Offering a power to weight ratio previously only found in single seat race cars, the new Atom V8 will bring unparalleled levels of performance to the driver who wants the ultimate trackday car, says the PR blurb from Ariel that arrived at PH Towers today. Don't believe it? Well how do numbers like 900bhp per tonne, 0-60mph in less than 2.3secs, 0-100mph in 5.4secs and a 200mph maximum grab you?
At the centre of the Atom V8 is a lightweight 3-litre normally aspirated engine built for Ariel in the USA by Hartley. With a flat-plane crank, forged pistons, chain driven double overhead cam with 4 valves per cylinder and revving to 10,500 rpm, the alloy and aluminium engine is said to feature 'race car specification' throughout. Dry sump lubrication, 8 throttle bodies with sequential fuel injection and a ceramic coated stainless exhaust are all part of the standard installation.
Behind the paddle change sits a new panel housing the normal Atom road controls plus tiered switchgear for adjustable traction and launch controls, wet/dry settings, gearbox settings, LCD display and menu functions. With data logging facility built in the Atom V8 gives as much, or as little information as the driver needs or wants, the company says.
The bronze welded Atom chassis has additional structural braces in the engine compartment and every V8 chassis will be finished in a special gold powder coat that's unique to the limited edition of 25 cars. Bodywork on the V8 is a mixture of composite woven cloth and carbon fibre with front and rear adjustable carbon fibre aerofoils as standard.
It may be the ultimate trackday toy, but with 20 cars already pre-ordered you'll have to get in quickly if you want to play.
"Our aim is to put the passion back in to driving and our motto at Ariel is Serious Fun," says Ariel boss Simon Saunders, "The Atom V8 is one more step to keeping that passion alive and is about as serious as fun gets!"
Thanks to Piston Heads for this one