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Gotta appreciate when a company has the balls to do something weird
Chrysler did this in 1964.... Just saying.
@Definitiv nicht Sönke In my mind, Super/hypercars are (also) supposed to be chick magnets. Methinks this would have the opposite effect. I might be embarrassed to be seen in it, unless I was driving it on Halloween night.
@Delphic_Djinn Except the tyres, brakes, chassis, windows and doors where you would expect them, track day styling with has been over done to death, electric motor power.......yeah, nothing normal there.The car didn't even work, talk about hyping up a future flop.
Nothing they do matches the confines of normality.
Ariel literally just invented the batmobile
I love the companies like Aeriel exist. What a magnificent work of engineering!
Every inch of this creation has been designed for peek performance.
ariel, SLC and keonigsegg ... dream machines
"we" already now how to do extremly powerfull car by the engine but the problem is about the wheels
@mpetersen6 nah, this is cooler.
Made me laugh when they said the most complicated part for them was the door design 😂 They never had to design that part before 😂
Great to see this company pushing the limits. Another excellent package in the works and I can't wait for it to go into production.
The crazy thing with Ariel is that it all started at a university as a student project One of the senior lecturers was so impressed they pushed the idea forward and it was shown in the NEC in Birmingham Well the rest is history Love the engineering behind this such an amazing car
First time I've ever heard a jet engine described as a "range extender"! 😆Looks absolutely mad...I love it!
These brilliant men-ses just pragmatically convinced themselves to engineer the Batmobile… I’m here for it! 🙌🏾
Ariel has always made the best track day cars, can't wait to try this one out!
Looks like an engineer's PHD final thesis!
A JET TURBINE??? 🤘Finally an EV that takes full advantage of NOT needing to be traditional.
Jaguar released a concept car (and five prototypes) with a jet engine that charged the batteries that powered its electric motors back in 2010.
@Classicracer Uk i did not say to do anything.
@grumpybill Do what
@Classicracer Uk not hardly.
I just love engineers. Y'know, when they've got a specific focused goal and the right resources and people who believe in them, they can make incredible things. An ICE engine is too heavy and inefficient to charge the batteries in the EV Ariel? Let's slap in a FRKN JET ENGINE BECAUSE THAT IS MORE EFFICIENT AND WEIGHS FAR LESS. Absolutely amazing creative engineering choices in this little batmobile. I love it, I just love seeing engineers stretch their legs like this. It's inspiring and it's adorable and it's one of the great things human beings can do. Make awesome clever stuff.
Always love to see ariel come up with new ideas
I look forward to seeing them in production. I have no problem burning a little fuel for range, just make sure I can leave the turbine off and charge at home. If Ariel is reading comments, I've been driving EV for over a year and my decision is regenerative braking is amazing. I barely touch my brake for the most parts and there is no measurable wear on my pads and rotors in over 15,000 miles of driving a 4600 pound SUV. There is no reason not to simulate engine braking as we all, who are serious, use the function normally.The tiny turbine generator is an awesome addition and I wish more people did it.
Simon is the mad professor of road car's and I'm so grateful he is.
Ariel built a bonkers Batmobile. I've always been infatuated with the Atom; now I'm love with the company. Their founder's awesome.
If only it had a snub nosed impeller between the front wheels, to power both a jet turbine with torque vectoring attached to the bottom of the vertical stabilizer, and a propeller hidden right behind the cabin where the trunk would be, that sends air into a splitter that exits in front of small down force generators above each rear wheel.
That was my first thought when I saw the video thumbnail...its a Batmobile!
@crazy silly what do you mean ? what do you mean
got one ....its white elephant
I was very skeptical, but I am totally impressed. This is breakthrough tech, putting efficiency as the main target but getting amazing performance as a side effect.
Fun fact, back in the 60s when they were developing the Rover P6 it was designed to use a turbine engine. It came very close to happening but sadly never did, it was so close in fact that the P6 was launched with the same wacky front suspension created to fit a turbine. I'm glad 60 years later companies like Ariel are still trying with jet technology
It looks very unique! This car looks very unlike other hypercars! Great job on this video! And what an amazing innovative car they've put together!
