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“Cyber Dragon” – World Premiere of the APEX AP-0

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APEX Motors has just unveiled its new Super Sports EV concept, the APEX AP-0 and nicknamed it the Cyber Dragon.
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Apex AP-0 all electric super sports car. Credit: APEX Motors

Like many other automakers, new company APEX Motors were set to launch their new electric sports car concept at the now cancelled Geneva Motor Show.

The re-scheduled launch of their project known as the APEX AP-0 happened at 4pm GMT on March 13, 2020 via the company’s YouTube channel.

The company behind this fully electric sports car concept is the Hong Kong owned APEX Motors, a company founded by brothers Jason Leung and Gary Leung which was launched in December 2019 with a grand event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong.

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Apex AP-0 EV super sports car reveal. Credit: APEX Motors

While a Hong Kong owned company, all design, development and manufacture of the APEX cars is conducted back in the UK.

Leading the design of the AP-0 super sports EV concept is UK designer Guy Colborne, who has previously worked as a car designer for brands like BMW, Pininfarina and Ford. Guy Colborne was also the lead designer of car company Elemental that produced the car concept RP1.

APEX Motors initially started by creating a character for the AP-0, which would become the design theme of the project. The dragon was chosen, symbolising good fortune and wealth, and so esteemed that during later Chinese imperial history, the Emperor of China was the only one permitted to have dragons on his house, clothing, or personal articles.

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The Apex AP-0 super sports car’s scissor doors add to the sports car experience. Credit: APEX Motors
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The Apex AP-0 EV’s ‘dragon’ like face. Credit: APEX Motors

With the APEX AP-0 Guy has given the EV a ‘dragon face’ and it is particularly evident looking into the AP-0’s headlights or ‘eyes’ which are highlighted with a stylish halo light that seems to chase around the main iris of the light. With the integration of technology and character APEX have nicknamed the AP-0 the Cyber Dragon.

Moving around to the side of the car, fins or dragon like scales subtly protrude from the front wheel arches containing the Ap-0’s rear view cameras, eliminating the need for old world mirrors. The side of the car also reveals the cars lightweight structured carbon fibre chassis which has then been partially overlaid with a more free flowing shape to continue the flow of the dragon’s body. APEX are making great progress in showing, that through great design, EV’s can and should be exciting.

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Headlights that enhance the AP-0’s dragon character. Credit: APEX Motors

Technologically speaking, APEX have centred on a core theme of connectivity. With autonomous cars being talked of more each year APEX have placed a LiDAR system as one of the AP-0’s primary tech for the car’s autonomy. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging and is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure variable distances to the car’s surrounds. Instead of trying to hide this system, APEX have embraced it and have used it to form part of the AP-0’s character with it leading the car’s tail like fin. This fin trailing all the way to the rear of the car has also created an opportunity to design a unique taillight shape in the form of a cross or sword which has also been embraced by the company for their logo.

Apex AP-0 EV super sports car autonomous LiDAR system
The Apex AP-0’s LiDAR system for autonomous driving on the roof. Credit: APEX Motors
Apex AP-0 EV super sports car rear profile taillight
Apex AP-0 EV taillight reflects the company logo. Credit: APEX Motors

Opening the scissor doors draws you inside towards the two seats that are designed with a feet up position much like a Formula 1 car. Apart from heightening the driving experience this positioning also goes towards keeping the AP-0’s centre of gravity as low as possible and helping the car’s under floor aerodynamic design. A low centre of gravity is also helped by floor mounting the AP-0’s 90 kWh battery pack. Looking forward, touchscreens are used to keep the functionality simple however traditional switches and features are found on the steering wheel to make access to the most used features immediately available.

Apex AP-0 EV super sports car instrument panel touchscreens and steering wheel
The Apex AP-0 instrument panel touchscreens and steering wheel. Credit: APEX Motors
Apex AP-0 EV super sports car seats interior
AP-0 has feet up positioned seats similar to F1 cars. Credit: APEX Motors

The AP-0 produces 650bhp and with a kerb weight of 1200kg the car is said to produce a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) time of just 2.3 seconds with a top speed of 190mph. The range of the AP-0 is said to be 320 miles on a single charge and with a CCS charger you can achieve an 80% charge in under 15 minutes.

