Introduction to the Ariel Atom
The Ariel Atom has swept the minds of car enthusiasts around the world since its UK debut in the early 2000's. Even though the Atom is constantly evolving and is now in its 3rd iteration, there is one constant, our promise of offering one of the most extreme vehicles on the planet. We are happy to offer the Ariel Atom in two different trim levels for the North American Market - the Atom 3S and Atom 3. These models vary from horsepower output, standard equipment, and pricing. Compare the models below to find the right Atom for you!
Introduction of the Models
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"365hp of Grin-Inducing Insanity" - R&T
The Ariel Atom 3S is the flagship of the Atom lineup featuring the most standard features alongside an impressive 365 horsepower turbocharged engine.....
" The performance is physical..." -evo
Distinctly unique, deceptively fast, stunningly beautiful, an engineering marvel - welcome to the Atom 3 - the gateway to the Ariel experience that you won't regret...
From the ground up, the Ariel Atom 3R did not disappoint. With its head turning good looks and performance options carefully selected for true drivers, this model was a instant hit.
This limited edition, with only 10 units produced, was cloaked with select hand laid carbon fiber panels finished with a deep clear coating to ensure the beauty of each woven fiber was visible. Most importantly was the "reincarnation" of the high-revving Honda K20(z3) engine, utilizing a proprietary Supercharger, which brought the power to over 300hp. Other model specific equipment included a custom Metallic-Gloss Black chassis/wheel color that will never be used on a production Ariel Atom again. Red Wilwood Brake Calipers, Brake Lines, and Logos made a statement as they peered out from the car laden in black.
Owners of the Ariel Atom 3R are apart of an exclusive club in which only 10 members are allowed...
Ariel atom - special edition - 1/1
The result of a collaboration between TMI and Honda Performance Development to create one of the most hardcore track-only Atoms yet, using battle-tested HPD parts to increase power.
It used a 275-hp 2.4-liter Honda K24 four-cylinder is similar in spec to the engines found in the Civic Si racers that compete the Continental SportsCar Challenge and SCCA World Challenge series. It was about 25 hp down on supercharged Atoms, but it's a significant increase over the standard Atom 3. It also screamed to 8000 rpm and retained the purity of a naturally aspirated race engine. The six-speed close-ratio gearbox is also a product of HPD and it came with a limited-slip differential.
Ariel Atom 500 (V8) - 25/25
Introduced in February 2008, the Ariel Atom 500 featured a 500 horsepower 3.0 liter John Hartley-designed V8 engine, carbon fiber body panels and aerofoils, chromoly aerofoil wishbones, an integrated function steering wheel, Alcon four-piston brake calipers, and Dymag magnesium wheels. The engine weighed 90 kg (198 lb) and was coupled to a SADEV six-speed sequential gearbox. During the development process, a RS performance engine was replaced by a unit prepared by Hartley Enterprises giving the final production version of the 550 kg (1,213 lb) car 909 bhp/ton.
On 23 January 2011, the Atom 500 set the lap record around the Top Gear test Track, with a time of 1:15.1, making it the fastest road-legal car to go around the track - a record that stood for over two years.
Even with a price tag starting at over $20ok, 25 total units were produced and sold for the world market.