Unveiled at the 2017 LA Auto Show, the stunning Aria FXE exhibits all the looks, performance, and engineering prowess necessary to enter the hypercar kingdom. Each example will be hand-built to customer specifications and cost more than $1 million, ensuring the exclusivity needed to succeed in this increasingly busy segment.
What really sets the FXE apart, though, is its provenance: it’s American.
With a planned production run of just 400 vehicles per year, there is a strong case to be made for the existence of the FXE. At its debut, the mid-engined coupe garnered attention usually reserved for the rarest from Ferrari or Lamborghini. Its construction is certainly on par: a carbon body surrounding a carbon monocoque, with many components 3D printed using the cutting edge of technology.
Powering the is the latest and greatest 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from an American manufacturer, paired with twin electric motors on each of the front wheels for a total of up to 1,150 horsepower and an explosive 1,316 lb-ft of torque. The engine hides amidships and is accessed by lifting up the rear half of the body, which splits at the rear door cutline.
With a curb weight of only 3,450 pounds, the FXE’s acceleration will be on par with the world’s most elite racing vehicles. Aria claims 2.7 seconds to pass the 60 mph mark: both a Formula 1 car and MotoGP bike take 2.6.
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Relaxed crash testing regulations have allowed the California specialty manufacturer to enter the realm of ultra-low volume automaker. Before venturing into the world of bespoke hypercars, Aria kept itself busy for more than 20 years doing low-volume projects like movie vehicles, the Las Vegas monorail, and projects for aerospace.
Its automotive pedigree includes making body panels for the “reimagined” Porsches created by design house Singer, and crafting both the Ford GR-1 and Kia Stinger concepts.
The car will be manufactured in Orange County, CA. Deliveries of the first examples are expected in late 2019.
In pictures: new Aria FXE