The APEX AP-0 all-electric concept sports car goes official

16 March 2020, 05:51:16

The APEX AP-0 all-electric concept sports car goes officialAPEX was supposed to unveil the APEX AP-0 EV concept at 12:45 CET on March 3, 2020, during the Geneva International Motor Show 2020. However, due to the cancellation of the show, it took the wraps off the vehicle virtually from its home grounds in London.

The APEX AP-0 features an ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber tub with modular spaceframes and a center spine for maximum rigidity. The carbon-fiber body panels wrap tightly around the tub while exposing parts of the central construction. The aerodynamic bodywork on the front channels air underneath the car and behind the front wheels, along the body and out below the large rear diffuser. This is aided by the low center of gravity provided by the 90 kW floor-mounted battery pack for a range of up to 320 miles/515 km (WLTP). Together, these features enable the AP-0 to achieve a curb weight of just 1,200kg. Ground clearance is just 95 mm, keeping the car as low as possible. The rear-wheel-drive APEX AP-0 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds. This rapid acceleration is backed up by an impressive maximum speed of 190 mph, underlining the vehicle's track credentials.

The APEX AP-0 arrives with an 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 centimeters - at distances of more than 100 m away. 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.

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.

The cabin features two seats, raised just 180 mm above ground level and constructed entirely of carbon-fiber composite. The dashboard features smooth layers of materials that encapsulate the technology of the instrument cluster, while a compact steering wheel places superior control in the driver's hands. Enshrouded in a mixture of naked carbon fibre and elegant Pearl White paintwork, the AP-0 features a red interior to reflect the speed, power and sporting ethos of the APEX brand.

The 90 kWh battery unit weighs 550 kg and the motor is able to generate a peak power of 650 bhp (484 kW) and a maximum torque of 580 Nm. The vehicle 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 is equipped with a pushrod suspension system - the preferred suspension style of most Formula 1 teams. The pushrod system optimizes weight distribution, improves aerodynamics and enables the suspension to move with greater efficiency. It also 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 (245 mm width) and back (305 mm 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.

The APEX AP-0 is 4,380 mm long, 2,017 mm wide and 1,224 mm high (including the roof-mounted LiDAR fin), with a front overhang of 970 mm and a rear overhang measuring 760 mm. The wheelbase is 2,650 mm long and 1,935 mm wide.

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. 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.

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