Meet Ariel Hipercar, a 1,200-PS gas-turbine track weapon for the road

04-09-2022 11:00
British automotive marque Ariel has opened pre-orders for its first hypercar, provisionally dubbed the Hipercar. Carscoops points out that the company receives public grants for the project and plans to spend around two years developing it.

British automotive marque Ariel has opened pre-orders for its first hypercar, provisionally dubbed the Hipercar. Carscoops points out that the company receives public grants for the project and plans to spend around two years developing it.

The car features an original exterior underpinned by aluminum monocoque and subframes encased in carbon-fiber bodywork. The design is rather complicated by modern standards, with numerous deflectors and diffusers, edges, lines, elaborate wheel arches, and exposed head- and taillights.

The concept demonstrated so far is 4.3 meters (14.1 feet) long and packs four electric motors installed one per wheel, jointly rated at 1,196 PS (1,180 hp / 880 kW) and 1,800 Nm (1,328 lb-ft) of torque. A two-motor variant with half the power output will also be available, Ariel says.

Power is provided by a 62.2-kWh traction battery rated for up to 240 kilometers (149 miles) of driving range, but it is not the only source. A Cosworth gas-turbine power generator on board makes 48 metric horsepower (47 hp / 35 kW) of its own and generates electricity for the main battery, extending the effective range.

Elsewhere, the car comes equipped with dual-wishbone suspension at both ends, shock absorbers and adjustable sway bars. The brake system uses six-piston calipers at the front end and four-piston ones at the rear end. Forged wheels are listed under standard equipment, and you can opt for carbon-fiber ones.

The existing prototype weighs in at 1,546 kilos (3,408 lbs) and reaches 97 km/h (60 mph) in 2.09 seconds. Hitting 161 km/h (100 mph) takes 4.4 seconds. The final production car is expected to weigh less at around 1,500 kilos (3,300 lbs) and cut the sprint times quoted above to just 2 and 4 seconds, respectively. The top speed will be capped at 250 km/h (155 mph), though.

Ariel expects the Hipercar to cost around £1,000,000 when the first examples are ready to ship in late 2024 or early 2025.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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