Smart move on the turbine maximum efficiency minimum maintenance, beautiful freaky car definitely something that makes heads turn
Man the silhouette of this thing looks like an electric RX8 with a crazy bodykit.
Kinda like the old Apache street kits!
I wasn't the only one lol
This is basically what the KTM X-Bow GT4 should've been....😏
i was gonna say the middle part of the body (around the doors and cockpit) looks like an rx7/8
more like an MX3
Amazing engineering from such a small company. Pity about the departure from there normally beautifully elegant and simple styling, looks ridiculous
Wild car!!! It would be cool if more companies would style their car's unique like this. 💪
Love the way they have approached the look of the car should be fantastic 😊
They should takes notes from Hyundai's Ioniq 6. It simulates gears with paddle shifters and adjusts how strong the regenerative brakes so it feels like you are engine braking when you "downshift".
Just needs a target HUD and rocket pods. Brilliant thing. I’ve wondered why no manufacture had thought of a jet turbine for charging.
Having had 52 years of working in car design I will wait to see if the winglets (pedestrian killers) make it through type approval. Obvious why other companies have not done this.
This is a ev I can thoroughly approve of. No dependence on the power grid is a wonderful thing. I believe hydrogen powered electric cars are the way of the future more than battery powered alone.
Finally, as an aerospace engineer I have been wondering why turboshafts can't be used for EV.. Hope this trend catches .
Turbine/EV hybrid has always been a thing that appealed to me, they seem to complement each other well, the turbine has a great power to weight ratio and is fuel versatile but has laggy throttle response, meanwhile batteries have instant throttle response but bad power to weight.
@Purwanti Allan it’s a track day car.
It’s how ships, trains and tanks are powered.
And the turbine should have no probs helping recharge the battery. It will make for a hybrid driving experience too, i guess.
@Kyle Reese It is not a problem to have a high pressure vessle near a jet turbine, any danger can easily be managed, those tanks can take a beating. But they are heavy and bulky for the energy they hold.
I literally had this idea of putting some kind of turbine on an electric car to keep the battery charged 2 years ago and was wondering why no EV company has thought of this (obviously because they want you paying at charging stations). Very cool Ariel.
CEO of car companies are not thinking: Lets make less profit to make sure it runs on X. (gas/diesel/electric/hydrogen/propane/methane or any other energy source.)Profit is what matters to any company. What can we make cheap enough, and what can we market.Turbine generator is allot in R&D and expensive to manufacture, and probably hard to make quiet enough for a regular car. Once someone else has done the work and proven that it can be made to be profitable they will all jump on board. its just business.
Love this company. Raw engineers, no fluff, no necessary flare. Just can we do it in theory? Ok give it a go
I’ve always been confused by intrigued by their cars, I also remember the Ariel Atom as being the car that couldn’t make a turn without sliding out of control in Driveclub lol
Love listening to passionate and knowledgeable owners of these “smaller” car companies like Ariel, Pagani, Koenigsegg and Gordon Murray etc
One of the things I'm most proud of both being from Somerset and being a car guy is the fact that Ariel are based there. What a mad vehicle built buy a bunch of mad lads in a shed. Awesome stuff!
@J “Thatchers Gold is full of flavour made with specially selected apples, many of which are harvested from our own family orchards in Somerset. Made using traditional techniques and expertise gained since 1904”Thatchers own publicity. Are you calling them out?
Thatchers gold is imported from Europe, sandford resident here
Somerset has a great history of building some great helicopters too.
Long time Ariel fan. The use of an APU type power with 4-wheel electrics is something I've liked for a long time. As for the vertical wings, they are simply hideous. The rest of the car very cool. Keep up the good work.
I'd love to see that on a race track against the newest all time goodwood lap time champion the mc murthy hypercar now that would be something special
What a MAD car - I love it! I can't wait to see how Bonkers the finished product is!
