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Apollo Intensa Emozione a $2.7 million “experience” on his way for the production thanks to HWA AG


We have already reviewed in depth this amazing peace of design and engineering and the post has been extremely successful with more than 1.4K views!

Our excitement has been over the edge when we saw the real car at his launch at read more about “Goodwood Festival of Speed” on 2018 and now… we have the pleasure to know that the project is on his way to the production! Enjoy the press release!

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Key Points

  • Apollo IE has been co-developed with HWA AG, renowned motorsport and development specialist who amongst others was responsible for the legendary Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR and its motorsport activities.
  • Apollo IE to be built by HWA AG in the same facility that all other HWA motorsport cars were produced.
  • Production IE features new all-carbon fiber chassis, including mono-cell rollover protection.
  • New chassis is hand-built and co-developed with Apollo, HWA AG and Capricorn Group. 
  • New chassis is built to meet and partly exceed respective FIA LMP2 safety requirements.
  • Capricorn Group to produce monocoques and are responsible for producing world-class chassis’s such as the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 LMP1 monocoque. Capricorn’s successes can be found here.
  • Apollo IE first production car to feature full fire suppressant system and fuel cells integrated into monocoque.
  • First customer deliveries and press drives will commence this summer. 

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The Story

“The Apollo IE is our passion project.  Our favorite days were the GT1 days of the 90’s and we felt analog cars of this nature would never be produced again so we pursued our vision and in complete secrecy, we designed and built the car of our dreams to pay a modern tribute to this era and most notably, the CLK-GTR, the most successful GT1 car of all-time.

“In the relentless pursuit of perfection we took it a step further and created a strategic technical partnership with HWA AG.  HWA stands for the initials of Hans Werner Aufrecht, the founder of AMG.”  -Norman Choi, Apollo Chairman.”

For us, it is simple, we either do things the right way or not at all.  The depth and historical significance of the Apollo IE program will stand the test of time, a car with true meaning, a car with a soul.  Since the cars debuted at the end of 2017, an extensive development program has been conducted with HWA ahead of production.  We are now pleased to provide additional color on the extent of the updates to the production car and to further articulate the extremes in which we went to execute with perfection, down to the most minute detail.


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“As part of our partnership with HWA we made a prudent and strategic long-term decision to discard our original carbon chassis to make certain that we adhered to the highest safety standards that are at the cutting edge of technology and would permit use in future applications, leaving the door open for potential competition participation.  The recently announced hyper-car class by the FIA and ACO is  certainly of interest and something we are currently investigating as we await the final regulations,” -Ryan Berris, Apollo General Manager and CMO.

The all-new Apollo IE platform, features the first all-carbon fiber production chassis of its kind, consisting not only of the monocoque, but subframes and crash structures. The new chassis has been engineered to meet and to partly exceed respective FIA LMP2 safety requirements and features a carbon mono-cell which provides occupant protection without the requirement for a roll-cage.  Key features of the new chassis are its modular design, increased safety, increased torsional rigidity,  symmetrical design (offered in both left and right-right-hand configurations) and weight reduction versus the prototype platform.

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Our new chassis is hand-built using a high-quality prepreg-autoclave and the most advanced carbon fiber technology.  The ethos for the car has always been an analog car in a digital world and this pertains not only to the driving experience, but also the hand-crafted nature of every aspect of the car.  

Chassis Partner

A joint effort, the new chassis was co-developed with Apollo, HWA AG and Capricorn Group.  Capricorn is a specialist supplier in the automotive industry with six production facilities in four countries across Europe and their headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Capricorn will produce the Apollo IE chassis and are responsible for producing world-class chassis’s such as the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 LMP1 monocoque.  

Redesigned Door Internals for

Side Impact Protection

We completely redesigned the internals of the doors adding improved reinforcement structures to provide increased safety in the event of a side impact.

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Door Hinge Safety System

The production IE features a new hinge system co-developed with HWA AG which features a manually actuated hinge system that will disengage the doors in the event of a rollover.

Fuel System Integrated into Monocoque 

The production Apollo IE features an innovative fuel storage center which is now integrated directly into the monocoque.  The fuel cell resides within a carbon/kevlar safety cell which is designed to ensure the highest level of safety and prevention of fuel cell punctures in the event of an impact.

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Fire Suppressant Systems

In the spirit of keeping safety as paramount, we felt that super/hyper-car fires are becoming increasingly prevalent and pose a risk for occupants and innocent bystanders.  We strived to find a solution that would address this potential issue and are pleased to say that we have developed and integrated a fire suppressant system. The fire suppressant system, which will initiate manually by the driver/occupant, protects both the cockpit and the engine bay.  Both systems remain concealed as not to disrupt the aesthetics nor ergonomics. 

Suspension / Steering System

The production IE features an entirely new suspension setup with improved kinematics and weight balance as well as a new and improved steering system.

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Aero / Thermal Dynamics

During our development program we were able to greatly enhance the aerodynamic efficiency, aero balance and thermal dynamics of the car to achieve optimum performance whilst ensuring stability under all conditions for the driver.  Improvements in cooling have also been made throughout the engine bay and braking system.  For the brakes, we optimized the cooling for both setups that come with the car, our Brembo carbon ceramics and AP racing steel brakes (for heavy track use).  Regardless of the use case, we have tested and revised the setup to provide sustainable durability and performance.

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An extensive development program has been conducted on the production IE powertrain and with HWA we have re-calibrated the setup for our specific application utilizing transient dynamometer testing.   The transient dyno allowed us to run dynamic test cycles utilizing the entire powertrain for prolonged periods while simulating various race tracks around the globe.  This process helped optimize the overall performance of the engine, gearbox refinement and test the longevity of the final application.


The final production IE features an all new interior with a sport or race-seating system with increased support and ability to modify support for specific purposes depending upon the drivers preferred configuration, amongst other upgrades.  The new interior will be revealed upon first customer delivery.

Production Announcement 

Further strengthening the Apollo IE project story, we are pleased to announce that the final production of the IE will be conducted by HWA AG, in the same facility that all other HWA motorsport cars were produced. First customer deliveries and press drives will commence this summer.

Raffaele Schiavullo
the authorRaffaele Schiavullo
ADMINISTRATOR - Senior 3D/Virtual Reality Specialist and Automotive HMI developer - Working in London and "insanely" passionate about technology and its creative applications


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