While the Atom started as an ultra-light open roadster fit for two and powered by a naturally-aspirated four-banger, the 2011 Atom V8 was a different kind of animal.
In 2007, the Atom was powered by a humble, naturally-aspirated inline-four, then customers asked for more power. Then it the Atom was fitted with a Honda Civic engine that boosted its power to 300 horses thanks to a supercharger. This time, the customers were pleased. But something was missing from that supercharged engine: a V-8 sound. That came in 2011 in a 25 units limited production run and a price tag that could match a Porsche Turbo or a Ferrari 458.
The Ariel V8 sported a new wing in the back that pushed the back of the roadster harder to the ground, increasing the traction. The carmaker placed two squared wide air-intakes for the engine on the sides, which differentiated the V8 from its inline-four siblings.
The Ariel Atom V8 was that little something that made a difference. Something like a meal with or without salt and pepper. It started as a one-off vehicle, an experiment when the factory installed a rev-happy 2.4-liter V-8 at the back of an Atom chassis. In the end, the carmaker rounded up the engine to a three-liter displacement capable of doing 10,000 rpm and squeezed 500 ponies out of the naturally aspirated V-8. The engineers paired it with a six-speed sequential gearbox, which featured a clutch that wasn't needed while driving it hard, neither for the upshifts or the downshifts.
Thanks to that combo drivetrain, the Atom was capable of matching a Bugatti Veyron Supersport in a 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) run.
ENGINE SPECS - 3.0L V8 6MT (500 HP)
|Power:||373 KW @ 10600 RPM|
507 HP @ 10600 RPM
500 BHP @ 10600 RPM
|Torque:||296 lb-ft @ 6100 RPM|
401 Nm @ 6100 RPM
|Fuel System:||sequential port fuel injection|
|Top Speed:||200 mph (322 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||2.5 s|
|Drive Type:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Gearbox:||Quaife 6-speed pneumatically controlled paddle shift sequential gearbox|
|Front:||290mm ventilated crescent grooved discs, 4 piston calipers|
|Rear:||290mm ventilated crescent grooved discs, 4 piston calipers|
|Tire Size:||205/50R15 || 245/45R16|
|Length:||145.5 in (3696 mm)|
|Width:||72.8 in (1849 mm)|
|Height:||47 in (1194 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||63/63 in (1,600/1,600 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||92.3 in (2344 mm)|
|Unladen Weight:||1213 lbs (550 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|Combined:||33 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)|