In the summer of 2017, British company Ariel Motor released the first image of its electric hypercar, capable of delivering 1,180 hp, at the Low Carbon Vehicle Show. Since then, there has been practically no new information about the project – HIPERCAR. But now, the company promises to show its achievements at the next exhibition on September 9 in Millbrook, England, according to Autoblog.
The Ariel HIPERCAR features include an engine consisting of an electric power generating gas turbine unit and four electric motors, one on each wheel. According to the company, the car accelerates from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.4 seconds, up to 150 mph (241 km/h) in 7.8 seconds, and can reach the top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).
Its four motors have a total output power of 1,180 horsepower and 1800 Nm (1330 ft-lb) of torque. The car is a Series Hybrid EV (Electric Vehicle) featuring a 750 Volt, 42 kWh lithium-ion, cooled and heated battery pack which is charged, when required, by a 35kW micro-turbine range extender.
Ariel is also looking to launch a more powered version of the model, with a larger 56 kWh battery. The HIPERCAR will be based around an aluminum folded and bonded lightweight chassis with full rollover protection; the structure features aluminum front and rear subframes carrying aluminum wishbones and outboard adjustable suspension.
Aerial promised to launch the vehicle in 2019, which didn’t happen, and now in the second half of 2020. Hopefully, we will see the vehicle this year, as promised.