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Posted: 9/7/2010 5:14:40 AM EDT


The Ariel Atom is a lightweight, high-performance sports car which started life as a design project by then-student Nik Smart. Ten years later, the Atom has progressed through three iterations, and there are plans to expand the Atom family with the creation of a motorcycle and the upcoming Ariel Atom 500 V8. The bike is still being developed, but some lucky Atom owners got a sneak peek at the V8-powered variant.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:16:19 AM EDT
K, thx for sharing.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:16:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:17:40 AM EDT


Wiki says:

Ariel announced in February 2008 its latest Atom variant, the Ariel Atom 500. It features a 500 horsepower 3.0 litre Russell Savory designed V8 engine (also planned to be used in the Caterham 7 RS), carbon fibre body panels and aerofoils, chromoly aerofoil wishbones, integrated function steering wheel, Alcon four-piston brake calipers, and Dymag magnesium wheels. The engine weighs a mere 90 kgs and is coupled to a Sadev 6-speed sequential gearbox to cope with the hike in power over the Honda unit. [7]

Ariel will produce just 25 this year, prices are expected to be at least $160,000

So it's been 2 years and nothing?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:18:19 AM EDT
EEEEEEEvilllllllllllllllll!!!!!

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:20:54 AM EDT
500 hp in a car that weighs around 1300-1400 lbs, oh my.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:25:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 5:27:19 AM EDT by John_Wayne777]
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:27:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Originally Posted By snakes19:
500 hp in a car that weighs around 1300-1400 lbs, oh my.


...and with no traction control or anything like that, IIRC.

500 HP in an Atom might be a good example of "too much of a good thing".


find some F1 slicks and trailer that thing to the track
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:28:20 AM EDT
99.99% of buyers would/could not drive that car to it full potential.

A very capable toy.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:29:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Originally Posted By snakes19:
500 hp in a car that weighs around 1300-1400 lbs, oh my.


...and with no traction control or anything like that, IIRC.

500 HP in an Atom might be a good example of "too much of a good thing". In the original version it was already something that was so screaming fast it was outclassing most everything short of an F1 racecar. With 200 extra HP you're going to have to be one seriously talented dude to avoid certain death.


That thing would need wings the size of a 737 to stay on the ground and tires about twice as wide in the ass end to get the power to the road.

The 0-60 time will SUCK compared to the lower horsed versions, no way to keep that sort of power from breaking the wheels loose.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:30:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:35:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Originally Posted By snakes19:
find some F1 slicks and trailer that thing to the track


I wouldn't try to push the original Atom to it's limits...there's no way I'd go near a 500 HP version unless it was on one of those really nice European tracks with all the huge gravel stops between the pavement and the walls. I like being alive and fully functional.


Even THAT would probably not be enough (assuming you could get it up to speed without breaking something or doing donoughts until the tires popped).

Cool though - nice niche vehicle.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:39:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 5:44:30 AM EDT by John_Wayne777]
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:47:15 AM EDT
What will this one do to your face?

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 5:50:42 AM EDT
I'll wait for the street legal version!
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 11:58:46 AM EDT
I'll take one of these:
Lotus Exos T125. 640hp, normally aspirated 3.5-liter Cosworth V8. 1,430 pounds. ~$950,000. Must pass a fitness test to purchase (5g turns).

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 12:00:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 12:05:05 PM EDT
I would INSTANTLY lose my license in that thing.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 12:19:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jsnappa:
I'll take one of these:
Lotus Exos T125. 640hp, normally aspirated 3.5-liter Cosworth V8. 1,430 pounds. ~$950,000. Must pass a fitness test to purchase (5g turns).


I'll take 6 Atoms, thanks.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 12:32:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Originally Posted By snakes19:
find some F1 slicks and trailer that thing to the track


I wouldn't try to push the original Atom to it's limits...there's no way I'd go near a 500 HP version unless it was on one of those really nice European tracks with all the huge gravel stops between the pavement and the walls. I like being alive and fully functional.

