The Apex AP-0 is an electric supercar to be engineered and built in the UK and designed by Brit Guy Colborne, known for the Elemental RP1.
The AP-0 is described as race-inspired and road legal, and while the model revealed today is a concept, the car is set to make production in late 2022, with prices starting from £150,000.
The zero-emissions model is the latest in a list of electric supercars being revealed worldwide from a variety of start-ups and established players, all of which hope to create driving appeal in the traditionally more sedate EV market. These include the Pininfarina Battista, Rimac C_Two, Dendrobium D-1 and Lotus Evija.
Apex claims the AP-0, which produces 650bhp and 428lb ft of torque, is capable of 0-62mph in 2.3sec, with a top speed of 190mph. This rapid benchmark sprint is slower than those claimed by the Battista and C_Two, which promise “under two seconds” and 1.9sec respectively, but quicker than the RP1 and X-Bow.
Apex says the car is not intended to be a hypercar. “This is reflected in the price, power output and vehicle weight. Instead, this is a sports car that was designed to be light, fast and a statement of intent for Apex to create the world’s finest zero-emissions sports cars which are usable and comfortable on the road but transform into a pure driver’s car on a race track,” it said.
The supercar will have an official range of 320 miles and, via a 350kW CCS connector, can be charged up to 80% in less than 15 minutes.
Apex claims the AP-0 weighs 1200kg - significantly lower than the majority of electric sports cars - thanks to the use of a carbonfibre tub at its core. The structure uses modular spaceframes and a centre spine that links the front and rear. The bodyshell is wrapped around the tub and spine but still exposes the carbonfibre chassis. Batteries are floor mounted at both front and rear in a bid to achieve the lowest possible centre of gravity.