BorgWarner, a worldwide automotive industry components and parts supplier, specializes in powertrain products, including manual and automatic transmissions and transmission components, such as electro-hydraulic control components, transmission control units, friction materials, and one-way clutches, turbochargers, engine valve timing system components, along with four-wheel drive system components.
The Auburn Hills, Michigan company, which was founded in 1880, has just unveiled an electric Ariel Nomad, which was built to show off the company's range of EV technology. The Ariel Nomad EV includes two motors, uses torque vectoring, and delivers 268bhp.
Instead of the Honda-sourced VTEC inline-four in the rear, the vehicle is fitted with a 30-kWh battery pack, inverters, and two electric motors—one for each wheel. BorgWarner designed the entire drivetrain as a proof-of-concept for its automotive industry clients, while the battery pack was created in a joint venture with Romeo Power.
Additional BorgWarner-designed technology includes a torque-vectoring system that controls each rear wheel for enhanced turn-in and response, and a thermal management system that cools the drivetrain through an electric water pump.
BorgWarner says it built the EV conversion in six months and selected the Nomad because of its uncovered design, which made it easier to access the engine bay in order to install and remove parts. The electric Nomad can off-road as well as a gas-powered car as can be seen in the video.
The original Ariel Nomad, designed by Ariel Motor Company Ltd, a low-volume performance motor vehicle manufacturing company in Crewkerne, in Somerset, England, was introduced in 2015 at the Autosport International Show. It is a road-legal buggy that follows the same principles as the brand’s Atom, a very light, high-performance car, powered by a 2.4 liter Honda Civic Type-R engine and gearbox that delivers 235bhp.
Kahan Yilmaz, BorgWarner’s tech boss, says the converted Nomad is a “high-voltage demonstration” that showcases the company’s superior capabilities, collaborates with industry partners, and evaluates current and future technology at a system level.
Ariel Motor Company Ltd did not participate in the project and is currently developing its own fully-electric 1180bhp supercar.