Chevrolet’s new ZR1 isn’t the only car making waves at the LA Auto Show.
California’s Aria Group unveiled the FXE Advanced Sports Car, an evolution of its 2017 concept car, in Los Angeles last week, and if you thought the 755 horsepower of the Chevy ZR1 was impressive, just take a look at the massive numbers produced by this mid-engine marvel.
Aria says the FXE will generate a whopping 1150 horsepower and 1316 ft-lbs of torque from its 6.2-liter small block V8. The car, which weighs 3,450 pounds, features four-wheel drive, E front axle with torque vectoring, and 10kwh lithium-ion battery pack. With so much horsepower, though, we’re surprised that the car only goes 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds, a time bettered by the current Z06 with just 650 hp (2.95 seconds with the automatic transmission).
Visually, the car is, in a word, stunning. We would love to see one of these beauties on the road someday, but chances are pretty slim considering that Aria says it won’t ever build more than 400 units.
“The vision behind this vehicle is to build a truly world class American Mid-Engine Sports Car,” Clive Hawkins, founder and CEO of Aria Group, said in a press release. “We believe enthusiasts, not only in America, but around the world are looking for a car that delivers this level of performance, built by a small manufacturer with the proven level of quality and exclusivity that Aria can deliver.”
Aria Group promotes itself as the “premier leader of full-range design, engineering and manufacturing solutions for the Transportation, Aerospace, Entertainment and Production Industries” and vows that it has the ability to design, engineer, and manufacture any type of prototype, based on its experience building complex projects for brands including Honda, Toyota, Tesla, Ford, GM, Disney, Paramount, Northrop Grumman and SpaceX, to name a few.
No word yet on the cost of the FXE, but with its carbon composite chassis utilizing a new proprietary manufacturing technique and the company’s use of exotic materials, it’s probably not going to be cheap. Aria does say Rapid manufacturing will be used extensively throughout the vehicle to minimize tooling and achieve high levels of structural optimization, so maybe they can keep costs down that way.
Of course, when you’re talking about such a limited edition car, you can’t expect it to be as cheap as a Malibu – or even a ZR1 for that matter.
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