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Apollo IE takes to the Lausitzring for track testing

By Chris Thompson, 09 Oct 2018 News

Apollo IE Lausitzring track testing news

Spiritual successor to the Gumpert Apollo is getting closer to production

The Apollo Automobil Intensa Emozione (or Apollo IE for short) has been track testing again as it gets closer to production.

This time, Apollo released a set of images of the two test cars (road and race configurations), giving us a good look at the design and how it looks with a racetrack – in this case the Lausitzring – as the setting.

The atmo V12 supercar has been specifically undergoing testing for its heat management and aero this round, with HWA present as development partner and motorsport guru outfit.

The Apollo IE’s V12 is actually the 6.3-litre Ferrari engine from the LaFerrari, though modified for use in the car and producing 582kW and 760Nm with a 9000rpm redline.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the car itself rather than design sketches, but now there are also a few videos getting around the web which reveal how the car will sound, and what it looks like in action.

The first is an official video by Apollo which features the IE ‘cruising’ around Cremona Circuit in Italy, about halfway between Milan and Bologna – and not far from Modena.

While many companies would rather keep these sessions under wraps, Apollo is all too happy to share, says company chair Norman Choi.

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“It is a pleasure for us to share a peak behind the scenes to the public and our many fans so they can get a better sense of the magnitude of the program and the process.”

As well as the footage from the track, and a cheeky clip from the streets of Hong Kong which shows the IE being rather raucous (above), we’ve also had a listen to the car under hard acceleration thanks to one of our go-to ‘spy video’ YouTubers, Bozzy.

He says the best runs are at 2:22 and 3:00, though we reckon the whole video is worth a watch.

Only 10 of the supercars are to be built, with further details still unconfirmed.