RE: British-built AP-0 readied for Geneva debut

RE: British-built AP-0 readied for Geneva debut

Thursday 13th February

British-built AP-0 readied for Geneva debut

All-electric sports car built by someone you've never heard of - with a helping hand from someone you have



With the Geneva show less than three weeks away, we're hitting peak silly season for EV startups. Certainly this is not going to be the last shadowy shot of a questionable concept you're going to be seeing before March arrives. But the Apex AP-O is slightly different. For one thing, it's been designed, engineered and built in the UK (where the tradition for low volume, specialist cars is no less venerable than the one for horse brasses or gin-making) and for another its maker is not quite the Johnny-come-lately it appears to be.

Minimal digging reveals Apex to effectively be the sister brand of Elemental - builder of the very well-received RP1. There is actually an Apex version of that car - not entirely imaginatively dubbed the AP-1 - built around the same patented carbon composite tub and delivering much the same level of hair-raising performance. But the AP-1 is intended as the amuse-bouche for the AP-0, because what Apex wants very much to be about is battery electric power.

Cue the shadowy preview. Which doesn't giveaway much aside from the fact that the firm has branched out into the business of roof-making - which means it's had a go at doors, too, not to mention what looks like a significant aero package. This is encouraging because Elemental never shied away from complexity (it produces that tub in-house) and Apex will obviously need that attribute if it is to make a dent in the fickle world of EV building.


For now it is shouting about the right things. The engineering team - which you'd assume is much the same bunch that produced the RP1 - is led by designer Guy Colborne and the AP-O's all-carbon fibre chassis is said to have resulted in a kerb weight of just 1,200kg. Almost twice as much as is claimed for the AP-1, of course, but respectable for an all-electric sports car. Let's hope the decision to not label it a supercar is also significant - the world is increasingly well stocked with the latter; the former are conspicuously few and far between.

No word yet on power or performance or even potential production - although, unsurprisingly, Apex promises: "not only rapid acceleration, but also superior agility, outstanding handling and exceptional cornering ability." The RP1 was endowed with all four; if Elemental has enabled them again in Apex format, and sourced an appropriate battery, it might have landed on the perfect side project for a low volume British sports car maker intent on prospering in the next two decades.


Read our drive of the Elemental RP1 here

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wab172uk

Original Poster:

1,553 posts

177 months

Thursday 13th February
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If it hasn't got 4000 bhp. Will not go from 0-60 in 1 second flat. Or doesn't cost £20m. Then I'm not interested.

Sam.M

202 posts

1 month

Thursday 13th February
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wab172uk said:
If it hasn't got 4000 bhp. Will not go from 0-60 in 1 second flat. Or doesn't cost £20m. Then I'm not interested.
Don't forget a range of 10,000 miles on a single 5 minute charge.

Macboy

481 posts

155 months

Thursday 13th February
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Will they make it into double figures with production unlike the Elemental which, it seems, disappeared without a trace despite being well received? Do they have any idea how to do more than design and announce cars...you know like building them, selling them, servicing them....? If Vapourware never makes it off the screen does that make these projects hobbyware? They're certainly little more than multiple hand-built prototypes it seems.

The Aspiration AP-0 coming to a "British cars that never made it" wiki-page in 2020.

cookie1600

1,390 posts

111 months

Friday 14th February
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article says said:
because what Apex wants very much to be about is battery electric power.
"Battery" electric power? What, as opposed to an electric car running off a very long extension lead?

16v stretch

800 posts

107 months

Friday 14th February
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cookie1600 said:
article says said:
because what Apex wants very much to be about is battery electric power.
"Battery" electric power? What, as opposed to an electric car running off a very long extension lead?
Or fuel cell.

redroadster

1,063 posts

182 months

Friday 14th February
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Let's see it then slate it ,very downbeat folk on piston heads hope this biz succeeds .

WCZ

7,542 posts

144 months

Friday 14th February
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redroadster said:
Let's see it then slate it ,very downbeat folk on piston heads hope this biz succeeds .
if it's electric then it's pointless. within a few years all electric cars will have insane performance

swisstoni

8,572 posts

229 months

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redroadster said:
Let's see it then slate it ,very downbeat folk on piston heads hope this biz succeeds .
I agree. Good luck to anyone with the gumption to at least give it a go. World would be a duller place without them.