It’s not typically that Ariel releases one thing new, however immediately we get to introduce to you the Ariel HIPERCAR. No, it’s not technically a hypercar, however the acceleration and expertise it incorporates would possibly make you suppose it’s one.
As an alternative of a conventional V8 or four-cylinder engine just like the Ariel Atom presently employs, this new automobile can be powered by electrical motors placing down a foolish 1,180 hp and 1,327 lb-ft of torque. To quell vary anxiousness, Ariel combines these electrical motors with a 35-kW micro-turbine gasoline vary extender. Consider it as an insane Chevy Volt powertrain however with a jet engine as an alternative of a gasoline setup — see, hybrid expertise will be cool, too.
Ariel’s minimalism can be mixed with a excessive tech powertrain for its new automobile.
This EV sports activities (tremendous?) automobile will get to 60 mph in a scant 2.four seconds and all the best way to 100 mph in simply three.eight seconds. The 160-mph prime velocity would possibly upset some Autobahn people, however a loopy supercar prime finish simply isn’t a actuality for the one-speed step-down gearbox within the Ariel. Anticipate each four-wheel- and rear-wheel-drive variants of the HIPERCAR. You’ll be caught with a meager 590 hp for those who go for rear-wheel drive, and take into account these acceleration figures are just for the four-wheel-drive fashions. The electrical motors get energy from a heated and cooled 750-volt, 56-kWh or 42-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, relying on configuration.
One would possibly count on this Ariel to be wildly heavy due to the batteries, however your entire physique can be constructed out of aluminum, together with the suspension — a curb weight hasn’t been shared. Bilstein dampers ought to hold issues stiff and underneath management, whereas the automobile rides on both cast or carbon composite 20-inch entrance and 21-inch rear wheels. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires present the grip with 265 in entrance and 325 out again.
Regenerative braking will get trashed in favor of “really feel and consistency” of the brake pedal in any respect states of battery cost. Six-piston AP Racing calipers clamp down on the entrance rotors, and four-piston models do the work within the rear. We received’t see a full-bodied model of the automobile but, however Ariel says the sports activities automobile may have extra enclosed surfaces than the Atom and the Nomad. Ariel claims “that is the primary true electrical supercar that may cross continents, drive to city and lap a racetrack.”
The automobile’s full launch is in 2019, with manufacturing starting shortly thereafter in 2020, so we’ll simply have to attend and see what the British sports activities automobile firm can pull off with its first crack at an electrical.