Here’s what makes the new electrified Ariel Hipercar so impressive

The Ariel Motor Company has always made wacky carsand somehow, customers end up loving them for their unconventional appeal and performance that will have you shivering the moment they step out after a car ride.

While the Atom 4, Nomad and Ace motorcycles continue to have their share of niche buyers, the all-new ‘Hipercar’ is the British automaker’s most ultimate high-performance electric sports car. But this one will be a low-volume production model. The Hipercar was designed by Ariel Electric, part of the Ariel Group.

Hipercar stands for “High Performance Carbon Reduction”, and this is the first time the model has been shown in production form. It is therefore a real functional prototype. Like any other Ariel, the Hipercar also focuses on lightness, high performance, agility and everyday usability.

However, it is a zero-emission model with a lightweight turbine range extender. The car’s final name has yet to be decided, but it’s the first model from Ariel that shows they’re heading in a new direction in the world of zero-emission mobility.

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Development of the Ariel Hipercar

The development of the Hypercar and all the technology associated with it is based on modern UK-made EV technology, and the car will be built in Somerset by the company itself. The Hipercar shows us what the Brits can achieve in the extremely tough EV business with all the vital components, like bodywork, engine, transmission, range extender, transmission, power electronics, chassis, battery and all mechanical components, made in-house with help from other UK companies as well.

Ariel Hipercar looks like nothing

We don’t know if we like what we see, but it looks like an urban-use Batmobile. It gets a fully enclosed body and forward-tilting gullwing doors. The doors open and close using gas struts. When it hits production, the entire body will be carbon, but the prototype you see has 3D-printed panels for testing in its final stages.

It’s hard to deny that the Ariel was shaped by aerodynamics, as it’s obvious, but it helps when it comes to drag efficiency, balance, and meeting the demands of multiple cooling systems. . Ariel worked closely with TotalSim to develop the Bramble CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) system.

Every part of the car includes intense attention to detail and is crafted with purpose. Fins on the front fenders, for example, reduce drag on the mirrors, while the roof scoop channels air to the turbine range extender and shark-shaped fins at the rear help with stability and cornering.

The cockpit is only intended for two people: the driver and a passenger. There are TFT screens that read information, but due to the car’s extreme performance, Ariel gave the car steering wheel controls, instead of touchscreen ones. Ariel describes the cockpit as “Plush Le Mans”.

More details on Ariel’s Hypercar

The Hipercar features double wishbones all around, machined from aluminum, for the best possible precision, while also optimizing strength and weight. There are adjustable roll bars front and rear, and the adaptive dampers are made exclusively for the Hipercar by Bilstein UK. The steering again uses a unique power-assist system, exclusively designed for the Hipercar. The goal continues to be feel and feedback.

Braking comes in the form of an AP Racing braking system, with six piston calipers up front and four piston calipers in the rear. The brake pedal is machined from billet, with ratio adjustable via an electric servo. There is also regenerative braking which can be switched on and off, depending on the driver’s needs.

The Hipercar also features adjustable traction control, while the production model features adjustable torque vectoring that will ensure the best power and grip possible. These lightweight 9J front and 12.5J rear forged wheels will not reach the production car, but will be replaced by bespoke carbon wheels.

Crazy performance for the Ariel Hipercar

Power is sent to all four wheels via four 299hp ARM200 motors, with one motor on each wheel, mounted back to back, two on each axle. The motor includes a radial rotor architecture with magnets arranged around the rotor; this makes the motor power dense and reduces the magnetic material, further reducing weight. Each unit is equipped with a 5.43:1 speed epicyclic gearbox with helical cut gears. The engine, along with the transmission and reverse gear assembly, weigh only 125 pounds.


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Ariel Hipercar’s Micro-Turbine Range Extender Makes It Awesome

The car comes with an optional Cosworth range extender, which is essentially a micro-turbine, powered by an exothermic catalytic reaction. It operates at a fixed speed of 110,000 rpm to achieve the best fuel efficiency, producing 35 kW of constant electrical power when needed. The device turns on and off automatically thanks to the battery management system. The range extender weighs less than 110 lbs and is smaller and lighter than other internal combustion engines. The unit has been designed to operate with different fuels.

Source: Ariel

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