The Ariel Atom and Nomad should be pretty familiar cars to many, but the British carmaker will soon unveil a new model that is claimed to be the “fastest-accelerating and most advanced supercar in history,” according to an Autocar UK report.

Developed under the codename ‘P40’, the new Ariel model is scheduled to enter production in 2020, and will be revealed later this month. The project is the result of a three-company co-operative project called Hipercar (High-Performance Carbon Reduction), and is backed by a two-million-pound grant from Innovate UK, a government technology agency.

In terms of specifications, the car will be built on an aluminium monocoque chassis with carbon-fibre body panels (including a cockpit) to keep the weight at around 1,600 kg. The P40 will feature four separate electric motors, each producing 295 hp, with power being supplied by a 42-kWh liquid-cooled battery.

Aside from the all-wheel drive model, a slower two-wheel drive version with a larger 56-kWh battery is also claimed to be offered. A 35-kW turbine range extended over the rear axle will be fitted on both models to keep the batteries supplied with power, once the initial electric range of up to 193 km is used.

In terms of eye-watering numbers, four-motor version has a total system output of 1,180 hp and 1,800 Nm of torque. To ensure order, advanced electronic traction control and torque vectoring systems are deployed, along with a regenerative braking function.

Ariel predicts a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of just 2.4 seconds, while zero to 160 km/h (0-100 mph) will take just 3.8 seconds. The top speed will be restricted to just 257 km/h.

“We’re building tomorrow’s aspirational car using our small-company agility to beat the big companies. We love the Ariels we make now, but we know we have to embrace new technology. If we don’t, in 20 years we’ll be making antiques, and we could even be legislated out of existence,” said Simon Saunders, the founder of the Ariel Motor Company.