Like most auto enthusiasts, we love hypercars. They represent the epitome of what we as humans can do with the automobile. They’re characterized by what kind of sounds they make and their absurd designs that evoke a visceral response. Almost every enthusiast can rattle off their numbers, yet few understand or appreciate what truly goes into building these glorious machines, or the absolute devotion that engineers put into the every minutiae of hypercars. APEX: The Story of the Hypercar gives you an up-close look at that appreciation.
Produced by Tangent Vector, the people behind /Drive, APEX is a love letter to not just the hypercar, but to the automobile overall. There are other movies out there that start with a similar premise, but APEX sets itself above the rest by the same attention to detail as the engineers of these hypercars impart into their machines. The film, and indeed the cars it showcases, is beautiful to behold. Each shot, each note of the score, and every word of the narration, all come together to build a film that will sends shivers down your spine.
While APEX follows the journey of Koenigsegg and the company’s trials and tribulations with the wildly powerful One:1, it seamlessly weaves in the backstories behind the cadre of other hypercars that are all competing with each other to be the definitive supercar. Pagani, Ferrari, Porsche, Koenigsegg and McLaren all litter that top tier, and each has done something truly unique with each design. No two cars are the same, yet all chase that same goal of being the ultimate expression of what a car can be.
Where the film truly excels is when both Christian von Koenigsegg and Horacio Pagani are on screen. Unlike the corporate appearance of what people call the “holy trinity” of super- and hypercars — Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren — Koenigsegg and Pagani are artisans. They build hypercars not because it’s going to make them tons of money like the other three, but because they appreciate a certain joy in both engineering and art. Indeed, Pagani sees his creations not as cars, but as mechanical sculptures, things more in tune with a finely-crafted watch than that of a Toyota Prius.
The story however, focuses on Koenigsegg, and the engineering geniuses behind the small Swedish company. If you wanted a Koenigsegg before, you’ll be planning an “Ocean’s 11”-style heist after watching this film, we know we are. This company, the brainchild of Christian von Koenigsegg, could have been just another fly-by-night supercar manufacturer that produces pure vaporware. Yet, it’s still here, producing some of the most entertainingly psychotic hypercars on the planet.
APEX proves that all the naysayers about the doom of the automobile are wrong. It proves that there is still a massive hunger for speed and noise and tactile experiences. That not everyone wants a Tesla. That not everyone would give up their keys for autopilot. That not everyone believes speed kills. APEX was made for enthusiasts to bask in the absurdity of the hypercar and it’s a definite must watch.
You can download APEX: The Story of the Hypercar on iTunes, while Amazon and Google releases will be announced soon. Take a look at the film’s trailer below.