The turbine just makes sense as like the bloke says it's more efficient than a piston engine, they're also smaller, lighter, and technically much simpler than a 4 stroke piston engine.Honestly, I don't see why turbine range extenders aren't offered in more high end electric cars as they can easily provide ample power for motorway speeds whilst recharging a nearly depleted battery, and the weight savings of having an APU (auxiliary power unit) and a small fuel tank instead of a full size 100KW/h or so battery would aid both performance and efficiency. The only issue I can think of is cost, but if more cars used them, there would be more competition in producing them, and that would in theory help to lower costsRegarding the regenerative braking however, I wonder if they have considered using a flappy paddle for regen particularly in track mode as it would allow the operator to use regen instead of regular brakes in certain situations in order to keep surplus heat out of the regular brakes and provide even greater stopping power if needed.Such a paddle could be staged so light pull triggers regen setting A, heavy pull triggers regen setting B so if you just want to shave a few miles per hour going into a corner you can, if you want to throw down the anchor you can do that too without heating the brakes. It would make sense on the track particularly during endurance races as once that battery is depleted you're limited to the 30 something KW of that turbine APU, regen would help to prolong the time before the inevitable limping due to a depleted battery.Sure, there's always the question of added complexity, but if the regen is there, and the user adjustable controls are there, that paddle is basically just a switch to tell it to turn on/off.
Most exciting EV in years, and not just because it's blisteringly quick! Really interesting thought to use a gas turbine as a range extender with the potential to use hydrogen as a fuel. It will be interesting to see if that idea gains traction (pun intended) elsewhere in the motor industry.
@Aaron B I think that long-term hydrogen will be the fuel of choice due to its energy-density. We're a long way away from making it sustainable at the moment though. ☹️
The Hyundai N Vision 74 might interest you. I'm quite enamored by the looks but a hydrogen fuel cell along with a dual motor electric drive-train is quite interesting. I would love to see more work into hydrogen as a fuel even though we need to find cheaper ways to manufacture it for wide-spread adoption.
@mmpj twod If they ever manage to get this thing road legal, I will personally, make a shrine for them.
Am I the only one concerned about the jet stream, or the heat beam leaving the jet engine? I wouldn't park my car directly behind it at the traffic lighte for sure. Anyone who can tell how that works?
I'd buy it! 😍Even WITH the stress fractures at 6:45!
I love that low volume, inventive car manufacturers like Ariel exist - they almost don't have to compete with any other company as they have a niche all of their own. I do wonder how the car will past UK road regulations though with vertical fins like those on the front arches...
While I absolutely love everything Ariel has ever made… CAN WE PLEASE design a sound ubiquitous to every electric car that injects some soul into the electric car?! 🤔🤔🤔
Don't forget the Y2K motorcycle
@MrcabooseVG After I read your comment I did a bit of googling and I believe you nailed it. I also remember my grandfather saying it was pretty quiet considering and there was no transmission tunnel in the car. I'll see him soon and get some more details as this comment stream has peaked my interest with the car all over again.
@Thunder Chicken I think Jay Leno has the same or similar car you speak off. If i remember right they were all prototypes and were supposed to be scrapped when they stopped the program. It was basically the US version of the Rover P6 but it survives to tell the story
My grandfather had a next door neighbor who had a turbine car from Chrysler in the early 1960s. Apparently Chrysler picked some "typical" American families to drive and use these turbine cars for a few months to see how they'd hold up to daily driving and weekend family abuse. Now I don't know anymore details about what happened (I'd have to ask him what became of the program and what his neighbor thought of the car), but I thought it was pretty cool they were building turbine cars that long ago and people actually got to drive them. There's even a wiki page I believe that goes into more detail about the program and specs on the car.
Jay Leno has a turbine car, its on his Flash-Player channel
This and the Hyundai's N Vision makes me excited for the future of cars. This looks freaking awesome
I started the video thinking it's just like any other company. Just strap four electric motors to a small battery and away you go but this is very different. Very impressive to see how far they can push technology.
