With the future of the European internal combustion engine looking grim, Ariel, known for their lightweight track (and offroad) machines, has announced their first electric hypercar.
Power is an eye-watering 1,180 hp and 1,327 lb-ft of torque. Those aren’t typos. 0-100 is achieved in 3.8 seconds, nearly a second quicker than a LaFerrari.
Ariel’s newest creation will come equipped with four electric motors mounted inboard at each wheel. Each motor will produce the same power as a supercharged Civic Type R engine, according to Ariel boss Simon Saunders. The motors will not only create monumental power, but they’ll only be 330mm in diameter, keeping size and weight down. With motors come batteries, and the Ariel will pack a 42kWh pack that can run up to 680 volts.
Is this just a Tesla on steroids? No.
Not only will each wheel pack a tuned Honda hatch of power, but the car will also come with a turbine range extender. That same setup was teased on the Jaguar C-X75 a few years ago, but it never saw the light of day. The turbine will be mounted above the rear motors, and the batteries will be along the spine of the car, for even weight distribution.
Ariel’s initial plans focus on the monster 4WD, and a 2WD model with 690 horsepower, by 2020.
Ariel’s project goes by the nickname “HIPERCAR”, or High-Performance Carbon Reduction, and is a joint project with Delta Motorsport and Equipmake. HIPERCAR is funded by the British government’s Innovate UK Foundation, which focuses on investing in future technology.
Will it come to pass? Flip through the photo gallery, and you’ll see it’s further than just the drawing board.