If an Ariel Atom and a golf cart had a one-night stand, this is what the might have resulted. It’s the Jetstream SC250, and if you’re in the United Kingdom, you can buy one today.
Aside from the looks, this car seems like it could be a contender. The engine is directly lifted from a Vauxhall Astra VXR making 250 horsepower in a body that weighs a little over 1500 lbs. The result is a better power/weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Turbo or a Ferrari 599 GTB. But the SC250’s numbers will still fall short of the Atom (similar base horsepower, but almost 500 lbs lighter.)
From this promotional video, the car looks like it may have a little more person-friendly cabin than the always-compared Atom, but the SC250 is missing the Atom’s aggressive look. For instance, the SC250’s tires look too thin and the atom has the aluminum exoskeleton down its bodywork. But regardless of the appearance, the £29,495 is only slightly over the base price of an Atom, which means its still cheap, fast fun.