Hopefully the hypercar manufacturers are taking notice. Simply incredible. Masterful. Forward thinking
Beautiful piece of engineering. I only hope that it will be allowed on the road with those wings... (Pedestrian safety)
I couldn't help but first think of the Fisker Karma watching this. Having the highly efficient power delivery of electric motors paired with the highly efficient power generation of a turbine engine makes this IMO an engineering masterpiece. Well done Ariel!
Very similar to the mcmurtry spierling. Would love to see this run goodwood too. Pretty interesting vehicles
I loved the design of this car.. well played Ariel..
Why not: Have 2 jet engines with 2 exhausts, 1 for each taillight.increase the size of the car to make room for a bigger fuel tank and battery size. Since the car apparently got room for ground effect, use that room for pressurized air thrusters to make it even crazier than the Tesla roadster. Keep the 4 electric engines the same size. With the extended range the car will last longer at high performance. The thrusters will compensate for the added weight. Maybe the 2 jet engines can help with refilling the compressed air tanks, probably not.
One of my favourite modern-day marques and this time, it is a real gamechanger. 1500kg for an EV! isn't that about the same weight as a Cayman? but with 1200bhp. Stone me! And as SS had said: there is no reason for it to look mid-engined or front engined because it's neither, so Ariel can rip up the rulebook on car design, providing their aero is on point.It looks amazing, it's going to go like stink and it even sounds good for an EV. Can't wait for the finished example if Ariel's previous models are anything to go by...
The New Batmobile 😂
That joke is dead and has been for a million years. Smh
Yeah, if Bruce Wayne was poor!
Actually looking for this comment lol. Haha
Or a Decepticon
Looks like a hot wheels car, fast but unconventional. I'd love to work for the companies design team and design a really exotic looking beast from a concept point of view and have their technicians make it a reality.
its always hard to tell the speed on a video, they should show the launch next to any sort of base honda/toyota sedan to put it in context
when he said that the jet engine is for efficiency, he just earned my respect.
Woo! And I think a gyroscope sensor plus hydraulic dampers can produce the coolest torque-vectoring effect. Pikes Peak in a Nomad frame would embarrass Musk.
I was very hard on the design of this car but hearing from the top dog and getting a better understanding of the engineering, I look forward to seeing what this care can do when it's complete. I would still like to see a less busy design but as a purpose built race vehicle, looks are the tiniest of concerns. Well done Top Gear for reviewing it properly.
@Zami A Well, didn't you just make me feel the fool. I won't be able to sleep either. Thank you for showing me the error of my ways, Zami. You are a true superhero.
It is a bit fussy but at least it's better looking than the McMurtry Spéirling, which looks like a stealth spaz chariot.
I heard he was up all night for weeks when he heard Patrick D Garez was very hard on the design. I hope this comment brings him some closure.
Will a second jet engine be possible? I would love to add one as an option on mine...
"we're also looking at having more driver involvement, because a lot of EVs don't leave you with much to do" and "Buttons and no touchscreen" these things alone will make this car above many other EVs.
Ariel always makes amazing performance machines
"This could be the world's fastest accelerating road car." Then proceeds to show the launch in slow motion.
Love how they gave it a homemade feel by making it look home made.
@Ki I didn't see a price point and they make cars in the 80-120k range so 🤷.
@Gurgle Blaster I mean the people who can afford this ain’t bothered about expensive maintenance
if you're making cars that go 0-60 in 2 seconds at home why aren't you selling them?
@Spendor Yeah, that's the point. It doesn't look like it was made by a company.
Love his vision and this car, really cool to see this even though I will never own one lol
Can't stop loving this company...
The proportions and shape give me real McMurtry Spierling vibes, super cool when companies do things for performance and packaging rather than looks.
This is the only electric car that i have ever thought....”yes, i could get on board with that”What an amazing feat of engineering.Iv just started watching, so the price hasn’t been mentioned, but I’m going to presume its well over 100k.....