The APEX AP-0 is expected to retail for around £150,000 + local taxes.

“To us, an automobile is not just a transportation, but also a form of experience and enjoyment”.

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Ares Design Reveals New Porsche 911 964 Turbo Restomod

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Luxury coachbuilder ARES Design Modena has revealed their latest project – a one-off restomod based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.
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The one-off Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES restomod. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Coming off the back of a big year that saw ARES Design Modena release their first-ever wholly designed supercars (the S1 Project and S1 Project Spyder), ARES has started 2021 strong with the reveal of a new one-off restomod project based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Side View
A new modified ducktail spoiler and Fuchs-inspired wheels offer a retro feel. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Launched in 1991, the Porsche 964 Turbo took some time to fans over (thanks in part to the 930 that bore the Turbo badge before it) but eventually found a place in the hearts of enthusiasts largely thanks to the unmissable whale-tail spoiler.

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Based on the 1991 Porsche 911 964 Turbo. Credit: ARES Design Modena

For this one-off design project, ARES Design Modena has refined the exterior of the 911 964 Turbo by modifying the ducktail spoiler and added new Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels (made famous by the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the 1970s) for a retro feel. Meanwhile, under the hood, the Italian luxury coachbuilder has modified the 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with a more powerful turbine and intercooler to produce an upgraded 425Hp.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Rear View
Featuring a modified 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine. Credit ARES Design Modena

Inside, the cabin has been refitted with new leather and tartan houndstooth upholstery (inspired by historic Porsche race cars) along with new gauges and a PCCM infotainment system specially designed for classic Porsches.

As a one-off project, no price has been released for the Porsche 911 964 by ARES, but interested Porsche owners are welcome to contact ARES Design Modena for their own custom restomod quote.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES interior
Historic racing Porsche inspired Houndstooth interior. Credit: ARES Design Modena
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Fuch-inspired Wheel
Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels. Credit: ARES Design Modena

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First US Deliveries of the McLaren Sabre Revealed

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The first deliveries of the new US-only McLaren Sabre hypercar have begun with a papaya orange, blue and Malboro-themed model making an appearance.
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MRJWW with McLaren Global Sales Manager Neil Underwood. Credit: MRJWW

The first deliveries of the new US-only McLaren Sabre hypercar have begun, with a few already having been captured on camera recently like this one revealed by MRJWW.

With a twin-turbo V8 engine producing 824bhp and 590lt ft and a top speed of 218mph, the twin-turbo V8 McLaren Sabre is the fastest and most powerful non-hybrid two-seater production car to date and has been homologated especially for US federal standards.

Developed under the code name “BC-03”, the new bespoke hypercar is a special 1 of 15 model that was created purely for a small group of West-Coast North American McLaren clients who desired a “show car made for the road” or as Neil Underwood Global Sales Manager of McLaren Special Operations describes the client’s request “ a car that has an enormous presence on the road but also wouldn’t look out of place on the concept lawn at Pebble Beach.”

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Side view of the new McLaren Sabre. Credit: MRJWW

Collaborating directly with the McLaren Special Operations (MSO) team for just under two years, the owners took an active part in developing the McLaren Sabre and were even given the opportunity to drive the test mule to ensure the owners were able to fully customize every aspect of the vehicle to their liking, before final delivery.

MrJWW McLaren Sabre Wheel
Special cut wheel blades from a single piece of metal. Credit: MRJWW

With the McLaren Sabre explicitly designed for the US market, the designers at MSO did not have to adhere to the lengthy specifications for global registration and were afforded a few more freedoms in design. Many aspects of motorsport racing have also been incorporated into the McLaren Saber design, with features like the central dorsal fin and a prominent front splitter included and, for the first time on a McLaren, a large active rear diffuser.

The first deliveries to make an appearance have included a Malboro themed McLaren Sabre at the McLaren Beverly Hills showroom, supercar collectors @sparky18888/@VTM_theking_4 bright papaya orange Sabre and @thetriplefcollection’s carbon modica blue edition as seen below.

