APEX: The Secret Race Across America is a documentary film that takes viewers on a fast-paced ride through the illegal, underground world of U.S. transcontinental racing. How fast can you drive cross-country? APEX tells the true story of what happened after the Cannonball Run ended in 1979, the rise of the U.S. Express, and the seemingly unbreakable NY to LA 32 hour record set in 1983, when FBI scrutiny forced an end to the secretive races. Or did it? Decades later, two men get in a car and attempt to break the unbreakable record. Narrated by Ice-T, APEX shatters the myths surrounding the transcontinental record and shows never-before-seen footage from the Cannonball, U.S. Express and modern runs.
Alex Roy first told this story in the pages of WIRED magazine and in his book ("The Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and Truth in the Outlaw Racing World), and he told it well. But between his cameras and the amazing footage of the old Cannonballs, it was clear: this is a story that demanded a feature-length documentary treatment.
The film features interviews and footage of participants from the many eras of transcontinental racing including journalist Alex Roy (record holder/participant), SimCity creator Will Wright (record holder/participant), Indy 500 winner and racer Bobby Unser (participant), Cannonball Run writer/founder Brock Yates (record holder/participant), journalist Matt Farah, and many more. It’s narrated by legendary rapper Ice-T.
The film will premiere Sunday, October 20th at 7:30 PM ET on NBC Sports followed by a release on iTunes in December.
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Despite their obvious appeal hypercars are, by definition, so rare, so exotic, and so unobtainable for most that their true nature is widely misunderstood. This film follows their story, observing the development of a technology market that has more influence on our every day lives than we realize.
The automotive industry is in the midst of a paradigm shift as we move closer towards the balance of performance and energy conservation, with the top tier manufacturers presenting radically different solutions to this challenge. But no matter who is first to find this perfect ratio, all of humanity will reap the benefits. In examining this cascade of new technology from R&D lab, to prototype, to racetrack, to production car, we’ll learn by studying some of the big players in this game: Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Jaguar, Pagani, and Koenigsegg.
With insights from some of the most brilliant thinkers, engineers, and designers spanning multiple industries, we will step into the minds of the people who take these projects from daunting inception to the breathtaking completion that results in the birth of an awe inspiring driving machine.
Illustrating this process in detail, is a small company based in Angelholm Sweden. Its founder and namesake, Christian von Koenigsegg, has been on a quest since 1993 to change the automotive industry by building the best performance car in the world. In 2014 he reveals his latest creation, a car that will defy all reason, at the most important industry event of the year: the Geneva Motor Show. One man, one vision, one impossible ratio.
But will he succeed?