Tired of the same old hypercars from Ferrari, McLaren or Bugatti and you want something that will certainly tickle your senses – then Apollo Automobil is the right call for you, since their new hypercar is aptly name Intensa Emizione (powerful emotion).
Apollo is offering a new alternative on the hypercar scene with a nod to the old days when the driver skills were just as important as the technical specifications – as opposed to these days when almost anyone can command a 1000-hp supercar thanks to the electronically assisted drive. The IE was recently unveiled in Italy sporting a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 engine, good for 780 horsepower and 560 pound-feet (759 Newton-meters) – enough oomph to propel the hypercar to 62 mph (100 kph) in a mere 2.7 seconds and up to 207 mph (333 kph).
While horsepower count – when compared to the Chiron for example – is not the most impressive by today’s standards, the IE compensates with the extensive use of carbon fiber in the body and chassis, tipping the scales at a mere 1,250 kilograms (2,756 pounds) with a 45:55 front/rear weight distribution. Apollo’s machine is also a stunner – huge front splitter, dive planes, channels along the bodywork, vents in the hood, flanks, and rear, a rear wing that seems to have been snatched from a private plane – all in the name of up to 1,350 kg (2,976 lbs) of downforce (44.5/55.5 percent front/rear)!
The model comes with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a carbon fiber front and rear subframe – with the entire tub/subframe set up weighing just 105 kg (231 lbs). There are also Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, with 380x34mm six-piston calipers up front and 380x34mm four-piston calipers at the back, as well as an F1-inspired double wishbone with full push-rod and rocker arm architecture front and back, complete with adjustable anti-roll bars and adjustable Bilstein dampers. The old school vibe is completed with the six-speed Hewland sequential gearbox with a pneumatic change that needs first gear to be engaged with an actual clutch. Just 10 units will be constructed, each costing more than 2 million British pounds.