Until now, the Ariel Motor Company has not followed the traditional car building principles, and its as yet unnamed coupe – Hipercar is the project name – is also following its own path. Let’s start with the appearance, which makes the car particularly striking. In this regard, Simon Saunders, the head of the company, notes only that many more traditional and aerodynamically optimal solutions were prepared, but they were rejected because they were not bold enough. There will be so many changes that the body elements of the prototype were still made with 3D printing, the series version will get a carbon exterior made using a traditional process.
This time, they do not use a space frame made of steel tubes, but a monocoque frame made of aluminum partially by gluing, to which replaceable front and rear energy absorbing parts are connected. The battery with a capacity of 62.2 kWh is installed under the floor, each wheel has 1 drive motor, the power electronics and the majority of the cooling system with a total of 10 circuits (!) are located in the nose, the gas turbine used as a range extender is installed behind the seats, which is 35 kW can fill the battery with performance.
A drive motor can produce 299 hp and 450 Nm, so the system output is 1,196 hp and 1,800 Nm, which easily moves the 1,546 kg body. The 0-96 km/h acceleration takes only 2.06 seconds, the Ariel Hipercar runs from 0-160 km/h in 4.42 seconds, the 96-193 km/h sprint takes only 3.51 seconds! Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. After that, it’s no wonder that with a capacity of 62.2 kWh they promise a range of only 241 km, although there is a gas turbine range extender made by Cosworth. The latter is lighter and smaller than a conventional internal combustion engine, and can be used with a variety of fuels – even hydrogen.
According to the current situation, Ariel is homologating its as-yet-unnamed coupe in Europe and Australia, but it will not be officially available for purchase in the rest of the world. Regarding the purchase price, the starting price below 1 million pounds was mentioned, later there will be a cheaper, two-wheel drive version with 590 horsepower and a curb weight of 1,445 kg. Of course, this is still the music of the future, the manufactory still has one and a half to two years of work before serial production.
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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