Ariel Atom V8 Is Here

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The dictionary now includes a new definition for the trackday vehicle: the Ariel Atom V8. The vehicle, which only includes the basic ingredients that can offer top four-wheeled thrills has finally been unveiled following a complex development process that debuted two years ago.

At the heart of the vehicle we find a 3.0 liter V8 powerplant that was created through the joining of two Suzuki bike units. Two incarnations of the engine will be available. The first one has been created for everyday use and delivers 475 hp, while the second one is aimed at offering extreme performance on the track and lets the driver play with 500 hp.

However, the 25hp premium isn’t the only difference between the two - the latter will come with aggressive mapping that compromises anything for performance. The road-going version will scream up to 10,500 rpm, while the track incarnation will go 100 rpm further. Both units will be mated to a six speed sequential gearbox that can perform smooth shift and is therefore suitable for road driving.

The Ariel Atom V8 comes with an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of 909 hp per ton. As a comparison, we'll mention that the Bugatti Veyron offers 532 hp per ton.

The company hasn’t released the official acceleration times, but it has set itself the targets of 2.3 seconds and 5.4 seconds for the 0 to 62 mph and 0 to 100 mph sprint, respectively. The street version of the vehicle will offer a top speed of 170 mph, while the track incarnation will keep on accelerating up to 200 mph.

The vehicle will also come with a new carbon engine cover and side elements made of the same material.

The suspension and the brakes have been upgraded to cope with the extra power, while the car uses Toyo tires, which come in 205/50 R15 size for the front axle and in a 245/45 R16 size for the rear one. The interior has also received attention, as the carmaker has installed a more complex instrument panel.

Only 25 mortals will be able to enjoy the Ariel Atom V8, each paying the equivalent of $231,700 or EUR182,500 for the hypertracker.
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