Ariel prepping 879kW electric hypercar

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 23, 2017

Ariel, maker of the incredible Atom (seen above) and Nomad, is reportedly working on a mind-blowing, two-seat electric hypercar.

It will use lightweight materials, including an aluminum monocoque with carbon fiber body panels.

Unlike the Rimac, the Ariel P40 will get a turbine range-extender mounted on top of its two rear electric motors. The sprint to 60 miles per hour is pegged at 2.4 seconds and to reach 150 miles per hour will take 7.8 seconds.

Developed under the codename "P40", the new Ariel model is scheduled to enter production in 2020, and will be revealed later this month. To put its targeted 3.8-second 0-100 miles per hour run into perspective, a LaFerrari-the quickest auto R&T has ever tested-takes 4.7 seconds to do the same.

The P40 is powered by four separate electric motors, each producing 295bhp. Ariel figures the auto will make it for about 15 minutes of fast lapping at the track before needing about 50 minutes of charging time. The liquid-cooled battery will be situated low in the auto, which should help handling and stability.

The four electric motors will make 1328 lb-ft of torque and use a fancy thrust and torque vectoring system to distribute that torque and limit wheel spin.

Ariel, based in Crewkerne, Somerset, is best known for making lightweight performance machines such as the Atom sports auto and Nomad off-roader.

"We're building tomorrow's aspirational auto using our small-company agility to beat the big companies", Ariel founder Simon Saunders told Autocar. We are sure it will be radical but we don't know if it will be open-wheeled like the Ariel Atom or the Nomad. The chassis and powertrain is reportedly the work of a three-company partnership labeled Hipercar - an acronym for High-Performance Carbon Reduction, even supported by the British authorities.

For full details of the revolutionary Ariel P40 project check out this week's Autocar magazine, on sale tomorrow (Wednesday). You can also buy it as a digital edition online here, or by searching for Autocar in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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