I spent some time in this one ( a friends)and i can agree with J_W an atom at its limit is got full retard but the new one is just crazy.

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 12:39:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M4-AK:
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/09/v8186-630op.jpg

The Ariel Atom is a lightweight, high-performance sports car which started life as a design project by then-student Nik Smart. Ten years later, the Atom has progressed through three iterations, and there are plans to expand the Atom family with the creation of a motorcycle and the upcoming Ariel Atom 500 V8. The bike is still being developed, but some lucky Atom owners got a sneak peek at the V8-powered variant.


I'd like to see anyone less than an expert/race driver keep it's tires planted, much less keep it on the road/track at speed.

Lightweights typically have 4 cylinders or less and 2 liter engine. Nurburgring time should be interesting though. It would have to be in the 6s or very low 7s to be interesting.

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 12:53:25 PM EDT
2.9 sec. -0- to 60........and that was the supercharged Honda type-R powerplant.. The V8 version has to be a scream.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 12:55:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
you're going to have to be one seriously talented dude to avoid certain death.

And some really great youtube videos for the times they don't. And some fresh fodder for the Darwin awards as well.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:01:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Originally Posted By snakes19:
500 hp in a car that weighs around 1300-1400 lbs, oh my.


...and with no traction control or anything like that, IIRC.

500 HP in an Atom might be a good example of "too much of a good thing". In the original version it was already something that was so screaming fast it was outclassing most everything short of an F1 racecar. With 200 extra HP you're going to have to be one seriously talented dude to avoid certain death.


Not only that, but looks like anything less than an aluminum small block Ford would throw the balance out of whack.

Traction issues as well.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:04:06 PM EDT
Pfffffffffffffftttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt­tttttttttttt

God damn, all over the fucking desk!
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:05:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rudolf_Diesel:
I would INSTANTLY lose my license in that thing.

Before I even got it off the lot
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:09:29 PM EDT
"The Atom V8 is powered by a 3.0 liter Hartley V8 which was actually developed from two Suzuki motorcycle engines. It produces 475hp in standard trim but if that isn’t enough for you, there is a 500hp race version too.
The Ariel V8 is offered with a 6-speed sequential Sadev transmission, Intrax dampers, a revised double-wishbone suspension as well as Alcon brakes that hide behind wheels that are fitted with X-rated Toyo tires."
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:11:35 PM EDT
Do so want!

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:45:44 PM EDT
I've been lusting after one of these for years. I would sell my left nut to own one.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:57:40 PM EDT
I need to learn to weld better!


And build my own.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:59:14 PM EDT
I'll be in bunk, that thing is fucking amazing!!!
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 3:00:32 PM EDT
That may well be the greatest car- IN THE WORLD!!!
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 3:04:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By subjectofcalifornia:
I need to learn to weld better!


And build my own.


This...

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 9:55:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cromlech:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaWoo82zNUA.


I want one.

And I'm going to get one.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:00:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:
That may well be the greatest car- IN THE WORLD!!!


Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:01:30 PM EDT
Jumping the shark.

Colin Chapman would not approve.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:12:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2010 10:18:41 PM EDT by lostnswv]
There are a number of Ariel Atoms currently licensed and road legal...well legal-ish . Of course Jay Leno has one in California, but there are several lesser mortals in California and other states that are driving those suckers on the road. I would love to take one on some long empty stretch of road and see just how malformed my face could be ala Jeremy Clarkson's alien face lift when he drove the Atom.

EDIT I see someone posted a video of Clarkson's ride. I surprised that Clarkson didn't get out of the ATOM and tell the crew he need some alone time when that ride was over.

