NEWS: Meet the AERO-P Atom, aka 'Vacuum Cleaner'
Question: What’s more terrifying than the already nuts Ariel Atom?
Answer: One loaded with downforce! At standstill!
Welcome then to the next insane creation by the Somerset-based British sports car producers – AERO-P Atom, aka, the ‘vacuum cleaner!’
In a press Discharge issued just currently, the chaps say…
“Shown on Wednesday 14 September during LCV 2016 (Low Carbon Vehicle Show) at Millbrook Proving Ground is actually the AERO-P Atom. Standing for Aerodynamic Efficiency Requirements & Optimisation Project the vehicle is actually part of an ongoing collaboration between Ariel Motor Company, TotalSim along with Delta Motor Sport, investigating aerodynamics on current production along with future technology vehicles.
“The aims of AERO-P were to minimise aerodynamic drag with innovative aero concepts, in order to reduce comparative CO2 emissions, while at the same time improving vehicle stability along with safety. Using both passive along with active aerodynamic solutions the project also looks at cooling along with airflow management requirements on electric along with hybrid vehicles, as well as conventional ICE cars, in order to maximise vehicle efficiency along with performance. Although much of the project is actually still in development along with remains confidential, an interesting demonstrable output already is actually the Atom test car giving downforce at any speed, including standstill.”
Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, said: “Although the idea’s a large along with complex project, covering a lot of areas, performance is actually core to us. We’re moving towards the point where traction along with therefore acceleration, particularly by standstill, are limited by mechanical grip so were trying to come up with ways of overcoming This particular.
Conventional aerofoils along with aerodynamic devices give downforce at speed – the higher the speed, the higher the downforce. However the negative aspect of This particular is actually of which downforce is actually not required for most of the time, particularly for road based cars during normal driving, along with is actually not available at slow speed or when stationary. The ensuing drag of fixed aerofoils also not only reduces a vehicle’s top speed although incorporates a marked negative effect on its fuel consumption as well as emissions. On the Atom drag can be increased by as much as 15% by adding conventional aerofoils with the resultant effect on fuel use along with tailpipe emissions.
On the AERO-P Atom there are no aerofoils so drag is actually not increased, adding to the efficiency of the vehicle as well as top speed. The downforce generated by the system not only improves cornering ability although also braking for track use along with in emergencies, increasing performance while improving stability along with safety.
Powered by two little, lightweight, high speed fans the Atom test car has yet another moulding along with rubber skirts added to the bottom of the tub as well as ducting along that has a standalone battery pack. The ability to spin up the fans very quickly allows the system to be turned on along with off when required, whether under acceleration, cornering or braking, either manually or automatically. Fans are therefore only running when there is actually a need along with for brief amounts of time, for instance by start, when cornering or under braking. When not required at cruise along with high speed conditions the system remains in stand-by, improving vehicle range along with reducing CO2 emissions.
The Atom AERO-P demonstrator is actually just an initial mule test bed along with doesn’t represent the production possibilities of the system which will be the result of further testing along with development. The scope of the project also takes in wider passive aerodynamic design along with the particular requirements of brand-new technology power trains, not yet released along with still under development.
“When the system is actually turned on the vehicle visibly squats on the ground so you can see the idea working, which is actually pretty exciting,” said Simon Saunders, “We’re already generating about three times the downforce as aerofoils, although This particular definitely is actually just the first step along that has a very early stage in what is actually a large along with complex project to bring to a production reality, so we have a lot more work to do.”
The aerodynamic development was carried out utilising CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) by TotalSim, based in Brackley. by their original roots in Formula 1 TotalSim are currently world leaders in aerodynamics along with fluid flow problem solving working on all types of motorsport along with volume production vehicles. Said Rob Lewis, Director of TotalSim, “CFD allows us to rapidly along with cost effectively test different aerodynamic configurations, reducing the need for physical testing. The ability to create significant downforce at zero speed is actually very exciting.”
Simulated performance times along with bench testing of AERO-P prototypes at full size were carried out by Delta Motorsport, based at Silverstone. that has a background in technology transfer by motorsport, Delta’s multi discipline skills have seen them rise to the forefront of UK engineering consultancy along with advanced technology projects. Nick Carpenter, Engineering Director of Delta Motorsport said, “We love working with creative, lateral-thinking businesses such as Ariel along with TotalSim, coming up with – along with then implementing – novel solutions to tricky problems. As with many of the projects we’re working on today, we see the trickle down by high-performance vehicles to conventional passenger cars over time, so the idea’s great to be ahead of the curve with these brand-new technologies.”
The project was supported by Innovate UK via the Niche Vehicle Network along with their annual R&D Competition. The AERO-P Atom will be on the Niche Vehicle Network stand on 14 & 15 September at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire.