Ariel Atom

  • 2019 Ariel Atom 4

    The Honda Civic Type R is a fast car. Now just imagine dropping its engine into a lightweight machine resembling a cage on wheels. Well, that's exactly what British firm Ariel has done for the fourth generation of its Atom roadster. Unveiled on Wednesday, the Atom 4 has been designed from the ground up with a new chassis, new body, new aerodynamic elements, and of course that new engine. “The Atom 4 is the biggest change to the [Atom] since we originally released it in 1999,” Ariel boss Simon Saunders said. “It really is an all-new car; in fact there are only three parts...

  • Ariel Atom Aero-P concept
    Ariel brings back the ‘fan car’ with Atom Aero-P concept

    Generating massive amounts of downforce without the added drag that most aerodynamic elements add to a car is the holy grail of designing fast track machines. One of the more out-there solutions is the addition of a fan that literally sucks air from below the car in order to create an area of low...

  • Ariel Atom 3.5R
    Ariel may use Honda hybrid tech for future Atoms

    The track-oriented Ariel Atom may be getting an electric boost in the future, according to the company's leader, Simon Saunders. Speaking with Britain's Autocar, Saunders indicated that he is eager for the electric motor technology that debuted in the new 2017 Acura NSX to make its way down to more...

  • 1/18 scale Ariel Atom 500
    Scale model Ariel Atom 500 now available

    A scale model manufacturer has managed to do what many before have failed at: Creating a scale model of the V-8-powered Ariel Atom 500. Stretching 134 inches from head to toe, the life-size Ariel Atom isn't exactly a big car. And, as you might expect, the scale model version won't take up a lot of...

  • 2015 Rezvani Beast
    500-Horsepower Rezvani Beast Revealed In The Carbon Fiber: Video

    When we first heard about Californian startup Rezvani and its plans for a new track-focused sports car called the Beast, we didn’t have high hopes for the company considering its founder Ferris Rezvani’s links with two previous failed sports car projects: the Bulleta RF22 and Volarra...

  • Ariel Atom 3S
    More Powerful Ariel Atom 3S Revealed: Video

    The distributor of the Ariel Atom in the U.S., TMI AutoTech, has a new, more powerful version of the stripped-out track car ready for order. It’s called the Atom 3S, and it's featured in prototype form in the video above. DON'T MISS: Meet Pagani's Chief Tester Davide Testi: Video Power in the...

  • Ariel Atom police car

    It seems barely a month goes by without a police force in some part of the world unveiling an insanely fast police car. Usually, that honor falls to Dubai, or Abu Dhabi, but this month it's the turn of Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the picturesque south of England. Rather than conspicuous consumption though, the force has taken a different approach: minimalism. In fact, its new Ariel Atom is about as minimalist as cars come. MUST SEE: McLaren F1 Owners Spend Two Loud & Lovely Days Together: Video Fast, too--the Atom's Honda engine has been tuned to produce 350 horsepower, up from 245...

  • Ariel Atom 3.5R
    Ariel Atom 3.5R Upgrades Power, Suspension, Gearbox, Tires

    For wind-in-your-face motoring with a decidedly modern bent, there are few cars that offer more smiles per dollar than the Ariel Atom. Soon, it will see yet another upgrade to the new 3.5R specification, bringing improved handling and performance. Based on the Atom 3.5 introduced in late 2012...

  • 2015 Rezvani Beast
    Rezvani Beast Debuts With Ariel Atom Lightness, Supercar Looks

    The Ariel Atom has long been an object of desire for track fiends, but its utterly minimalist nature can limit its appeal to the average passerby. The Rezvani Beast aims to change that, with dramatic exterior styling that bridges the gulf between track star and supercar. MUST SEE: 1,000-HP...

  • The Ariel Atom 3.5
    Ariel Announces The New Atom 3.5

    When it comes to minimalist cars that deliver maximum driving pleasure, few are better known than the Ariel Atom. Beloved by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson and distributed worldwide, the Ariel Atom is very much a modern interpretation of Colin Chapman’s philosophy behind the original Lotus...

