Ariel Atom

Ariel Atom

  The Ariel Atom is a high performance open air roadster that is produced by the Ariel Motor Company in Somerset, England. The Atom is built with an exoskeleton type frame and features very minimal bodywork to go along with the sports car’s lightweight theme. The Ariel Atom is powered by a variety of power plants ranging from a supercharged Honda K series four cylinders to GM Ecotec engines with outputs ranging from 245 HP to 300 HP depending upon the application. The standard Atom is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in only 2.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 150 MPH. Ariel is currently working on the Atom 500, taking the lightweight sports car to the next level with a 2.4 Liter 10,000 RPM V8 made from a pair of Suzuki Hyabusa engines that will produce a maximum output of 500 HP.

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The popularity of driving simulators has literally increased 10 fold with the ever-changing and advances in technology over the past few years and no, we’re not talking about your generic simulators such as Forza and Gran Turismo . We are actually referring to full-on simulators which offer you the best possible experience you can get this side of actually driving a car.

There are literally dozens of these systems offered in the market, and the vast majority of them simply feature a seat, pedals, steering wheel and a gearstick with a standard flat-screen television. However, if Motion Simulation and the masterminds at Ariel have their way, the face of racing simulators is set to change for the better, and we’re over the moon by the prospect.

In the brand new system offered by the pairing, you get a complete capsule to best replicate the feeling of driving a true sports car, such as the Ariel Atom and features three high-definition projectors offering a screen no less than 2 meters wide and home to seven million pixels. All up, this new system offers an unmatched 180 degree driving experience and can also be used for a variety of other compatible gaming uses.

Hit the jump to read more about the Ariel Atom simulator.

Source: Autoblog

We love watching videos of some of the hottest sports and super cars do their thing on some of the best race tracks in the world, so when we came across a 20 minute long video of the Ariel Atom V8 and the Noble M600 in action at the most impressive race track, we had to jump on it.

Chris Harris was behind the wheel of two of the most amazing British supercars for his little trip around the Nurburgring. The two cars were borrowed from the factory, so it was even more challenging for Harris. No one wants a super car maker mad at them for wrecking borrowed cars, right? But in the end, Chris Harris described the experience as "scary as sh*t, but awesome!"

As a reminder, the Ariel Atom V8 is powered by a Hartley-built 3.0 liter V8 engine that produces 500 HP and 284 lb-ft at 7750 rpm. The Noble M600 Noble M600 is powered by a Volvo Volvo -sourced mid-mounted 4.4-liter V8 engine with a couple of turbochargers in it. For the M600, Noble is producing three power variants – a 450 horsepower, a 550 horsepower, and a range topping 650 horsepower with 654 lb/ft of torque.

We all know how difficult it could be to eat something while we’re riding in a car. Between spilling your drink and dropping some pickles on the seat, the sanitary risks are all there.

Then there’s the matter of eating a Big Mac while riding shotgun on an Ariel Atom . In this video, a couple of guys demonstrate how to eat a Big Mac on an Atom that’s going full blast. One dude was in charge of driving the high-powered sports car while the other was tasked with the more difficult job of actually consuming a Big Mac meal, complete with fries and a large soda.

Needless to say, it proved to be far more difficult to accomplish, especially when it came to actually controlling you hands from all the involuntary movements it was making as a result of the Atom going full-blast on the road.

There are plenty of laughs in this video, as well as a reminder that it’s probably not the best idea to try consuming your lunch while you’re on board a car like the Atom.

Seriously, how do these people think of this stuff?

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We know that this really isn’t so much of a race as it is a clear show of superiority for the out-of-this world Ariel Atom V8 , but it’s still pretty cool to see how a car like the Wiesmann MF3 Roadster can hold up against the mighty Atom, even if it’s relative to the number of car-lengths the latter can have over the former.

This video shows us exactly how powerful the Atom V8 really is. Make no mistake, the MF3 Roadster is far from a lightweight considering that it’s powered by a 3.2.-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 343 horsepower and 269 lb/ft of torque. But when you put those numbers up against the Atom V8 and its 3.0-liter V8 engine that chalks up 500 horsepower, it’s about as competitive as LeBron James participating in a dunk contest against Verne Troyer.

That’s not to say that this video isn’t entertaining. After all, it’s always fun to see the Ariel Atom V8 lay the smack down on any car that tries to cross its path.

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Italy’s Stelvio Pass is known as one of the most dangerous, as well as the most amazing roads in the world. So when Top Gear wanted to do some testing shots with a truly unprecedented selection of performance cars currently on the market, Stelvio Pass was an obvious choice for the location.

In this group was the fastest production car ever, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport ; Ferrari’s new FF ; the McLaren MP4-12C ; Porsche’s finest ever 911, the GT3 RS 4.0 ; Jaguar’s new XKR-S ; Ariel’s mental Atom Mugen ; BMW’s new accessible thrill machine, the 1-Series M Coupe ; the Ford Mustang Boss Laguna Seca ; and the Zonda F . That list already presented a mouthful and there were still more vehicles present.

All the cars in the show were estimated at £3,718,090 - or about $5,217,907 at the current exchange rates - and delivered a combined output of 6,071bhp. So, which one do you like best?

