While Apex, manufacturers of this AP-0, trumpet its speed, performance and lightness, there is high mention of LiDAR tech. We therefore, obliged by the Law Of Austin Powers, must instead trumpet that this car has frickin’ laser beams.
Yep. Lasers. On an electric car supercar. And not just lasers. Holographic augmented reality, for a videogame experience. Somehow, if we reach back along the space timeline, our 12-year old selves are quite happy.
So, long story short: the Apex AP-0 is a fully electric supercar designed by the same man who brought you the mad Elemental RP1. It features a full carbon fibre composite chassis and body, with Formula One-style pushrod suspension at each corner. Yep, it’s a Serious Driver Car, this.
Delivering reasonably serious power is a 90kWh battery pack, delivering juice to a motor that runs the rear wheels to the tune of 650bhp. Like we said, reasonably serious. Those batteries are mounted low in the car – at the front and back – and all in, the thing weighs just 1,200kg.
Apex reckons on a 0-100kph time of just 2.3s, and flat out you’ll be travelling at 306kph. Stopping it efficiently then, is also a primary concern. Apex has deployed monster brakes hiding behind 19/20in wheels front and back.
If you’re trying to place its size, reckon on the same length as something like a Ford Focus. Only wider. And much lower. Small-ish footprint then. Should be pointy.
And yet, Apex also reckons that speed and performance isn’t everything. It also claims 320 miles is available on a single charge, and if you have a CCS charger, can get back up to 80 per cent power in less than 15 minutes.
Also did we mention frickin’ lasers? It has LiDAR sensors that build a 3D image to better scan the road and thus, help it – in Apex’s words – “accurately identify potential hazards, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles”. Thus, it is a road-going, track-honed electric supercar. However, there’s also the aforementioned holographic AR display – to help you learn new tracks – and level 3 autonomy.
The design? You will have your own take on it, but it’s certainly distinctive. The worlds of F1 and Le Mans have been tapped – witness that giant Mohican masquerading as a fin – the snow plough attached up front, the massive diffuser tunnels at the rear. There’s a lot going on here, and we haven’t even mentioned the scissor doors yet.
Get past those and you’ll get a chance to put your feet up. Literally. Because it is RACE CAR, it’s got a RACE CAR driving position, with bucket seats, a carbon fibre and aluminium steering wheel, perforated leather dials, and other materials for “an enhanced sensory experience”.
The cost for this zero-local-emission, track-honed supercar? £180,000 (approx. RM956,247). Which of course, buys you a lot of metal in the combustion-engined sphere. But, we say again for effect, frickin’ lasers.