Take a look at the Apollo Evo. No, take a good, long look. Is this insane or what? So, what is Apollo and where is this coming from? It is an offshoot of the former Grumport Intensa Emozone. Now, the hypercar is rebranded as Apollo Automobili.
The Grumport Intensa Emozone was the starting point for the Apollo EVO
It has morphed the earlier Intensa Emozone into this Apollo creation. And the Emozone was extreme, but still recognizable as a road-going race car. So this latest iteration had to be more radical. More insane, and it is. The Apollo EVO goes far beyond what the IE was.
If you stand back and look at this thing, especially from the rear, it is a mix of fins and jutting panels, with a body that cuts in and out. It’s a cross between an F35 fighter jet, a Transformer, and a car. Visually, it really does seem more like an F35 with wheels rather than a car with fins and wings.
Engineers from HWA AG helped create the Apollo EVO
The Apollo EVO was unveiled at the 2021 International Import Expo in Shanghai, China. Based in Germany, the EVO takes everything to the extreme. The monocoque body is made from carbon fiber. Engineering was handled by HWA AG, the same group that brought us the Mercedes CLK GTR. So it is the real deal and not a show pony.
Details on the EVO are a bit oblique as of now, but proclamations abound. Power comes from a “naturally aspirated powertrain.” It is “equipped with a “handling package developed by the world’s best automotive engineers.” The engine will “deliver raw power and a visceral mechanical soundtrack unavailable elsewhere in the contemporary and historical hypercar world.” See what we mean.
Right now, many aspects of the EVO remain a mystery
Without specs, both performance and handling remain a mystery. Expectations are that, like its predecessor, it will be a track-only car. The IE morphed GT1, GT3, and LMP class race cars. The EVO adds spaceship overtones.
As a concept, there is a lot of meat to chew, and a lot of inspiration to be taken. Assuming that the body features, wings, fins, and vents were sorted out on a computer simulation, we’d like to think once in production there won’t be much deviation.
Is this the future of race car design?
Whether it will influence future race car design is anybody’s guess. We’d like to think so. But it is definitely pushing lots of buttons for anyone that loves radical directions.
How much it will set one back is also not available. The IE was slated to be around $2.7 million. Expect the EVO to top $3 million.