  • 700-HP Ariel Atom by DDMWorks
    700-HP Ariel Atom By DDMWorks: Gallery

    The Ariel Atom is nothing new, but we don't really care. It's a tube-framed bit of awesome street-legal track-day kit, and in the hands of DDMWorks, it becomes something like your own personal F1 car--without all those micro-managing engineers, team principals, and FIA officials breathing down your...

  • 2011 Ariel Atom Mugen limited edition
    Ariel Celebrates Atom 10th Anniversary With Mugen Special Edition

    It’s hard to believe that the Ariel Atom has been around for 10 years, but it has, and in honor of reaching that milestone Ariel has partnered with Mugen to develop a special edition of its stripped-out roadster. Only 10 of the new roadsters will be built, each powered by an uprated version...

  • Ariel Atom 3

    Ariel's Atom open-bodied, tube-frame roadster is well known as the face-stretching fun-maker beloved of track-addicts everywhere. Now, the car can be for more than just fun: it can be for real, wheel-to-wheel racing, thanks to a Spec Racer Atom series announced today. If you have $210 per weekend and the budget for a purpose-built TMI AutoTech (the U.S. distributor of the Atom) Spec Racer Atom--not to exceed $32,000 for founding members--you can go racing 10 times over five weekends in the season, behind the wheel of a completely stock, as-delivered car, on Virginia International Raceway's...

  • Ariel Atom 3
    V-8 Powered Ariel Atom Nears Production

    You have to hand to the Brits. Only they could build a lightweight roadster like the Ariel Atom, shoehorn a thumping V-8 engine into its fully open chassis, and then call it road legal. That’s exactly what British sports car manufacturer Ariel plans to do, revealing that its V-8 powered roadster...

  • DDMWorks Twincharged Ariel Atom
    DDMWorks 430-HP Twincharged Ariel Atom Wreaks Track-Day Havoc

    The twincharged Ariel Atom from DDMWorks combines a turbocharger with a supercharger for boosted fun.

  • Ariel Atom 3
    New Ariel Atom 3 Starts From $49,980

    The stripped-down road-legal racer gets a new entry-level price.

  • The Wrightspeed X1 prototype
    Wrightspeed Cancels The X1 Electric Sports Car

    Detroit's carmakers aren't the only ones that need some help in the down market. Smaller manufacturers, especially startup and mid-sized electric vehicle companies, are in tight spots as well. Tesla is in need of a cash infusion to build its Model S sedan, and now Wrightspeed, the company behind...

  • Ariel adds a windscreen to the Atom
    Ariel Adds A Windscreen To The Atom

    The skeleton-framed two-seat open-top rocket ship that is the Ariel Atom has gained notoriety not just for its commanding performance and unique styling, but also for it's face-stretching capabilities. Outfitted with no wind-deflecting device whatsoever, the Ariel Atom is best driven at high speed...

  • Ariel launches new Atom 3

    The Ariel Atom is essentially a highly-strung engine bolted to a metal frame with a pair of seats and four wheels attached. There’s no roof, windows or significant safety features but what you get in return is an amazing power-to-weight ratio and an acceleration time for the 0-60mph of just three seconds. The Atom has proved so popular that the Ariel Motor Company has launched a third generation model, appropriately dubbed the Atom 3. Changes to the new model are minimal and consist of diagonal side rails in the chassis and a twin exhaust outlet up back. Most of the roadster’s...

  • Wrightspeed X1 - the electric Ariel Atom
    Wrightspeed X1: The Electric Ariel Atom

    We've come across news of the Wrightspeed X1, essentially a fully electric Ariel Atom that can put most supercars to shame. The lightweight roadster uses a 3-phase AC induction motor with 236hp. One of our favorite characteristics of electric cars is that they have 100% torque (182 ft. lbs)...

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