A little EV dreaming and rubbing some salt into the wounds of struggling carmakers can have great consequences. This is where hyper EVs — or electric hypercars — fit in. Although they might have little direct effect on most people, their outrageous performance stunts send a serious messages to carmakers insisting on gasoline technology — that era is ending. Alieno Arcanum shows what an electric drivetrain can deliver, and you won’t believe how outrageous it is.
Alieno Arcanum Pushes EV Performance Off The Charts
There’s a long line of prototype EVs acting as proofs of concept instead of production cars, including a number of hyper EVs. They can speak loudly to the potential of electric drivetrains — still in their infancy. They also taunt gasoline carmakers, telling them to stop playing with that rotten, repugnant juice made of dinosaur remains. It’s kind of a creepy thought when you think about it, and also consider that leather is billed as an extra luxury item. Burn dinosaur poop and sit on cow skins — that’s what makes the industry thrive!
So, of course, when a Motor1 article came out on the incredible Alieno Arcanium, I couldn’t resist another hyper EV story. But it is claimed this electric two-door, two-seat, highly computerized hypercar from Bulgaria will actually be produced.
Alieno’s history is light on details, but we know it was founded in 2014 and that it unveiled its first debut model named, ARCANUM, soon after. And the performance is jaw breaking, and probably could be at that speed.
The startup promises no fewer than four Arcanum versions. It starts with the 2,610 horsepower, 1,946 kW “base” model, which can be upgraded to a 3,482 hp, 2,596 kW model, or why not the 4,351 hp, 3,244 kW one? Finally, if that’s still not enough for you, you could opt for the flagship 5,221 hp, 3,893 kW version — and, frankly said, if you’ve got the money for any of these, why wouldn’t you go for the most powerful?
Each version will be offered in three basic modifications. The Alieno Arcanum STR will be the Street version, the TRC will be for track use as well, and the RCE for racing. Alieno Arcanum proposes to offer this range by using a highly flexible platform that allows up to six AC three-phase axial flux permanent magnet electric motors per wheel, individually controlled. The battery pack is made up of graphene LiPo cells and supercapacitors that give the Alieno Arcanum an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of up to 2.64 hp/kg.
Ahmed Merchev, founder, CEO, CTO, and chief constructor of the brand, said: “Alieno Arcanum is an all-electric hypercar from the future with a brutal technical superiority, which is in the basis of the DNA of the brand Alieno. This our first debut model expresses clearly the mission of Alieno to create hypercars with alien technologies from the future into the present. Alieno Arcanum does not follow the rules, but it creates new ones, providing an extremely exciting driving experience and enjoyment.
“Our debut first model, Alieno Arcanum is definitely the most powerful hypercar the world has ever seen,” boldly claims chief test pilot Ivan Kirov. “Not only it is the most powerful car, but it is robotic and all-electric. This means that it is so much faster in any way than an equivalent in power, ordinary combustion engine car. This is due to the high efficiency of the electric motors and the innovative Alieno technologies that we built into the car.”
The Arcanum rides on “robotic suspension,” which I presume are computer-assisted suspensions with double wishbone and pushrod, rocker arm, and adjustable anti-roll bar, combined with electronically adjustable dampers and active ride height, all independently tunable. Braking is achieved via three systems, traditional hydraulic, regenerative braking system, and that “robotic” air braking system the company talks about. Optionally available will be an air brake parachute … and that is not my weird sense of humor. The Alieno Arcanum can be had with a parachute.
Need you ask?
In case you do, set aside €750,000, or $880,000, for the base model — all the way up to the €1.5–1.755 million RP5 Alieno Arcanum.
Keep on reading the company’s press release as it dives more into aerodynamics details, along with powertrain, handling, IT, and much, much more.
Do We Need Another Hyper EV?
Of course we do. It kicks the ant hill. It sends a clear message to carmakers. It shows how EVs have so much much more torque out of the box than a piston engines. It points to how much further the electric drivetrain can be developed when ICE technology is on its last polluting leg.
Seeing, driving, and even owning an Alieno Arcanum will be an extremely rare occasion. But come to think of it, someone still drives one of those original AC Propulsion wild EVs that launched the second (and hopefully final) rebirth of the electric vehicle. All we can say to this is, Yeehaw!
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