The Ariel Hipercar - EV with a Turbine Range Extender
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The Ariel Hipercar – EV with a Turbine Range Extender

You may know them via Top Gear, when Jeremy’s face was almost ripped off. This 1180 hp Ariel Hipercar will finish that job. Ariel has a new and super extreme car that could probably become the world’s fastest 0-60 production car.

About Ariel

Ariel takes great satisfaction in their small size, the benefits it offers, the quality they can provide, and the friendships they form. At Ariel, the focus is on the people as much as the vehicles. You, the users of the cars, and them, the folks who create and construct them. No matter who you are or where you are, it’s like a large family to them. You are a part of something really special when you own an Ariel.

When speaking with anybody at Ariel, you’ll discover a passion for what they do and a knowledge that comes from a love of their work. They don’t even have an automated telephone system that requires you to push buttons; neither do they have a production line or robots. Simply traditional British talent and handcrafted craftsmanship.

Inside the Ariel Factory

One technician completes the entire assembly process for each Ariel, including the road test and individual sign-off. He won’t sign it with his name till he is content. And unlike a factory that produces goods in bulk, you can visit and watch your Ariel being built, speak to the worker who is doing it, and take part in the process. a car that was specifically created for you, in your preferred color, and for your intended use. Nothing like it will ever exist again. It’s truly distinctive how they work.

The Cosworth Turbines

The Cosworth name should ring a bell or 2… Racing, Technology, R&D and many other words come to mind and they are present at the Ariel Hipercar as well. where governments are imposing stricter emissions standards on the car sector in an effort to promote sustainability, car manufacturers are being encouraged to buy more low-carbon vehicles as a result. Car manufacturers can transition to ultra-low emission EVs with their Cat Gen without experiencing range anxiety at the user side.

Cosworth has come up with a multi-versatile jet engine, that will add an extra 47hp (35kW) and spin at 120,000rpm to the Ariel Hipercar, although it’s not clear how much range it will add. Read all about this technological wonder here or watch the short video below.

The Ariel Hipercar

The Ariel Hipercar, which stands for High-Performance Carbon Reduction, was initially intended to be completed in 2019 and this Ariel would be produced alongside the Atom, Nomad, and Ace in 2020. As you know, covid hit us all and the Hupercar also needed more time to develop any further. Grat things take time.

The Ariel Hipercar emphasis is on high performance, agility, and usefulness, together with zero and ultra-low emissions, just like other Ariel cars. The Hipercar will offer astounding performance using cutting-edge, UK-designed technology and will be manufactured in Somerset, England, by Ariel.

Not your usual car design!
Like a Batman Mobile

The Ariel Hipercar Specifications

The name “Hipercar” is not merely clever. High-Performance Carbon Reduction is what it stands for. The really absurd body structure—which is likely to remain unchanged in production—is constructed of carbon fiber, while the chassis and subframes are made of aluminum.

Power is provided by a 62-kWh battery pack from Cosworth that operates on an 800-volt system. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available to customers, with 295 hp Equipmake APM electric motors at each wheel. The all-wheel-drive version has a total output of 1180 horsepower (880 kW) and 1,800 Nm (1327 ft lb), while the rear-drive version has 581 horsepower and 664 lb-ft.

Turbine vibes
Way better than a 6-Pack

Ariel chose to use Cosworth’s CatGen turbine engine as a range extender instead of a traditional piston engine. It has roughly 47 horsepower and activates while moving to charge the batteries.

The 880kw/1180bhp lightweight Hipercar offers staggering performance with 0 – 60 times of 2.09 seconds and 0 – 100 mph in 4.4 seconds.  With full torque vectoring these times will be improved so that sub 2 second times to 60mph and sub 4 seconds to 100mph are possible.

Drive is by inboard Equipmake APM-200 motors, one per wheel, with integral inverters and single-speed step-down gearboxes direct to driven wheels. Each individual motor develops 220kW (295bhp) and 450Nm (332 ft lb) of torque.

The Ariel Hipercar - EV with a Turbine Range Extender

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