$65,000 base price
natural & supercharged
& 300 hp
lbs per hp
122.5 & 150 hp per liter
(from Ariel Motor
Company) The Ariel Atom
Look at the
specification: double unequal length wishbones, pushrod
operated inboard dampers, adjustable outboard rod ends, lightweight
fabricated uprights. This is single seater technology made
usable. Adjustment for ride height, for toe, for camber, to
quickly set the car up for driver or track. Or simply leave it
where it is and enjoy it. Race car dynamics, reliable driveability.
This is more than a car. It is a tool.
Walk around the Atom and
names leap out. Bilstein, Eibach, Willans. Look deeper
between the chassis tubes and the spokes of the wheels.
There's more. Tilton, ITG, SPA, Alcon, Goodridge.
Adjustable front/rear bias brakes, twin master cylinders, composite
bodywork, alloy adjustable pedals, four point harnesses, competition
steering rack. This is a car that has been designed to a
specification not built down to a price.
Lift the rear cover,
another name. An important one. Honda. Makers of
the best engines in the world. And here in the Atom 3 the
latest all alloy Honda 2.0 liter i-VTEC. No turbos, no race
gearboxes, no bits of motorcycles. Just remarkable and
reliable Honda power. Low speed tractability with race engine
dynamics. Normally aspirated or supercharged. Honda
provenance, Ariel design. Now look further. Fabricated
tubular manifold, ram air system, dedicated electronic control unit.
The Ariel detailing.
Settle into the molded
composite seat and the tubular chassis surrounds you.
Protection, space and torsional strength. Engineering dictates
aesthetics. Bronze and TIG welded by hand, phosphated and
powder coated, the Atom chassis reflects the visible attention to
detail and quality. Turn the suede steering wheels and the
lightweight alloy rack responds instantly.
Flip the ignition.
Electronic needles spring to life, the fuel pump primes. Press
the starter. The engine settles to a quiet tickover.
Track or traffic the atom is ready. First gear and launch the
car. The urgent bark of the VTEC cuts in, the supercharger
whines, the needles compete towards the 8600 limiter. Zero to
60 mph in 2.7 seconds. 0-100 mph in 6.8 seconds. Up to
600bhp per tonne. Astounding figures. Quicker than a
Ferrari Enzo, more lateral G than a Porsche GT3. Giant killing
performance for a fraction of the price. This is race car
territory, but obtainable, affordable.
From a 48” front wheel
bicycle, with the first patented tensioned spoke wheels in 1870, to
the unique Atom, Ariel have always put design and innovation at the
front of development. Synonymous with the history of the motor
industry, Ariel thrive as manufacturers of the best, as well as,
fastest and most exciting sportscar in the world.
From Bicycle’s to Motorcycle’s.....From Motorcycle’s to car’s, Ariel
remains unique. There is only one Atom!