Here is good news for those who were lucky enough to place an order for the only 10 exclusive examples of the Apollo IE hypercar. Apollo Automobil, in collaboration with technical partner HWA AG, is already testing, developing and preparing the all-new Apollo IE for production.
Apollo revealed that they have been conducting tests for the new IE. The latest of these tests is a multi-day endurance test at the Lausitzring Circuit in Germany. Tested on the circuit were two factory prototypes -- in both road and race configurations.
Norman Choi, Apollo Chairman, remarked that dynamic development program for the new Apollo IE is now at the highest level, the carmaker and its technical partners are thoroughly testing the prototype cars in both road and track uses before they finally build the final units.
Ryan Berris, Apollo General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer, said that the main purpose of the endurance test at the Lausitzring Circuit in Germany was to collect more data to analyze the thermal and aero dynamics of the new IE. Likewise, the test was done to conduct an in-depth analysis of the recent significant engineering advancements made on the hypercar. Berris added that Apollo will reveal more details about these new developments in the next few months.
The IE in the hypercar’s name stand for Intensa Emozione, an Italian phrase that means “Intense Emotion.” This new hypercar boasts of extreme performance made possible by a powerful engine without any boost from a turbocharger or a supercharger.
At its core is 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine that can deliver 780 hp of max output as well 560 lb.-ft. (759 Nm) of peak torque. Apollo expects the IE to dash from nil to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.7 seconds onto reaching a top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h). Power will be coursed to the wheels through a six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox with a pneumatic change.
Interestingly, Apollo says the IE will weigh only 1,250 kg (2,756 lbs) and will boast a 45:55 weight distribution biased to the rear, as made possible by extensive employment of carbon fiber both in the body and chassis.
Despite of its light weight, the new Apollo IE can still hug the road even when moving at high speeds, thanks to 1,350 kg (2,976 lbs.) of downforce (44.5 percent front/55.5 percent rear). This is achieved by a large rear wing and a large front splitter. There are also channels along the bodywork and dive planes, as well as vents in the hood, flanks and rear.
Apollo plans to build only 10 bespoke units of the IE, each having a price of EUR2.3 million.