Head-to-head competition for LaFerrari/P1/918 ? – ARIA FXE HYBRID !
Why haven’t American’s build a hybrid hypercar just as powerful and capable as that of the Europeans? This question has motivated to the creation of the Aria FXE and its gasoline only sibling, the FE. This wasn’t expected from this company but you have at least seen their work, it currently produces all the carbon fibre body parts for the exclusive Singer “reimagined 911s,” and it has been building one-off concept cars and movies vehicles for 20 years including the beautiful Ford GR-1 and the recent Kia GT4 Stinger.
Recent regulations that helped reduce the burden of crash testing on low-volume manufacturers have really opened a gate for companies such as Aria to build and sell cars in significantly very low volumes. (Aria exceptions are they’ll sell 400 or cars over several years.) At the same time, rapid-prototyping technologies for the 3D printing of aluminium and titanium parts, well you can even say even the plastics, are becoming more and more affordable which is eventually reducing the cost of tooling for producing low volume vehicles.
The one final support for Aria’s dream of producing a hypercars is its patent pending Integrated the Composite Structure chassis concept. This delay restricted the degree to which representatives were willing to comment on this tech, but we’re told it involves a simplified, less handmade production method for a carbon fibre tub that integrates all the mounting hardware for suspensions and powertrain.
Bolted in behind the passenger seats will be a small yet powerful V-8 from an American manufacturer which producing 720hp. Although company is still searching for a seven or eight speed dual clutch transmission that can stand up to the enormous torque of the V-8, Xtrac is likely to get the contract for this. FXE models, in their front will get a pair of axial-flux induction electric motors that add another 540 hp. hence the total comes to 1,150 hp and 1,316 lb ft of torque. These will obviously be capable of providing front-axle torque vectoring and of regenerating energy during braking. Storing said energy will be stored in 10-kW-hr lithium-ion battery pack.
The sleek looking vehicle ships with the scarab wing style doors that hinges along a line roughly aligned with slanting down from the A pillars to the wheel openings. Engine access is provided by raising the entire rear of the car (it breaks at the rear door shut line) with the assistance of hydraulic struts. The huge carbon fibre piece is said to be quite light, the company claims curb weight at about 3,450 pounds which is a good at 3.0 pounds/horsepower ratio.
The cars will be highly bespoke and all will be different no alike. It will be priced north of $1 million. Deliveries are expected to start in late 2019, rolling off an assembly line based in Irvine, California.
Source : MotorTrend