Source: TopGear

The presenters over at Top Gear have seen and driven just about every supercar that has been produced for the last decade, so it’s not surprising that the fastest lap times around their race track belong to the fastest and most powerful machines on the planet.

The list is impressive, to say the least. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport sits on top with the Gumpert Apollo , Ascari A10 , and Noble M600 following suit. Not your everyday Ferraris , people.

But as the course of history has shown us, once in a while, a modern day David arrives with a rock and a sling in hand to topple the mighty Goliaths in one fell swoop.

Weighing only 550 kg and powered by a 3.0-liter V8 engine that produces 500 horsepower, this David is by no means a pushover. It’s the Ariel Atom V8 500 and it sure made quite an impression on Top Gear .

Hit the jump for the record-breaking details!

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If you believed that the Atom V8 500 was the best Ariel could do, well you were wrong. The company is preparing a limited edition Atom Mugen that has made its world debut at the UK’s Autosport Show in January 2011. The model was built as a celebration of the Atom ’s 10th anniversary and will be limited to only 10 units. Each of these units will feature different livery and will have a numbered plate signed by Ariel and Mugen.

The future Atom Mugen, as you might have guessed, will be developed in cooperation with the Japanese tuner, Mugen, who is no stranger when it comes to developing tuning packages for a number of Honda models.

Together, the two companies were able to build an Ariel Atom that’s so deliciously powerful, 10 models feels like it’s not enough to satiate the craving of Atom fans all over the world.

Details for the 2012 Ariel Atom Mugen after the jump

A few years ago the Ariel Atom Experience was launched by the very people that brought the Ariel Atom over to the U.S., TMI Autotech. This program gave people the incredible opportunity to drive the open air roadster on the track for a day, but, along with everyone else, the program took a nosedive when the economy bottomed out. Now, after four years, Ariel and TMI have announced that the Ariel Atom Experience (AAE) driving events are coming back to the US for 2011.

The program isn’t as extensive as it used to be with races being held exclusively at the Virginia International Raceway as opposed to the various locations from the previous years. There will be 10 races spanned over five weekends from March through October with amateur racers taking their place inside a newly-built & spec’d Ariel Atom 3. Before each race there will be four 25 minute sessions of practice and qualifying before the drivers take their Atoms through the 20 minute race.

"Virginia International Raceway is absolutely thrilled to host the Ariel Atom Experience beginning in 2011," stated VIR Managing Partner Connie Nyholm. "The new format and price point are sure to be winners with Atom fans and anyone seeking a driving adventure experience. Of course, all drivers and their guests are welcome to stay over at VIR Resort’s Lodge, have dinner at Oak Tree Tavern, go karting, to the Spa, or just watch the racing action all around them."

The first race will be held on June 2011, with the cars making their debut in April. Cost for the event is $495 per person, per event, which is an excellent deal for anyone wanting to try their hand as an Ariel Atom racer.

Source: Atom Club

The Ariel Atom 3 is no doubt a very powerful car, so it’s actually a little surprising that tuners everywhere haven’t jumped at the chance to renovate the sports car. Sure, last week we brought the Areal Atom , which was a completely "new" car inspired by the original Ariel Atom (note the play on names), but we still haven’t seen a tuning kit made especially for the Atom. Of course, German tuner Wimmer RS is about to change all of that.

With a total weight of 469 kilos and a two-liter four-cylinder Honda engine with 300 ponies kicking under the hood, the Atom was bound to get some sort of power boost eventually. Winner RS has done that with an engine optimization software, a modified supercharger, fuel pump conversion, and sport exhaust system done together with Rennkat. These new tweaks allow the Atom to jump from 300hp to 340hp and 282 Nm of torque without even blinking an eye. The increase in power allows the Atom to obtain a sprint from 0-60mph in an incredible 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in 7.1 seconds.

In order to take in all of that power - standard or modified -, the Atom is equipped with unique internal shock absorbers, a pushrod suspension, and damper struts. All of those items combined with a tube frame replacing the body allows the vehicle to have rigidity, low weight, and maximum safety for corner speeds.

With performance and handling taken care of, Wimmer RS took the next step to make sure the modified Atom sounded as good as it drove. This was done by adding an exhaust system with optimized back pressure.

Press release after the jump.

We like the play on words and definitely enjoy the inspiration on the Ariel Atom , but we’re a little disappointed that this vehicle won’t be making the production line in the near and far future.

Conceptualized by Singaporean designer Muhamman Imram, this dandy of a futuristic vehicle is called the Areal Atom, a car that’s so technologically advanced way beyond its years it actually is powered by a real atom.
Get it, now? Areal Atom…A-Real Atom.

Inspired by the Ariel Atom, Imram’s piece of work is different from the real-life Atom because of one pretty important detail: The Areal Atom will be powered by a real atom.

According to Imram, the increasing number of countries relying on nuclear power could one day lead to its energy being used in other ways. One scenario Imram thinks could happen is that while electric vehicles may be the increasing trend in the near future, another energy source – nuclear energy – could one day end up revolutionizing the future of the auto industry.

Whether that happens still remains to be seen, but if you look at Imram’s crystal ball to a world where nuclear energy is used for the right reasons, then we can definitely see the auto industry taking the leap to previously unchartered territories.

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