Ariel Previews Its 1,180 HP Electric Supercar

Following yesterday’s report, Ariel has officially released details about its electric sports car project codenamed HIPERCAR.

Set to go into production in 2020, the high-performance model is a range-extended electric vehicle that has a 42 or 56 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is backed up by a 47 hp (35 kW) micro-turbine range extending engine.

The battery pack powers electric motors that each develop 295 hp (220 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. Since the model can be equipped with either rear- or all-wheel drive, the combined output is 590 hp (440 kW) or 1,180 hp (880 kW).

In terms of performance, the car will be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds, 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) in 3.8 seconds, and 0-150 mph (0-241 km/h) in 7.8 seconds. Shortly thereafter, the model will hit its top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).

The HIPERCAR will ride on a lightweight aluminum chassis and the model can be equipped with either forged or carbon composite wheels measuring 20-inches up front and 21-inches in the rear.

In a statement, Ariel’s Simon Saunders said “It will be an expensive car because of the technology involved but when compared to £1m+ supercars, which it will outperform, it’s going to represent excellent value for money.” He added, “This is the first true electric supercar that will cross continents, drive to town, and lap a race track.”

Photo Gallery

2020 VW Tiguan Getting More Gear, But You Might Want The 2019MY For Its Longer Warranty

All but the range-topping Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line are expected to become more expensive.

GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Plant Saved By UAW Agreement, Will Reportedly Build An Electric Pickup

The Cadillac CT6 could get a second chance at life.

Polestar To Launch Its First North American Store In Montreal

Polestar will start selling its first standalone electric performance sedan locally in June 2020.

Base Porsche Taycan 4S Configurator Is Live; How Much Would Yours Cost?

The Taycan 4S comes as standard with a 79.2 kWh battery good for 252 miles of range and two motors with up to 563 HP.

Pre-2018 Teslas Can Become Bricked Due To Worn-Out Flash Storage Chips

The sheer amount of logs burns out the chip, resulting in no infotainment, climate control or even charging – and a replacement can cost $5k!.

2021 Volkswagen T7 Multivan Renders Shed New Light On Latest Spy Shots

The next-generation VW T7 Multivan will bring significant changes both on the surface and beneath the skin.

Ford’s Bringing Eight Modified Crossovers And SUVs To SEMA

The company will be showcasing an assortment of Explorers, Escapes and Expeditions.

Is This The 2021 Ford Bronco’s Animation Screen?

Ford ain’t going to be happy about this one, if the Bronco screen animation is legit.

VW Golf Countdown: 1983-1991 Mk2 Became The Evolution Of An Icon

The implementation of AWD, ABS, power steering and others led the Golf Mk2 to new heights.

Bentley Testers Had An Oopsie On The ‘Ring Crashing 2020 Flying Spur Prototype

Accidents happen, especially on the Nordschleife, but one can’t help but feel sorry for this Flying Spur.