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Ariel HIPERCAR unveiled at LCV 2017

HIPERCAR after its unveiling at LCV 2017

Ariel’s latest effort uses batteries and a turbine, and will go from 0-60mph in 2.4s

UK-based Ariel Motor has unveiled a new EV that may out-ludicrous even the Model S.

The “ultra-high performance” HIPERCAR has an output of 1,180HP and will go from 0-60mph in a skull-shattering 2.4 seconds, and 0-100mph in 3.8 seconds.

HIPERCAR –so-called for its High-Performance Carbon Reduction – was unveiled yesterday at the LCV 2017 event at Millbrook Proving Ground, by developer Ariel and project partners Delta Motorsport and Equipmake.

Two variants of the car are planned for production, featuring either two or four 295-HP electric motors, and a 42kWh or 56kWh battery, respectively. The car also contains a range extender, but as with everything in this car, it isn’t anything ordinary. Instead of the conventional 1-litre or so petrol engine, the HIPERCAR uses a 35-kW micro-turbine.

The EV is also a flagship project for UK engineering, and was supported by a GBP2 million grant from Innovate UK.

Simon Edmonds, Manufacturing and Materials Director at Innovate UK said: “Routes to market for new technologies, especially in automotive, are very challenging – projects we fund like HIPERCAR bridge that gap and aid their wider commercial exploitation in mass market vehicles in the future. We look forward to seeing these technologies deployed more widely, and it’s been a pleasure working with Ariel and their partners in this project.”

HIPERCAR, with a model name yet to be decided, will be built in Somerset by Ariel, but will act as a launchpad of UK developed technology into other niche, medium volume and ultimately high volume production. A finished model – complete with the bodywork – will arrive in 2019, with production beginning in earnest in 2020. And the finished version looks even more impressive.

Ariel's HIPERCAR with bodywork
Ariel’s HIPERCAR with bodywork

Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel said: “This is an extremely advanced cutting edge car that brings together UK developed technology in every aspect of its design.  The fact that it has been developed in the UK and supported by UK government agencies shows just how important the vehicle and the technology is to the UK automotive industry.”

The next phase of the project to further take the vehicle and components forwards to further testing, development and production has secured a grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre of GBP6 million.


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