The Ariel Atom is preparing to receive some big updates for the next generation. The company announced that the next-generation sports car will be built on a new, titanium chassis that will weigh about 40 percent less than the current tubular-steel frame, resulting in the whole vehicle weighing 8 percent less than the current one.
Next to being lighter, the future titanium chassis will be stronger than the current chassis and will deliver the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal.
The new chassis has been developed in cooperation with Frome-based Caged Laser Engineering and when the development is finished, Ariel will initially offer it as a limited-edition model. After that, the new titanium chassis will be offered as an option to the entire range.
Along with the new titanium chassis, the future Atom will also receive a naturally aspirated Honda engine and a few other light components that could help reduce the total weight to less than 500 kg (1,102 pounds).
When you’re trying to promote a racing series that isn’t as popular as Formula One, you need to think of something creative to get people’s attention.
Organizers of the AtomCup decided to do just that, taking to the busy streets of downtown London to perform, of all things, a pit stop. To be fair, the pit stop only came with a change of tires, which they did successfully before the red light turned green.
But what made this publicity stunt really successful was the throng of folks that seemingly stopped whatever it is they were doing to watch the Atom pit stop. And for the 30, or so, seconds it took to replace the tires, you could see everybody just transfixed on the AtomCup pit crew do their magic.
Since the AtomCup is the only race series built around the now-legendary Atom race cars, the series knows that getting exposure and drumming up some buzz is a sure way to catch peoples’ attention.
Well, judging by the looks on the faces of those bystanders, we’d say that it was a job well done.
Ariel Motor Company has announced the updated version of the Ariel Atom 3: the Atom 3.5. The new model has received a new chassis derived from the one used in the Atom V8 and the Mugen versions of the Atom, as well as a new digital LCD dashboard display with gear-shift lights, a restyled bonnet, twin projector headlamps, and LED turn, stop, and tail lights. According to Ariel, these changes will help the Atom 3.5 deliver a more comfortable ride and better traction and balance on the track.
In its standard version, the Ariel Atom 3.5 is powered by the same Honda sourced 2.0-liter iVTEC K20Z4 naturally-aspirated engine that delivers a total of 245 HP, while the supercharged version gets the same engine with a raised output of 315 HP. The extra 65 HP was obtained by modifying the intake, fuel system, and mapping.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Arien Atom 3.5.
By now, we know what the Ariel Atom is capable of, but every so often, we’re reminded just how much more awesome it could be if an aftermarket company got its hands on one. Thanks to DDMWorks, we won’t have to wait long for an answer. As a refresher, the standard Atom carries a 2.4-liter Honda I4 engine that’s capable of hitting 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Mighty impressive, right?
Not as much after what DDMWorks was done with it. The newly minted Ariel Atom 7 was given a 2.0-liter Ecotec I4 engine with Wiseco pistons, beefier connecting rods, and an ARP hardware unit. The end result? 700 horsepower.
Combine that with the car’s 1,450-pound (657 kg) weight and the subsequent power-to-weight ratio of just 2.07 pounds per horsepower, and you have a car that can put even the mightiest of exotics to shame.
DDMWorks achieved this by installing a Garrett GTX 3076 turbocharger, a custom M62 supercharger, and a custom exhaust system into the mix. There are also 1,100 cc injectors and an Aeromotive 1000 fuel pump that have been put to good use. A custom air-to-water heat exchanger is used to cool the supercharger output along with a gigantic air-to-air intercooler in the rear to cool the air from the turbo, both units custom made for the conversion by Griffin Thermal Products.
A new set of 16" and 17" wheels were also fitted and wrapped in Toyo R888 tires. The aftermarket company recommends that anybody who tries to get behind the wheel of the Atom 700 to undergo special training first. Yeah, it’s that serious. Then again, if you can’t handle the 700 horsepower, there are two more "subdued" levels in the form of 450 horsepower and 575 horsepower.
No price has been given on the Atom 700, but considering the Atom 3 retails at $52,480, expect it to be significantly more.
Ariel Motors has announced a new one-make race series for their amazing Atom track-car. The new Atom Cup is set to begin in 2013 and has been described as a spec racing series, similar to the Porsche Cup, Ferrari Challenge, and Lamborghini Trofeo. The races will be held at Silverstone, Brands Hatch, and other tracks in the British Islands.
For this racing series, Ariel has transformed the standard Atom into the Atom Cup. The car has received a new body kit, a full rollover protection for driver’s safety, Ohlins dampers, and Yokohama racing slicks. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter Honda i-Vtec four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 245 HP. This output will be enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 145mph.
For those interested, Ariel will be offering three different packages. The Bronze package includes the Atom Cup car, entry fees for all the races, and a pit space at a price of £53,195 plus VAT (about $83K at the current rates). Next is the Silver package (£59,955 plus VAT, or about $93K) which adds one new set of tires per weekend and one race assistant. The final package is the Gold (£69,652 plus VAT, or about $108K) which adds secure car storage, maintenance between events, and transport to all the race weekends.
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.
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 is powered by a 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?
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.
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.
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.