Great news for Talon as we have worked closely with Ariel on the development of this new project and are the preferred machining supplier to Ariel for both R&D and production parts.
Ariel Motor Company, manufacturers of the Atom and Nomad cars and Ace motorcycle, release details of their all new, ultra-high performance, range extended, electric sports car project – HIPERCAR.
Standing for High Performance Carbon Reduction, the project is destined for full release in 2019 and Ariel production in 2020 alongside the Atom, Nomad and Ace. As with other Ariel vehicles the focus of HIPERCAR is on extreme performance, agility and usability, now coupled with zero and ultra-low emissions. To be available in four wheel drive and two wheel drive variants HIPERCAR will offer staggering performance utilising cutting edge, UK developed technology and will be built in Somerset, England by Ariel.
Phase 1 of the project, undertaken by Ariel with partners Equipmake and Delta Motorsport, will demonstrate both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive prototypes and will be shown at the Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Show at Millbrook on 6 and 7 September 2017.
To be initially unveiled as a rolling chassis with all componentry visible, Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, said, ‘We’re not unveiling final bodywork at this stage and it’s unusual for a car manufacturer to do things this way round. What you usually get is an exterior concept with some vague promises about what is happening underneath and how wonderful it’s going to be. But, as ever, we’re different at Ariel and the core of HIPERCAR is the technology, the design and the engineering so that’s what we are showing. This is an important part of Ariel’s future so it has to be right.”
HIPERCAR, with a model name yet to be decided, is not just an Ariel production car, destined to be one of the highest performance and sought after vehicles in the world, but also a launchpad of UK developed technology into other niche, medium volume and ultimately high volume production. The vehicle showcases what the UK can achieve in the highly competitive and fast changing automotive sector with all key HIPERCAR components – motor, gearbox, battery, power electronics, range extender, chassis, driveline and mechanical components – developed by British companies. “Developing another of the fastest cars in the world is important for Ariel,” said Saunders, “but anchoring the technology in this country and building a British supply chain is vital for the economy.”