What do you get when you take a Corvette Z06 engine, industry leading Transportation & Aerospace technology, two axial-flux induction motors (as if we know what those are), and next-generation carbon fiber manufacturing, put them all together and throw wheels on it? You’ll most likely end up with the Aria FXE. An American-made super car concept that we really, really hope makes it to the production line. Let’s start with the looks. At first glance we think Lamborghini… but then again, we have a very unhealthy affection for Lamborghini. And then after that we think Ferrari GT cars. And then when we look at the tail-lights we think about an overly aggressive Audi R8. And then you get to the front of the car… oh boy.
If we’re being honest the front of the car looks a lot like an after thought. We’re sure there’s some fancy aerodynamic trickery going on with the aggressive venting and paneling however it leaves much to be desired visually. Especially with how good the rest of the car looks. From every other angle the car is sublime. Everything complements each other superbly. The front however isn’t quite as pleasant to look at. What’s ironic is we’re pretty sure that the front of the car would have looked exceptional with either the unified headlights, or the bumper, but not both.
In unison, the bumper and headlights look like an angry, frowning piece of automotive engineering. Looks however, are subjective, so for all we know this might be hitting it right on the money for you.
Front fascia aside, the rest of the car is absolutely amazing. The side profile is phenomenal, the aerodynamics at work are sexy, the rear is exotic, and the wheels are delicious. We can’t speak so much for the interior as we weren’t able to locate many photos highlighting the inside architecture. The Aria FXE will be a hybrid-powered super car very similar to the P1, 918, and LaFerrari. The engine of choice on the petrol side is the supremely capable LT4 right off of a Corvette Z06 making 650 Horsepower and 650 Pound Feet of Torque. The electric motors up front will bring the total system output to over 1,150 Horsepower.
The fact that we’re now talking about Horsepower figures in the thousands from production cars is relatively absurd but, such is the life we now live in. Nearly a decade ago 500 Horsepower was a very substantial amount of power for a sports car. Now every super car that’s being dished out has double or close to triple that amount of power. We’re not complaining. In short, there’s still much to be learned about the Aria FXE but if what we’ve seen so far is any indication on what’s to come, we’re excited to find out what’s next. Photos via ARIA.