Ariel Motor Company, the British Car Manufacturer best known for the minimalistic, track-focused Atom, have unveiled what they believe will be the fastest accelerating supercar in history.
Forget the Bugatti Chiron, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1, the plucky British manufacturer claims the Hipercar will launch to 60mph (96 km/h) in 2.4 seconds, 100mph in 3.8 seconds and 250km/h in just 7.8 seconds. Ariel have limited the top speed of the Hipercar to a mere 260km/h, with the British firm insisting that “no-one needs to go faster”.
The turbine-electric Ariel produces a mind-altering 880kW of power and 1800nM of torque thanks to four individual electric motors, each producing 220kW. Each electric motor is powered by a 42kWh liquid-cooled battery that feeds power to each wheel and is managed by an advanced electronic traction control and torque vectoring system that utilises regenerative braking.
The Electric Ariel will be fitted with an advanced 35kW micro-turbine extender that will provide 15 minutes of hard track driving before requiring about 50 minutes of charge time. Not surprisingly, the Hipercar won’t be the most practical electric vehicle on the market with a driving range of just 160-190km.
The Ariel Hipercar is the result of increasingly stringent emission restrictions, a £2 million grant from Innovate UK, the government technology agency and a three-company co-operative effort called Hipercar – an acronym for High-Performance Carbon Reduction.
Ariel are yet to confirm pricing for the Hipercar, with first sales expected to come from the Somerset factory in 2020.
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