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.

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4 comments:

  (677) posted on 09.20.2010

Is it the latest version of the atom?

  (1211) posted on 09.19.2010

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

  (859) posted on 09.16.2010

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

  (206) posted on 09.16.2010

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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