Car News 25 Aug 2017

Ariel release details of battery-powered supercar with 1,180bhp

Ariel has revealed details of what they believe will be the fastest-accelerating supercar, that will put them at the forefront of EV performance development.

Currently named the ‘Hipercar’ and codenamed ‘P40’, the new supercar will offer astronomical acceleration figures of 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds, 0-100mph in 3.8 seconds and 0-150mph in 7.8 seconds.

The power will be provided by a 42kw lithium-ion battery pack feeding four electric motors on the 4WD P40, one powering each wheel, producing 295bhp each. Ariel will also release a 2WD version producing 590bhp from a 56kwh battery. The P40 will feature a revolutionary micro turbine range extender which runs at a constant 120,000 rpm to maintain charge to the battery.

Ariel Boss Simon Saunders said “We built an electric Atom more than 10 years ago, but the technology at the time meant it was more expensive and slightly slower. It wasn’t a business proposition, but it’s different now. And because people expect Ariels to have great acceleration, we’ve got to go for the very top of the market. We’re not interested in some ‘tried and did well’ category.”

An official name for the P40 is yet to be announced and is scheduled to enter production in 2020.




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