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.
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.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you! Ariel have indeed gone completely bonkers and fitted a bespoke V8 engine to the already madly fast, and madly exciting Ariel Atom. The Atom is a refined vehicle that actually works on the road, allowing it to represent the best track day experience. This new V8 version takes crazy to new heights thanks to minimal weight and 500HP – that may not sound like much, but when you consider that the car weighs as much as a postage stamp on a diet, things start to get very extreme indeed.
The Ariel Atom is sort of like a lean, mean, sophisticated bare knuckle boxer that has mastered all forms of martial arts. Lean and mean because of its no frills, barely-there construction; sophisticated because it’s clever; and bare knuckled because it’s raw and uncensored. Something like a Gallardo Superleggera , which can be described in the same context as a WWE Superstar – all drama, flash and very capable - can still be considered slightly under talented in comparison to the Atom. As powerful, but three times heavier than this new Atom V8, anything in the Gallardo’s league, and in fact higher, would flounder against it on pretty much any given stretch of road or track.
Production for this amazing machine will be limited to just 25 units - each getting a commemorative plaque and unique engine to match.
Hit the jump for the full details on the Ariel Atom V8 500
After whooping it up at its 10 year anniversary celebration a few days ago , Ariel has gone back to work by allowing British magazine AutoCar to take the Ariel Atom 500 out for a little spin. Of course, they didn’t take out just any Atom. No, they got their hands on the Ariel Atom 500 V8 which was released as a sort of celebratory car to mark Ariel’s 10th anniversary.
The V8 Atom is powered by a 3.0 liter V8 engine (as the name suggests) that delivers a total of 475bhp in road trim and 500bhp in racing form. With a total weight of 550 kilos, the V8 delivers 864bhp per tonne. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in less than 2.5 seconds and 0-100 mph is achieved in 5.4 seconds. It’s important to note that the new Ariel V8’s 0-60 sprint time is faster than that of the Bugatti Veyron which is ridiculously impressive in a roadster.
From its humble beginnings as the brainchild of then-student Nik Smart, the Ariel Atom has become a childhood fantasy brought to life by speed enthusiasts of all ages. It’s hard to believe that in the ten years that it has been around, the Atom has evolved through three incarnations with the latest one, the Atom 500 V8 , being prepared to make its way into production soon.
To commemorate the company’s 10th year anniversary, Ariel took the time to host some Atom owners from all corners of the world at the company’s headquarters in Somerset in the UK. Over forty Atom owners took the company up on their offer and gathered at the headquarters to partake in the festivities, one of which was the building of a live and running Atom 500 V8 that took a little over five hours to build from the ground up.
We would’ve loved to have been part of all the hoopla, but unfortunately, we don’t have an Atom in our garages. But in any case, we do want to send our congratulations to the company for turning 10 years old. It’s a great achievement in itself, but here’s to hoping for more years of success for you boys in the UK.
Sometimes, too much of a good thing leads to bad consequences. Try telling that to DDM Works, who seem to believe that too fast isn’t fast enough.
The South Carolina-based car tuners recently took an Ariel Atom - by itself, the Atom is already ridiculously fast - and decided that the car’s 300 horsepower and 4.6 lbs/hp, which allows the rocket to blast-off from a stand-still position to 60mph in just under three seconds, still doesn’t cut it for their liking.
So they did what any other “genius” would do; they decided to install a Borg-Warner S256 turbocharger and combine it with the car’s existing Harrop HTV1320-LSJ supercharger engine.
Anytime you have ‘turbo’ and ‘super’ in the same sentence, then you probably have something that can just about flat-out fly. Now consider the Atom’s previous speed just with its engine and add it with a turbocharger. What you get is a car that packs 375 horsepower distributed on just 1,375 pounds. That’s just 3.4 lb/hp, which, if you’re keeping track, is just about as fast a road production car can get without its wheels lifting off the ground.
If you’re looking for a car that’s got some serious speed and power and isn’t expensive to boot – although it looks more like a supercharged race kart than an actual vehicle – then TMI Autotech has the answer to your needs in the form of the entry level Ariel Atom 3 , which goes for a pretty modest price tag of $49,980.
Judging from the looks of the Atom 3, you’d probably be having second thoughts on why this car is considered street-legal, but as a matter of fact, it is. You can just imagine burning rubber on a car that comes with a chassis comprised of steel tubings and aluminum bulkheads. Scary thought, isn’t it?
To make things a little more nerve-wracking, the entry-level Atom 3 has a Honda K20 engine that’s capable of producing up to 219 hp, a pretty impressive figure, but is ironically lower than the standard 245 hp Atom 3.
Now if you think that 219 hp isn’t enough to satiate your need for speed, then TMI also has a super-charged 300 hp Atom 3 at their disposal. We don’t know about you guys, but we kind of still value our lives a little bit so unless you have a death wish or something, then we’d steer clear of the 300 mph Atom 3.
If you’re a speed freak that has dreams of sitting behind the wheel of a car that has Veyron -like speeds but don’t have the moolah to spend for one, we now have a much cheaper alternative that has roughly the same power of the Veyron at a little over one-eighth the price.
The folks from Ariel , creators of the ultra-fast Atom , have released the price tag for the V8 production-ready Atom. As it stands, each car goes for around €134,000. With the power coming from a V8 engine based on two Hayabusa motorbike engines, the Ariel Atom is the literal and figurative definition of a rocket on wheels.
The production version of the Atom V8 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just under 2.5 seconds, numbers that equal that of the more obscenely expensive Bugatti Veyron. For around €134,000, it’s a relatively cheap bargain for a car that’s not only obscenely fast, but extremely rare as well – only 25 units have been made with 19 already been sold.
So if you’re the lucky six that can pluck away the remaining Ariel Atoms, consider yourself lucky beyond measure.
Unlike the traditional Ariel Atom, this high powered formula inspired light weight roadster will be no budget super car. According to Ariel’s CEO Simon Saunders, the 500 HP V8-powered Atom 500 will cost £100,000 or about $160K American. The reports of the 500 being powered by the Caterham Levante’s 10K RPM 2.4 Liter eight cylinder were incorrect, instead the super lightweight will use a Frankenstein combination of two Suzuki Hayabusa engines shaped in a “V.” The $50,000 price tag for the engine as well as the $17,000 transmission account for a sizeable portion of the Atom 500’s overall cost.
Despite owner’s dreams of being able to hang with the big boys while still keeping a budget, the Atom 500’s six digit cost of ownership may have just become out of your price range. Even in one of the company’s four cylinder powered Atom’s you would be able to run circles around any super car due to the Ariel ’s light weight simplistic nature. What would be interesting is to see if the Ariel Atom 500 could outrun two Hayabusas, but for $160,000 couldn’t you buy a pair of the Suzuki super bikes and try to make your own?