Elec­tric Ariel ups the ante

Som­er­set-based min now to un­leash1180bhp all-elec­tric ‘HI PER CAR’ in 2020

Evo - - NEW METAL - by Stu­art Gal­lagher

HIGH PER­FOR­MANCE CAR­BON Re­duc­tion, or in Ariel Mo­tor Com­pany speak: HIPERCAR. 1180bhp, 1330lb ft, 0- 60mph in 2.4sec, 0-100mph in 3.8sec, 0-150mph in 7.8sec and 160mph of pure- elec­tric, Som­er­set-built hypercar to take on the P1, La­fer­rari, 918 Spy­der and Ri­mac Con­cept One.

Sched­uled for pro­duc­tion in 2020 along­side Ariel’s Atom, No­mad and Ace mo­tor­cy­cle, the HIPERCAR will be avail­able with ei­ther two- or four-wheel drive. It will fea­ture a sin­gle 295bhp, 332lb ft elec­tric mo­tor on each wheel, pro­vid­ing ei­ther 590bhp (2WD) or 1180bhp (4WD). Each mo­tor will fea­ture its own gear­box.

A co­op­er­a­tive of par­ties has joined forces for the project, from pow­er­train spe­cial­ist GKN ( BMW i8 and Fo­cus RS) to Delta Mo­tor­sport and Equip­make, the last of those be­ing an elec­tric-mo­tor spe­cial­ist based a stone’s throw from Lo­tus’s Hethel base. The over­all con­sor­tium is steered by JCB and Alexan­der Den­nis, the lat­ter be­ing the maker of buses and fire en­gines. It doesn’t take a ge­nius to work out where the technology for the HIPERCAR will also be put to use.

Built around a bonded-alu­minium tub, the chas­sis will fea­ture unequal-length dou­ble wish­bones and ad­justable Bil­stein coilover sus­pen­sion. Stop­ping power will come cour­tesy of six-pis­ton calipers and 370mm discs on the front axle. Dy­mag car­bon-hy­brid wheels will be fit­ted with Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Brave pills, mean­while, will be op­tional.

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