According to British media, Ariel is preparing a supercar that will be having an electric drivetrain, along with a turbine range-extender. The electric supercar has been code-named P40 and it is expected to be presented in 2020. It will be all-wheel drive and it will be able to do the 0-100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds.
Ariel says that the car will be the fastest car in acceleration and that it will be able to do the 0-160 km/h in just 3.9 seconds, with its top speed reaching 260 km/h. It will be equipped with four electric motors, producing a total of 1,200 horsepower and 1,800 Nm of torque. Each wheel will have a 300 horsepower motor powering it.
The Ariel P40 will have a turbine range-extender, positioned above the two rear electric motors, with the car’s battery to have a capacity of 42 kWh, giving it an autonomy of approximately 160 to 200 km, with Ariel to say that the battery will enable it to go flat-out for 15 minutes. Ariel is considering to also release at the same time a rear wheel drive version of the model, with a bigger battery of 56 kWh.
The P40 will be based on an aluminum monocoque frame, with parts of its body being made from carbon, with the total weight expected to not surpass 1500 kg. The British company is expected to unveil the P40 in September, with its development to be continued for the next 3 years.