over-the-air software updates that add new features and enhance existing functionality via Wi-Fi.

The ADAS system incorporates Level 3 autonomy, which means the very latest in mapping software, radar, sensors and faster processors. This translates into dynamic driver assist systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist as well as connected mapping for dynamic navigation to avoid traffic jams. The baseline system is already highly advanced and in order to make it futureproof when Level 4 Autonomy is safely achievable.

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