@MegaBrorsan Aye, you’re probably right, and for that price I’m getting something else!
I'd be surprised if it was under 500k
Fascinating to see such a fast spectrum of cars being made. On one end you have an Ariel EV with a jet turbine, on the other - Pagani Utopia with a V12. What a time.
we all know which one you'd rather have if money was no object. Aside from the cringe name, the utopia is amazing.
Great work done by a passionate man. Love it
Could i suggest putting the turbine in the front booth, just like the BatmobileLower center of gravity (roof scoop), better airflow and cooling for the turbineAnd thereby also redirect the jet air to the underfloor for some downforce and better aero
An EV with an RDE range extender would be incredible to see one day
I hope I get to ride in something like this in my life time.
We finally have a new Batmobile!!That looks like a car and we can actually see!!
These guys are doing stuff from day one that shouldn't be possible by such a small car design/build company. 🇬🇧
This thing is absolutely crazy, and I love it.
This is absolutely genius! Sometimes, solutions are right under our noses and yet it takes extraordinary geniuses to find them who are often overlooked. So many huge names like Mercedes, Koenigsegg, Audi never thought of putting a jet engine to supplement instead of huge and heavy battery. Its so ingenious! Mad respect.
Let me tell you why I think it’s genius. EVs have consistent powertrain solutions but are held back by methods of storing energy. Honestly batteries today suck, and aren’t even really any more environmentally responsible than fossil fuelled vehicles because majority of the electricity in the whole world is generated by fossil fuels. A jet engine can be be very efficient and they are not restricted by fuel types. You can make a jet engine that runs efficiently on bio diesel which is made from plants or ethyl alcohol or even the mixture of both, and this could generate a steady current to run an electric power train and you would need only a very tiny battery as a buffer. You’d refuel with bio diesel and won’t need to charge the battery which is quick and biodiesel is quite sustainable if you think about it, you are essentially growing plants that are producing oxygen and trapping carbon that’s already in the atmosphere. Vehicles will be lighter and more convenient. If this takes off, it could be best of both worlds.
@The Toaster Precisely and with the use of jet engines it genuinely would be a bio-fuel car that the average family could own and ofcourse it would be much healthier to the batteries and in turn better for the environment. Most evs that come out nowadays you're told its eco friendly even tho it actually does more harm since you're using 3x the fuel to dig lithium than you would be to make the average straight 6 from scratch. It's put a big burn mark in the ev market and made some petrol heads come off the idea altogether, but this would revive the market to evs in a way they could be genuine. I just wish we done this nearly 80 years ago when the technology was available. But then again everything you see today could've been possible 2000 years ago but no one came around to doing it sooner. Funny to think what we can achieve in 40,000 years time could be done today.But nevertheless im glad someone from Ariel invested in this jet-hybrid now we're closer to seeing other companies do the same. Ironic part is once that's in full swing no doubt we'll be moving onto hydrogen or even salt water but yeah ultimately every company currently should follow suit.
@Tyler Fuller I've personally mentioned this concept of a multi fuel turbine engine as a generator in multiple EV videos where I have sung the merits of such in commercial trade and long distance haulage and service vehicles. The technology is there and its ready. Right. Now. Fast charging batteries with a huge anaconda cable as the only means of recharging the batteries in luxury vehicle is a ridiculous concept that shortens the usable life of the batteries by overheating and undercharging repeatedly, because who wants to be sitting charging any longer than they have to. Everyone will charge as fast as possible and the life of the battery will be an afterthought. All to compete with an alternative idea. If there's an alternative that is better and more efficient in the bigger picture then these companies MUST yield until the right time where their product is ready. No more games. This problem is being ignored and it is a very real one. If the EV manufacturers really cared about the environment they would address this issue. They cannot, because it means they will have to admit their idea is flawed and that their ruined batteries are going to be a dirty byproduct. Wake up people!
