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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.

Apex AP-0 EV super sports car reveal
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.

Apex AP-0 EV super sports car side doors open
The Apex AP-0 super sports car’s scissor doors add to the sports car experience. Credit: APEX Motors
Apex AP-0 EV super sports car front view profile
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.

Apex AP-0 EV super sports car headlights
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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Lamborghini To Recall 26 Aventador SVJ’s Due To Faulty Door Locks

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Lamborghini set to recall 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadsters produced between December 2019 and January 2020 to replace a possible faulty door locking mechanism.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself the owner of a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe or Roadster, then you may also be unlucky enough to have to hand it back to your local Lamborghini Dealer….but only for a short time to check if they need to replace a possible faulty door lock.

You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini
You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini

In a Safety Recall Report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lamborghini have identified the possibility that 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadster produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may be at risk of having a faulty door locking mechanism.

 According to the report, in January 2020 during end of line quality checks Lamborghini verified a few cases of non-operative internal door handles. An internal investigation was launched to determine the root cause and results revealed there’s a 40% chance additional vehicles produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may also present with the same issue over time.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini

The defect was caused by a “non-properly trained new operator” who may not have “correctly engaged the Bowden cable pin inside the internal door handles during the manual assembly step of the components.”

The possible risk caused from this human error is that “over time the internal door handle mechanism may fail and the door cannot be unlocked from the inside, posing an entrapment risk. This failure could lead to the inability to operate the handles from inside the vehicle with a safety risk in case of emergency.”

Lamborghini did note that the outside handles operation are guaranteed by a different component and its functionality is not affected, ensuring it is still possible to open the doors normally from the outside.

Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini
Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe and Roadsters of concern for recall have a VIN range of ZHWUM6ZD4LLA09411 – ZHWUN6ZD1LLA09511 (not sequential) so if you’ve taken delivery of a Lamborghini between December 2019 and now it might be worth checking your VIN.

Lamborghini plans to notify all owners of affected vehicles between May 1 2020 – June 1 2020 and will instruct them to arrange an appointment with their authorized Lamborghini dealer so that the whole internal door handle can be replaced free of charge.

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Stephan Winklemann Explains the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport in Detail

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Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and colleagues explain the finer details of the new €3 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport revealed earlier this month.

Leading a presentation from Bugatti’s stately headquarters at the Château St. Jean and Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim earlier this month, President Stephen Winklemann was joined by Managing Director of Production and Logistics Christophe Piochon, Head of Development Stefan Ellrot and Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl as they elaborated on the aspects that make the Chiron Pur Sport what it is.

All the Bug’s lined up at Château St. Jean. Credit: Bugatti

Standing alongside the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport and Bugatti’s most recent offerings, the “Golden Era inspired” La Voiture Noir, the EB110 inspired Centodieci and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+, Stephan Winklemann introduced the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti

Speaking on the overall design, Stephan referenced the immediate visual points of difference from the original Chiron, beginning with the large rear wing and massive rear diffuser before moving onto the larger air intakes at the front of the car that help to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce.

The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti
The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti

Focusing on the wheel design, Stephan noted the wheels have “negative camber of 2.5 degrees” (meaning the bottom of the specially designed tyres sit further out than at the top), with springs 60% stiffer compared to the Chiron and gear ratio shortened by 18%, which improves the elasticity of the car by 40%. This combined with an overall weight reduction and a weight to power ratio of 1:1.8 means the Chiron Pur Sport is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds.

Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti

Commenting on the technical aspects of the Chiron Pur Sport, Bugatti’s Head of Development Stefan Ellrot drew attention to the fact that “the W16 engine has been increased maximum revs 200rpm leading to 6900rpm (in total), which fits together with the gearbox with the shortened gear ratios and all 7 gears, optimizing acceleration but more importantly, increasing the elasticity up to 40-45% which you can feel immediately when driving the car.”

Frank Heyl - Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti
Frank Heyl – Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti

Reflecting on the finer aesthetic details of the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl was quick to again emphasize “form follows performance”, noting that the front air takes of the Pur Sport have been increased and the horseshoe design enlarged significantly to make it look more aggressive while assisting aerodynamics and being careful not to detract from the overall performance.

At the rear of the car, the unmissable 1.9 meter rear wing has been designed to help counterbalance the increased downforce created by the front of the car and visually speaking, a new horizontal split has been introduced that acts to reduce the visual height of the car, making it appear lower to the ground and more streamlined.

Production of the 60 limited edition Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s is expected to begin second half of 2020 with prices starting at €3 million excluding VAT.

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New Rolls-Royce Roadster: The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection

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Rolls-Royce embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties by introducing its first Collection Car of the new decade, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.
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A profile sketch of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • New Rolls-Royce open-top roadster
  • Limited to 50 examples
  • An ode to the 1920’s

The 1920’s are frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” while in Europe they’re sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age” because of the economic boom following World War I. In France you may hear the period referred to as the “Crazy Years”.

The Roaring Twenties were a period in history of dramatic social and political change. For the first time ever, more Americans lived in cities than on farms.Some countries saw the rise of radical political movements while others had a social, artistic, and cultural explosion.

America, for one, tried to assert some control over the unruly immigrant masses who crowded the nation’s cities with the Prohibition. This was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933

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Only 50 examples of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

America’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent “consumer society.” Americans had extra money to spend and they spent it on consumer goods, with the most important consumer product of the 1920s being the automobile, as cars gave young people the freedom to go where they pleased and do what they wanted.

With the 1920’s ending, many were left with a prosperity hangover. In September and October 1929 the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street Crash occurred, marking the beginnings of the Great Depression.

100 years on from the beginning of the crazy years, 2020 finds Rolls-Royce attempting to capture the carefree attitude of those far-off days in a bold, contemporary car designed for today’s non-conformists and pleasure-seekers. The car is the first Collection Car from Rolls-Royce for the new decade and is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection aero cowling windbreak badge
The vapor blasted titanium aero cowling windbreak badge. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

This open-top roadster iteration of Rolls-Royce Dawn is designed to be like a silver bullet and features a dash in a newly commissioned ultra-metallic silver bespoke paint finish. Also greeting the driver and companion as they step in is a contemporary and unique open-pore carbon fibre fascia. Continuing to draw inspiration from the famed fashion of rebellious youth from the 1920’s, the Dawn Silver Bullet’s transmission tunnel has been quilted in a way that draws inspiration from trendy A-1 style brown leather jackets of the era while the aero cowling windbreak displays the Silver Bullet name via machined text on a vapor-blasted titanium surface.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection quilted leather transmission tunnel
The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features a quilted leather transmission tunnel. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Contrasting the car’s silver hue, The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features some dark exterior detailing with dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher which is then complimented with part-polished wheels that offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be limited to just 50 cars worldwide.

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