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Video: Ariel Atom V8 tested in UK

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.

In the UK, the V8 is priced at £150,000.


4 comments:

Is it the latest version of the atom?

Unless this thing has some absurdly sophisticated traction control, I can’t see it successfully putting any power to the ground.

Woah! That’s totally awesome in part of Ariel Atom which is way faster than Bugatti in terms of 0-60 sprint. Maybe that’s because of it’s lightweight body.Woah! That’s totally awesome in part of Ariel Atom which is way faster than Bugatti in terms of 0-60 sprint. Maybe that’s because of it’s lightweight body.z

Funny, David Palatov of Palatov Motorsport made a V8 Atom 3 years ago. AND he used the exact same engine that Ariel is putting in it now. Took them long enough. Too expensive though, I bet David can build you one for <$100,000.

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