@Carla D They don't...Presumptions. Or in other words because it hasn't been made so somehow that means they've never thought of it
Id hardly call it genius, firstly it was done 60 years ago and secondly thousands have had the idea just no one had the financial capability to do so.
They could gain double mileage and downforce with a rear speed tail setup
They said that it was the first car to get a jet turbine engine into production. But I remember Chrysler powering a car with a jet turbine. And it wasn't a hybrid. The jets themselves pushed the car! And it was a production car. I believe Jay Leno has one or interviewed someone with one.
Yeah definitely a mini Batmobile! The sound, the looks, except no fire from the back... 🤣
I just found out about this car a few weeks ago, it looks amazing!
Can't wait for the Ariel Hipercar vs McMurtry Spierling comparison test!
I also was thinking if both of these cars together in some way. Unique cars both embracing new tech
@Chempu Sangma There are several EV Hypercars that have been introduced in the last few years as concepts and as future production cars. This and the McMurtry are the only ones that have this similar design. Both being made in the UK I feel like there was some sort of corporation between the two and maybe even some unintended copying. Either way it's a wonderful shape and they're both amazing vehicles. I just found the claim of "all original design" a little humorous.
@J. N. Miller ....its likely design like this is supposedly efficient for a fast nimble lightweight EV hypercar. Hence the similar design algorithm used.
Right, they claim it's an all original design but it looks an awful lot like the McMurty
@MrcabooseVG It already is road legal! The one that was at Goodwood is taxed and MOTed, they just took the front numberplate off for aero.
Kinda sad Jaguar never got their turbine engine into their CX-75.But hey, still British, and this one's fully British.Love the underbody downforce focus, allows for all the drag reduction over the top.And those buttons on the roof like a plane really cashing in on that turbine.
It looks like it’s about to transform 😯Such a cool car and unique too!
I was expecting a engine sound at the start of the video, not literally the real life Rocket Voltic
I remember an article in Popular Mechanics back in the 60's where a gentleman in California I believe had done essentially the same thing with a full sized American sedan to great effect in terms of both performance and efficiency.
I am so glad to be witnessinga new golden age in automotive design. It feels like we are in the 1930s when amazing hand built cars were not copying others but coming up with unique new design concepts. Well done Ariel I have always loved your company but this is next level!
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I think what he meant at 9:50 was "touchscreens aren't the way forward for any car". When will manufacturers learn that they only work when you're looking at them because of the lack of button feedback and feel, which makes them inherently dangerous and just irritating for driving.
Love this idea passenger trains do it similar
I appreciate the weirdness of this…but I think Aerial made a mistake, hear me out… the past recipe for Aerial has always been to produce a small displacement engine with 200-400hp, and weights that were under 1500 pounds wet. What they should have done, is produced a car maybe around 2000 lbs, with 500-600 hp worth of e-power. Nobody has really done that yet, and Ariel was the company to do it. This thing weighs 3300 lbs
2022 Top Gear conclusions: accelerator works, brakes works, steering works. Great car!
interesting concept, dont think it will pass the carinspection with those wings in sweden tho, if they dont make them in rubber or collapsable for pedestrian protection, also the roof scoop (meat scoop)
always liked ariel for being bonkers, looking forward to seeing what'll become of this car
A hybrid with turbines. Interesting. Use the air to not only keep the car planted but also propel it efficiently
"Plush LeMans" is the coolest sounding interior design I've ever heard.
I like how this car is being developed i love how ariel Just experiments with all this ev tech and the jet range extender is brilliant the wing flaps to disturb the air towards the mirrors is ingenieus. There aren't a lot of car manufacturer's that expiriment like this
@The Toaster might be the piri that put's people off
Indeed, not many people expiriment!
That's so cool. Electric cars don't sound good so let's add a jet engine. Crazy styling!
There was a jet engined car back in the day which Jay Leno has I believe 🤔. So if it becomes popular and sells a decent amount then yeah they would get the title of most produced and/or created.
I knew what car will be in new Batman 😂 looks amazing. I don't like ev's but this one is different it's just awesome