With a name like this, we simply had to run a story on the new UK built supercar. It’s called the Apex AP-0 and it is the very first product from a new British company. Apex Motors (no relation to us) was founded in 2018 by brothers Jason and Gary Leung. If we get two, can we call it a… Double Apex? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist).
Under that futuristic-looking carbon-fibre composite body lies an electric drivetrain that delivers 484 kW of power and 580 N.m of maximum torque, available from zero r/min. The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery that has 90 kWh capacity and weighs 550 kg. The company says the total mass of the Apex AP-0 is just 1 200 kg, extremely light for an electric car, or any new car for that matter. The rear-wheel-driven AP-0 can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2,3 seconds has a top speed of 306 km/h. Maximum range from a fully charged battery is claimed as 515 km.
The Apex uses a push-rod suspension system similar to most Formula One cars. It also has automatic ride height adjustment, adjustable coilover springs and dampers. Rolling stock consists of 19 x 9-inch front and 20 x 11-inch rears fitted with 245- and 305 mm tyres, respectively. Brakes are 360 mm carbon-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers on the front wheels and 340 mm discs clamped by four-piston calipers on the rear.
The Apex AP-0 may look a bit left field, but that’s because the designers placed form ahead of function. The front channels air underneath the car and behind the front wheels, along the body and out below the large rear diffuser. Ground clearance is just 95 mm. The flat floor exploits ground effect principles to aid aerodynamic grip. Using the underfloor airflow for grip negates the need for a rear wing.