The Apex AP-0 Is a $195,000 Electric Sports Car That Weighs Less Than a Subaru BRZ
Electrified performance cars all, so far, have one thing in common: They’re all really heavy. Even with advanced manufacturing techniques and lightweight material, it’s tough to overcome the sheer weight of the battery packs needed to put down serious numbers. This new EV sports car from Hong Kong promises to break the mold. Meet the Apex AP-0.
The AP-0, unveiled online Friday, is the second car from Apex Motors, the same company responsible for the low-production Elemental RP1 released a few years back. Unlike the RP1, the AP-0 is fully electric, with a 90 kWh battery mounted to the floor. It sends 649 horsepower to a single motor mounted in the rear. The key to its lightness is extensive use of carbon fiber; the monocoque tub and all body panels are made from the lightweight material, as are the staggered wheels and bucket seats. The result is a curb weight of just 2645 pounds, allowing for a 0-62 mph sprint of 2.3 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph.
Apex says the AP-0 will provide an “unrivaled” driving experience thanks to a race car-style feet-up driving position and advanced aerodynamics. The body has been designed to channel air under and around the car to help pin the chassis as close to the ground as possible. In addition to being a functional piece of aero, that Le Mans-inspired fin on top of the car also houses the AP-0’s LiDAR camera system, which can contract back into the vehicle when not in use.
The adjustable push-rod coil-over suspension setup is inspired by Formula 1, and comes with automatic ride-height adjustment. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the rear.
Performance isn’t the only thing the AP-0 can do well. According to Apex, the AP-0 is capable of 320 miles of range on the European WLTP cycle, and can be charged up to 80 percent in 15 minutes.
The car you see here is a concept, but Apex says it’ll arrive in production form in 2022. According to Car and Driver, it’s expected to be homologated for U.S. roads, and cost around $195,000. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.
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