We have a new breed of hypercars coming out – the Aston Martin Red Bull Valkyrie, the Mercedes-AMG Project One and also interesting full electrics such as the Nio EP9.
And it seems everyone is interested in joining the select hypercar party – including exotic specialist Ariel. The company is well known for the already turned iconic Atom track bomb, and it’s also blessed with a marvelous off-roader – the Nomad. Now the British exotic marque is rumored to desire access in a very select niche – the hypercar league. Apparently, the firm is already well into the development process of a 1,180-horsepower (879-kilowatt) electric hypercar. Interesting, to say the least. According to the report, the model would take the form of a two-seat, four-wheel-drive EV fitted with a bespoke turbine range extender powertrain.
Such performance figures are expected to deliver a sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 2.4 seconds, and a jump to 100 mph (160 kph) in a mere 3.8 seconds, with production expected to kick off in 2020. The chassis and powertrain is reportedly the work of a three-company partnership labeled Hipercar – an acronym for High-Performance Carbon Reduction, even supported by the British authorities. More so, the chassis and powertrain setup might be brought to life for an early unwrapping this month. Codenamed P40, the electric hypercar will feature four electric motors, each with 295 hp (219 kW) – fed from a centrally mounted 42 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled battery. A RWD model with a 56 kilowatt-hour battery is also expected – and both will feature a turbine range extender, delivering another 100 to 120 miles (160 kilometers to 193 kilometers) of range.