Currently reading: Apex AP-0 is £150,000, Brit-built electric sports car
Model is due to go into production in 2022 at a Woking facility
Rachel Burgess
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13 March 2020

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.

However, the ethos behind the car is more in line with the RP1 or KTM X-Bow but intends to offer more on-road comfort than either of those models, given that it is not an open-top.

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.

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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.

The AP-0 uses a pushrod suspension system, the same as most Formula 1 teams, and has automatic ride height adjustment, using adjustable coilover springs and dampers.

The AP-0 is capable of Level 3 autonomy, which includes automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, but Apex says the system is advanced enough for Level 4 (self-driving in all but the trickiest scenarios) when it becomes “safely achievable”.

It uses Lidar technology, with sensors mounted high up in the car's dramatic central fin, to generate detailed, three-dimensional maps of the vehicle's surroundings. Apex said the technology enhances its driver assistance systems by more accurately identifying potential hazards, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.

It also has a holographic augmented reality display and augmented reality race instructor, to help drivers learn new race tracks.

Designer Guy Colborne said the production version would remain largely unchanged from the concept. “We’re going to work on ingress and egress, by pushing the tub down a bit, for starters. And then practicality aspects – for example, whether we can package in a frunk [front boot] for luggage.”

Inside, there are bucket seats and a race-derived feet-up driving position.

Apex is headed up by two Hong Kong-based brothers, Jason and Gary Leung, but the firm will operate its engineering, design and manufacturing from a not-yet-built site near Woking in Surrey. The facility, once up and running, will be able to produce 500 AP-0s a year.

Apex previously launched the 620kg, 400bhp AP-1, of which more than 10 have been sold so far. The Leung brothers said the AP-1 also continues as a test mule for improving carbonfibre technology for the AP-0 production car.

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13 March 2020

Yet another. 

  • Badly built
  • Transformer styling
  • Silly price
  • Production issues
  • A British sports car

13 March 2020
That's all very negative.

13 March 2020

150k seems ambitious, unfortunately - not sure how they'll make any money at that price.  But the car is awesome and I hope they can make it happen.

13 March 2020

Another week another teenager's wet dream.

Isn't the car market fed up with these fantasy projects? This one is grotesquely overstyled like the others, has almost zero ground clearance, plus, judging from the pics, claustrophobic cabin and poor rear visibility. 

 

13 March 2020

 I agree, not pretty or functional in the real World, but, then again these cars will be snapped up just to be driven down a long runway, not even driven for a day once or twice a year.

13 March 2020

you would expect from Lotus. I see a certain familiarity with the BAC Mono.

13 March 2020
...just who is going to buy these fanciful start-up creations? Would you really buy a car from an unknown, with zero parts backup, from a makers with bigger ambitions than its bank balance? I don't think I would. A company the size of Aston Martin is being bailed out from near bankruptcy just today, and even Tesla has barely made any money.

13 March 2020

- this

- KTM X-Bow

-Bac Mono

-Vuhl 05RR

Who buys or needs them?

14 March 2020

Good grief Brits are so damn negative.  No wonder their car industry just died when the public loves to wallow in pessimism.  Imagine being a start up in the UK vs in California; Elon Musk would have slit his wrists.  Yes there are problems, particularly the as yet unbuilt factory, but I love the way Jmax18 already condemns it as being badly built!  If they fail it won't be because I didn't wish them well.

bol

14 March 2020

If this is really achievable for £150k then it suggests that by the end of the decade we'll be able to buy similarly capable production sports cars for real world prices. A hell of a lot more relevant to enthusiasts than a £1.5m Lotus. We need people like this with big ambitions to keep things moving on. All power to them. 

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