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Posted: 10/28/2010 11:50:44 AM EDT
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A few highlights:
-500 hp
-909 hp/ton (compare with the 530 hp/ton Bugatti Veyron or 434 hp/ton Ferrari Enzo)
-1100 lb (based on the two figures above)
-0-60: < 2.5s (target: 2.3s)
-0-100: < 6.0s (target: 5.4s)
-3.0L N/A Hartley V8, DOHC, dry sump, ITB, 32V, 10,500 rpm
-Vmax: 200 mph (I'm really surprised at this with the kind of drag that car must produce –– light weight isn't that big of an ally at 200mph)
-6-speed SMT (40ms upshift [flat foot!], 50ms downshift)
-Adjustable LSD
-Aerofoil cross section A-arms
-Upgraded adjustable suspension
-Adjustable traction control, launch control, gearbox settings; built-in data logging
-Front & rear CF wings
-Gear ratios chosen by customer
-25 total to be produced (20 pre-ordered). £150,000 (base Atom: $50,000).

Interesting fact: the engine is effectively two I4 Suzuki Hayabusa engines bolted up to make a V8. Now obviously I'm oversimplifying, but I think that's pretty neat. I remember reading about an engine made in that fashion before, but this is the first time I've seen one in anything approaching a "production vehicle." At first I didn't catch that, and I was scratching my head about how a 3.0L N/A V8 might make 500 hp.

Quote from company: "I believe it's the role of little firms like ours to go where the big companies can't or won't. It's almost our duty."



Link Posted: 10/28/2010 11:59:47 AM EDT
It's definately gonna need fatter tires and one hell of a traction control system.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 4:25:05 PM EDT

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 4:27:53 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 4:58:45 PM EDT

Now imagine it at 200 mph, instead of perhaps 90 mph.

Remember, aerodynamic drag force goes as v^2.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 5:35:58 PM EDT
That engine has a note like a 80's F1 car! I got to hear one in a Lotus 7 ish car
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 5:41:06 PM EDT
It's definately gonna need fatter tires and one hell of a traction control system.

"This is my traction control system." (points at right foot)

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