The fact that the Arcanum model has probably not even started to be produced, but the Bulgarian Alieno will not stop, so now it comes with its second model, this time called Unum. The promised parameters are even crazier. Two drive modes are to be available, the first of which is based on a technical package called THF. Just for fun, the abbreviation stands for The Heavenly Founder. The same technology package is said to be the basis of the Arcanum model.
Unum THF is to be available in four versions called RP2 to RP5, where RP stands for Raw Power and the number corresponds to the number rounded down to thousands of horsepower. For example, the RP5 version is supposed to offer up to 5,293 horsepower, just like the Arcanum model mentioned above. The maximum torque ranges from 4,440 to 8,880 Nm. The maximum speed should exceed 584 km/h. And to make matters worse, Alieno for Unum THF promises three versions that should have the same dynamics, only to be technically adapted to specific regulations: STR (Street = road), TRC (Track = circuit) and RCE (Race = racing).
What’s more, Alieno promises up to six electric motors powering one wheel, so the most powerful version of the RP5 should have a total of twenty-four electric motors. The self-developed batteries are to use graphene lithium-polymer (LiPo) cells and supercapacitors. Alieno talks about three battery sizes: SBP (Street Battery Pack = road) with a capacity of 180 kWh, TBP (Track Battery Pack = circuit) with a capacity of 120 kWh and RBP (Race Battery Pack = racing) with a capacity of 60 kWh.
When charging from a fast charger with a capacity of 350 kWh, the largest battery should be full (from 0%) in 30 minutes, circuit in 20 minutes and racing in 10 minutes. But beware, Alieno is said to also have a charging station of its own design in reserve, which can provide charging power of up to 2700 kW for the road version, or 1800 kW for the circuit version and 900 kW for the racing version. The charging time from 0 to 100% then falls to 4 minutes.
So far we have talked about the first method of propulsion, denoted by the abbreviation THF. However, we mentioned that there are two prepared for Unum. What about the second drive method? It is referred to as TRS, which is an abbreviation for The Rocket Successor. It is basically a supplement to the previously mentioned THF drive, when the car is powered by… air in addition to the battery and electric motors. The cooperation of both drives is ensured by a system the company refers to as the “octopus synergistic system”.
Equipped with the TRS technology package, the Unum has a total of twenty-four nozzles, which Alieno calls “missiles”. The nozzles are located in various vents on the bodywork, supposedly so as not to disturb the appearance of the car. The Nozzle Vectoring Control (TVC) system then determines which direction each nozzle will blow to ensure the car’s optimal position on the road.
For the TRS function, ordinary air is to be used, which is stored under a pressure of 700 bar in a cylinder made of composite materials located above the battery, specifically behind the seats. Filling the bottle is done either with a built-in compressor, an external compressor or from an external container with compressed air. The built-in compressor can fill the bottle with air even while driving, while it can take energy not only from the battery, but also from recuperation, at the moment when the car’s battery is full.
In addition, compressed air promises to fulfill a number of other functions in the Unum model. For example, it can be emitted through a fake exhaust pipe to imitate the sound of (supposedly any) car with an internal combustion engine. The nozzles also save the car in case of loss of grip, keeping it on the road and helping to bring it under control. Or in the event of an impending accident, they can help avert it. Or – you don’t like driving on a wet road? Use the jets to dry it in front of the car and blow deeper water to the sides.
As with the previous Arcanum model, Alieno started accepting pre-orders immediately upon the car’s introduction. Although the press release literally mentions that the factory is still under construction and in the process of expansion, again the car is promised to be delivered within 18 to 30 months. The price of Unum THF in the weakest version of RP2 is 1.8 million euros (44 million crowns) and in the strongest version RP5 is 2.7 million euros (66 million crowns).
The price of the undoubtedly irresistible Unum TRS starts at 3.0 million euros (74 million crowns) and, depending on the car design and the customer’s specification, can cost up to 4.5 million euros (111 million crowns). The modernized THF technology and the new TRS technology can now also be purchased for the previous Arcanum model, which is 200 thousand euros cheaper (5 million crowns) compared to the new Unum. So admit it, who has itchy fingers and will order quickly?