Apollo, the Chinese-backed marque that’s constructing ten insane-looking carbon fibre track cars, inspired by the GT1 racing class of the 1990s and powered by a naturally aspirated V12 good for 769bhp, has exciting news! They have got a new tech partner on board – not to mention with some serious GT1 pedigree.
Apollo has partnered with HWA AG, the German motorsports outfit that developed the Mercedes CLK-GTR which dominated the FIA GT1 class in the 1990s. HWA was originally a spin-off of Mercedes AMG itself, pertegioudly known not just in GT1, but also DTM as well.
Apollo has explained, “The scope of this [HWA] partnership will focus on development areas such as safety, reliability, powertrain calibration, and thermal dynamics, including computational fluid dynamics work to assist Apollo with its ‘Race to Road’ strategy that involves the application of learnings from the race track into the development of the dual purpose nature of the Apollo IE. This partnership gives Apollo access to HWA’s globally renowned engineering expertise, technologies and world-class facilities.”
With this being said, their previous partnership with Manifattura Automoboli Torino, makers of the New Stratos, has been terminated. An Apollo spokesman told Top Gear this was a decision based on HWA’s experience in building championship-winning racing cars, and turning them into road cars. Let’s remember, HWA built the 25 road-going CLK GTRs too. That carries a little weight.
Does this mean we can expect Apollo’s crazy Batmobile to become fully road-legal too? The company informed Top Gear that this is an option that can be considered on an individual customer basis.