The Apollo Intensa Emozione, aka IE, is perhaps one of the wildest hypercars launched in recent memory and during an event in Bahrain, found itself in the company of some truly remarkable vehicles.
There were four main hypercars from years gone by which joined the Apollo as the highlights of the Supercars Club Arabia’s event at the Bahrain International Circuit: a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, a Porsche 993 GT1, a Maserati MC12, and a McLaren F1.
Whereas the Apollo IE was only unveiled roughly 18 months ago, the aforementioned hypercars have all been around for well over a decade, with the MC12 being the most modern of them all. Maserati’s supercar is based on the Ferrari Enzo and features a naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 with 621 hp and 481 lb-ft (652 Nm) of torque.
The Porsche 911 GT1 and Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR are also remarkable pieces of kit. Both were built for the FIA GT Championship and produced in limited road-legal numbers simply to meet homologation requirements.
Of the quartet of classic hypercars, the McLaren F1 is easily the most valuable and, quite possibly, most desirable. A total of just 106 units were ever built, each fitted with a naturally aspirated 6.1-liter V12 by BMW that, along with its low weight, helped it hit a top speed of 240.1 mph (386.4 km/h), which would remain the absolute record for many years.
The Apollo IE doesn’t have the history of these four, but with that design, and a 769 HP Ferrari V12, it certainly does not not look out of place.