Also apparently some of the people from the Ariel Owners Club get together occassionally for a drive up one of the more scenic highways.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 11:11:16 PM EDT
There is one in the Seattle area, I saw it a few weeks ago.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 11:30:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TUMOR:
"The Atom V8 is powered by a 3.0 liter Hartley V8 which was actually developed from two Suzuki motorcycle engines. It produces 475hp in standard trim but if that isn’t enough for you, there is a 500hp race version too.
The Ariel V8 is offered with a 6-speed sequential Sadev transmission, Intrax dampers, a revised double-wishbone suspension as well as Alcon brakes that hide behind wheels that are fitted with X-rated Toyo tires."

so its 2 hyabusa motors?
interesting
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:06:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mr_camera_man:
What will this one do to your face?

http://cnreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/topgearatom.jpg


My epiglottis is full of BEES!

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Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:17:30 AM EDT
guys its a 10k rpm motor... its not making 500hp throughout the entire power curve.. id bet its ~400hp at 7500ish
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:24:08 AM EDT
seems a v8 would not be necessary for that platform but if you owned one i bet after a while of driving it youd be able to squeeze a little more out of that v8 without breaking traction.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:34:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By victorgonzales:
seems a v8 would not be necessary for that platform but if you owned one i bet after a while of driving it youd be able to squeeze a little more out of that v8 without breaking traction.


You should get a Driver License before posting in these threads!
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:40:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dunragit:
99.99% of buyers would/could not drive that car to it full potential.

A very capable toy.

Um, I want a little more sheet metal around me. A GT2 RS, Vanquish V12, or a Ferrari would be better. For me anyway.

The average American bad driver would wind up as a hood ornament on an Escalade with one of those things.

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 1:07:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Originally Posted By victorgonzales:
seems a v8 would not be necessary for that platform but if you owned one i bet after a while of driving it youd be able to squeeze a little more out of that v8 without breaking traction.


You should get a Driver License before posting in these threads!

ouch, man, ouch.


That is one scary-fast car.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 8:41:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 8:45:45 PM EDT by Danj]
Are these things street legal? I swear I saw one of these (I guess it's the older model) parked on main street in my town two weeks ago. I had no idea what it was but it looked fucking cool.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 8:48:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Originally Posted By victorgonzales:
seems a v8 would not be necessary for that platform but if you owned one i bet after a while of driving it youd be able to squeeze a little more out of that v8 without breaking traction.


You should get a Driver License before posting in these threads!

lol you got me good there.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 9:10:46 PM EDT
i'd probably spin a miata if i tried driving hard. i wouldnt even try pushing that; i'd probably spin in a straight line
Originally Posted By Danj:
Are these things street legal? I swear I saw one of these (I guess it's the older model) parked on main street in my town two weeks ago. I had no idea what it was but it looked fucking cool.

i'm not sure, but maybe if it is sold as a kit car. i'm pretty damn sure it wont pass any sort of crash requirements, especially since it doesn't have bumpers
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 9:24:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RarestRX:


Wiki says:

Ariel announced in February 2008 its latest Atom variant, the Ariel Atom 500. It features a 500 horsepower 3.0 litre Russell Savory designed V8 engine (also planned to be used in the Caterham 7 RS), carbon fibre body panels and aerofoils, chromoly aerofoil wishbones, integrated function steering wheel, Alcon four-piston brake calipers, and Dymag magnesium wheels. The engine weighs a mere 90 kgs and is coupled to a Sadev 6-speed sequential gearbox to cope with the hike in power over the Honda unit. [7]

Ariel will produce just 25 this year, prices are expected to be at least $160,000

So it's been 2 years and nothing?
I like the super 7 line better



Link Posted: 9/12/2010 9:29:00 PM EDT
I know a guy who bought the un-supercharged version a few years ago, I see him driving it around town a few times a year.

I guess he had it parked out front of a old spaghetti factory awhile back and some guy jumped in it and was telling everyone it was his. He even took pics and posted it on his web page and the owner found it.

I think he has a few vids on the web of him driving it sears point.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 9:36:00 PM EDT
That car is awesome!!! But they have said its been comming out for over 2 years now..... but I would definitely drive one!!! I'm not wuss!
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