Apollo Automobil, the European hyper-car manufacturer, proudly announces the formation of a strategic technical partnership with legendary motorsport and development specialist, HWA AG, for the final dynamic development phase of Apollo’s latest project, the Apollo “IE” Intensa Emozione. The IE is Apollo’s statement car, that represents the ethos of the brand. The IE’s philosophy is to pay homage to the glory days of the GT1 era. A time when cars were more analog and engaging. The IE is a modern day hyper-car that captures the lost emotion and fading spirit of the cars we grew up loving. A car with a soul, a car that provides the most emotional and organic driving experience in the segment today. As a result, we found it only fitting to collaborate with HWA on the final development of the car to ensure the pinnacle of performance and safety.
HWA AG was founded in 1998 as a spin-off from AMG, which was established in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht. The Company has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since April 2007. Amongst others HWA AG was established and was responsible for the legendary Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR racing car development and extensive motorsport projects. HWA produced all road-going examples of the famous GT1 car. A look at the statistics shows that HWA is also the most successful team in DTM history.
The scope of this partnership will focus on development areas such as safety, reliability, powertrain calibration, thermal dynamics, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD) 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. Apollo Chairman, Norman Choi,feels that "in the spirit of staying true to the ethos of Apollo and to the philosophy of the IE, in its efforts to pay homage to the old GT1 days, we have created a strategic technical partnership for the final development of the IE.
I have admired HWA and their accomplishments for many years and wanted to leverage the strong synergies between our teams and utilise the 20+ years of experience and competencies of HWA to make certain that the IE will properly carry on the torch as the only modern day GT1 inspired car. It will really add to the story and history of the IE.” “We are extremely proud to announce this partnership. We feel honored to be working with Apollo and confident that they have a bright future ahead, along with HWA.” - Ulrich Fritz, CEO HWA AG.
“When working on a project for such a long period of time it is difficult sometimes to articulate the scope of the project itself. I feel that this partnership will further depict how serious we are about being a true player in the segment for the long-term and the IE is just the first step. HWA’s legacy going back over 20 years has a strong reputation and offers engineering competencies that align well with our brand and vision for the future.” - Apollo General Manager & CMO, Ryan Berris.
HWA joins the world-class collective of partners that have helped make the IE a reality. The development program will carry on until later this year. Production of the IE is strictly limited to ten units with first customer deliveries expected to commence in 2019.