Exclusive: Apollo IE will be tuned by ex-AMG brains behind insane CLK-GTR
Apollo has revealed that the Apollo IE 'GT1 car for the road' will have its final dynamic development carried out by the same AMG spin-off that developed the iconic Mercedes CLK-GTR of the late 90s.
The team behind the Apollo IE have joined forced with German engineering firm HWA to ensure their mad-looking new hypercar has the handling and performance needed to live up to both its looks and its claim of bringing GT1-level performance to the road and track.
If you're lucky enough to remember how insane the CLK-GTR (right) was, you'll know what a big deal this is for Apollo
HWA – who they?
HWA – named after founder Hans Werner Aufrecht – is an engineering firm that until 1998 was part of AMG. It was responsible for lots of the brand's race programmes and creating all the road-going versions of the Mercedes CLK-GTR Le Mans car, which means it's probably the right company to be entrusted with the Apollo IE's dynamic development and intent to bring back the glory days of GT1 cars.
That's not all HWA have accomplished though – they're the most successful DTM (German Touring Car) team in history, and will give the Apollo team access to their facilities, colouring pencils and team of engineering geniuses. HWA will take on a lot of testing for Apollo including the safety, aerodynamics and reliability.
How will the Apollo IE drive?
The short answer is we don't know, but Apollo's press release reassures us that there's a focus on making it feel "emotional and organic" – perhaps a swipe at some more electronically assisted hypercars that we've seen lately.
Sounds awesome – I'll take two…
Sorry, Apollo is only making 10 IEs. And they're all spoken for. First customer cars will be delivered in 2019, so you have a year to work on making some new friends in high places. Give us a shout in the comments if you're up for a passenger ride.
Aerodynamics have moved on a bit, haven't they?