Upstart automaker Apollo has revealed its latest supercar, a 769-hp machine it quite aptly calls the Intensa Emozione.
If Apollo seems like a familiar name, that’s because it was last attached to a sports car sold by Germany’s Gumpert. They folded in 2013 before being purchased by a Hong Kong-based consortium that has given the carmaker a second chance, without its original founder and namesake, Roland Gumpert.
The Apollo’s body and mechanicals are bolted to a carbon-fibre structure the company says weights just 105 kg. Factor in the rest of the car (including a red interior lit up like a gaudy brothel in Apollo’s press images) and the curb weight adds up to 1,250 kg, a far cry from a true lightweight like the Lotus Elise but still impressive when you consider what lives in the Intensa Emozione’s engine bay.
That would be a naturally-aspirated V12 good for 769 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, which gives the car a power-to-weight ratio of 615 hp per tonne. Whoa.
Apollo says the IE will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds – faster than a McLaren P1 – and reach a top speed of nearly 335 km/h.
But even more impressive are Apollo’s claims the IE’s maximum cornering grip is equal to two times the force of gravity and that as the car nears its top speed all that wild aero generates more than the car’s curb weight – 1,350 kg – in downforce.
Apollo’s chairman, Norman Choi, said the company opted against a hybrid powertrain because it wanted to preserve the “pure, raw emotional connection between driver and car,” something he believes high-tech, electrified hypercars can’t deliver.
In case it needs to be said, the Intensa Emozione is a track-only car, but there is the possibility that a road-going version may follow: Apollo showed a concept called the Arrow at the 2016 Geneva auto show, a car whose production version was said would come in both track and road-legal versions, which has lead to speculation the automaker may make a similar promise here.
Don’t expect the Intensa Emozione to fit every budget: based on current exchange rates, the car’s price works out to nearly $3.5 million CDN.