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Singer Vehicle Design Collaborates With Richard Tuthill On ACS Rally Porsche 964

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Singer Vehicle Design and rally specialist Richard Tuthill have joined forces to create two exceptional ACS rally Type 964 Porsche 911’s at the request of a client.
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A collaboration between Singer Vehicle Design and Richard Tuthill. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Californian-based Singer Vehicle Design is known for some of the most unique and tasteful Porsche re-mods, and their latest ACS rally-style Porsche restorations created at the request of a long-term client are no different.

Singer Porsche ACS Side View Jump
The Singer ACS in motion. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Partnering with UK based off-road competition specialist Richard Tuthill who has been rallying for decades and most recently won the 5000km 2019 East African Safari classic, Singer looked to the golden era of the 1980’s rally racing for inspiration to create their first-ever “motorsport-specification” restoration on a client’s 1990’s Type 964 Porsche 911s.

Led by Singer’s Design Office in California, a unique “All-terrain Competition Study” was undertaken as a collaboration between Singer Vehicle Design and Tuthill Porsche to ensure the client’s modified vehicles would be able capable of competing in off-road racing as well being able to demonstrate extensive all-terrain exploration capabilities.

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The result of the All-terrain Competition Study. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

With assembly of the vehicles occurring at Tuthill’s UK facility in Oxfordshire, the result was two different vehicles – the “Parallax White” version, which focuses on high-speed desert rallying, and the “Corsica Red” version, which has been configured for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events.

“So much of what we’ve done for the last decade has been inspired by Porsche’s competition success and the All-terrain Competition Study provides us the opportunity to showcase that idea literally and vividly,” shared Rob Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman of Singer Group.

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Singer Porsche ACS Beach Driving 3

“We at Singer are motorsport nerds in our hearts and demonstrating our understanding of the discipline required our off-road vision to display deeply legitimate competition credentials from the structural engineering, to the bodywork ethos, to the mechanical package. We’ve taken particular inspiration from the iconic Rothmans-sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959s that conquered events like the Qatar International Rally and Paris-Dakar in the mid-‘80s and, at the request of our client, have reimagined these all-terrain 911’s in their honor while utilizing fresh perspectives and state of the art know-how.

Singer Porsche ACS Beach Rear
Inspired by the Rothman sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959’s. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

As is our habit, we chose to tackle our subject thoroughly, and we are proud to have found the best in the world -always our ambition –to help us reach our goals. Like Williams Advanced Engineering before them with the Dynamics & Lightweighting Study, Richard Tuthill and his incredible team have allowed us to bring our vision for the All-terrain Competition Study to life in the most spectacular way. We feel confident this machine can appeal to off-roading enthusiasm of all kinds, whether it be in the pursuit of professional competition at the highest level of adventure and exploration. ACS advances Singer’s capabilities in forced-induction, all-wheel-drive, off-road ability and dynamic response -all of which will support our ongoing mission. This pursuit of focused competition studies is something you will see more of from us in the future.”

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Racing interior of the Singer Porsche ACS design. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Both Singer Vehicle resto-mods have dramatically increased the ride height, suspension travel, and overall strength. Carbon fiber body paneling has also been incorporated to ensure quick replacement can be achieved under rallying conditions, and the addition of a long-range fuel tank, an FIA approved roll cage, and two full-sized spare wheels guarantee’s the rally-specific vehicle means serious business.

Singer Porsche ACS Rally Editions
Singer Porsche ACS Editions: Corsica Red (Tarmac) and Parallax White (Rally). Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

In terms of engine power, the Singer Vehicle ACS Porsche 911 features a twin-turbo 3.6-liter “Mezger” engine capable of producing 450hp and 420lb-ft torque and combines with a flat-shifting five-speed sequential gearbox.

Singer Porsche ACS Tarmac Rear
The tarmac edition for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

While most of Singer Vehicles restoration’s are one-off designs, the commissioning owner of the two ACS restorations has kindly agreed to share the results of the “All-terrain Competition Study” with other clients who would like a Singer off-road design of their own.

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