Apollo is offering the IE hypercar with a 1000bhp, 11,000rpm V12
Despite the fact that no official tests have taken place of the Apollo IE, its sound and statistics are etched onto the walls of every car lover’s soul. With a 6.3L naturally aspirated V12 derived from the Ferrari F12, Apollo completely rework and improve it to produce 780bhp, and reach a sonically orgasmic 9,000rpm redline. In this state of tune, it really is a sensational hypercar - but Apollo being the generous chaps that they are, they also offer the IE in a much more powerful form.
In an interview with Carfection’s Alex Goy, Apollo’s general manager Ryan Berris said: “At an additional cost that the client wishes, we can do further development work on the engine to extract 1000 horsepower, still being naturally aspirated. The engine would rev to over 11,000rpm, and would have a compression ratio of 16.5:1.”. Yes, I’ve just gone slightly faint, too.
While developing a Ferrari engine to produce 1000 horsepower isn’t anything new, usually it requires the use of a turbocharger or four. As Berris stated however, the Apollo will retain normal aspiration - and if that 11,000rpm is anything to go by, it’ll be to stunning effect. While the innovators of the world will turn their noses up at this, there’s a very good reason why Apollo refuse to use turbochargers.
During the same Carfection interview, Berris said: “This is not meant to be a numbers car. This car, it’s philosophy is to pay homage to the old GT1 days, to be an analogue car that’s an emotional experience to drive on every level.”. While the claim that it’s not a numbers car is one that contradicts the 1000 horsepower and 11,000rpm numbers associated with it, all in all, the IE in this tune sounds like a gift from the Gods.
One thing Berris omits to mention is the price of this 1000 horsepower upgrade. With the “regular” IE coming in at $2.7million, we can safely presume that anyone who can afford to buy it can probably afford to go for the more powerful engine - no matter how expensive it may be.
You can watch the Carfection video above. Before you click play however, be sure to let me know in the comments what you think of this upgrade, and if you’d opt for it if you were in the position to buy an IE. We can but dream.
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