Apex officially introduced the new AP-0 conceptMarch 14, 2020
The British manufacturer was about to showcase its new revolutionary electric sports car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, but these plans changed after the event was canceled due to coronavirus.
Apex “took off the cover” of the AP-0 concept, introducing the company’s first ever electric vehicle. The electric supercar market is becoming increasingly saturated, but the Apex AP-0 stands out thanks to its impressive lightweight construction. The electric car is based on a carbon monocoque composite bathtub with modular spatial frames and a central section connecting the front and rear of the car. Combined with carbon fiber panels, the Apex AP-0 has an amazingly low curb weight of just 1,200 kg, which makes it even lighter than the Lotus Evija. Batteries are mounted on the floor in front and behind the platform to achieve the lowest possible center of gravity.
The Apex AP-0 is powered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery that weighs just 550 kg and produces 650 horsepower, which is sent to the rear wheels. Lotus Evija has twice the power, but thanks to its lightweight design, the Apex AP-0 can accelerate to 100 km / h in just 2.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 305 km / h. The electric motor not only provides impressive performance, but is also very efficient. Apex claims the AP-0 has a 515 km range and can charge up to 80% in less than 15 minutes using a CCS charger, or 8 hours with a Type 2 connector.
Visually, the Apex AP-0 has a dramatic design with clear lines, a pronounced front spoiler and a wide grille with LED headlights on the sides. Two rear-view cameras are installed on each wing, and air intakes located under the headlights and a ventilation hole in the center of the hood direct air flow through the body and above it. Inside the wheel arches are wheels with carbon fiber disks measuring 19 inches in front and 20 inches in the rear with five spokes. The teardrop-shaped glass roof is equipped with an aerodynamic fin in the spirit of Formula 1. The rear end is dominated by a full-width lantern with an Apex emblem and a rear diffuser in the shape of M.
The technology derived from F1 applied to the underbody also improves the aerodynamic performance of the car. Thanks to just 9.5 cm ground clearance and excellent aerodynamics, the AP-0 reduces drag and eliminates the need for a rear spoiler. The flat floor in the front air ducts under the car and behind the front wheels, as well as the large rear diffuser, accelerate the rear airflow. According to Apex, this technology provides outstanding cornering capabilities, road handling and enhanced road stability.
The AP-0 is also equipped with a suspension that is used by most Formula 1 teams. It optimizes weight distribution, improves aerodynamics and allows the suspension to move with greater efficiency. The suspension system also has automatic ride height adjustment and adjustable springs and shock absorbers. Despite the use of race car technology, the AP-0 is legal for traffic.
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