Gullwing doors, an aggressive aero package and four electric motors producing 295 horsepower and 332 ft lb of torque each, for a combined output of 1180 horsepower and an equally bonkers 1327 ft lb, available from 1 rpm. That's just nuts—and it's exactly what you'll get from Ariel's new hybrid machine.
And while the new Ariel, developed under the "HIPERCAR" codename, will be restricted to a maximum speed of 160 mph, in any other performance measure it should out-flex any supercar around when it launches in 2020.
As reported yesterday, the top dog four-wheel drive car will reach 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, followed by 100 mph at 3.8 and 150 mph at 7.8. Ariel is also planning to build a rear-wheel drive version with a modest 590 horsepower, which will have a 42 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack hiding in its floor, while the AWD car gets a 56 kWh unit.
Both cars feature a 47-horsepower gasoline-powered micro-turbine range extender on top of the rear motors, which will give the EV all the range a high-performance vehicle needs. This unit and the car's high and low voltage charging architecture were developed by the UK's Delta Motorsport, while the car's motors and gearbox come from a company called Equipmake.
Unlike most Ariel offerings, this EV will wear full bodywork and forged composite wheels, while the chassis is a brand new aluminum-intensive folded and bonded lightweight design with full rollover protection. The subframes carry aluminum wishbones and outboard adjustable suspension, while the rear rubber will be 325 width, which kind of says it all.
Ariel, maker of the screaming Atom, the muddy Nomad and , gets help from the British government on the hybrid performance front, so that their so-far-unnamed über-EV can act as a launchpad for UK-developed technology. It's everybody's game now, as traditional suppliers are struggling to catch up to innovators like Rimac or Williams Advanced Engineering in the electric drive field.
A 1180 horsepower sports car is our kind of way to promote a country's technology.