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    Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    This is Ariels riposte to the Caterham Levante we discussed earlier. All I can say is wow.

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    It seems that this is the week for complete insanity - just two days after we brought you news of a 1000bhp/tonne Caterham 7, Ariel has announced its newest, fastest version of the Atom track car - the 500.

    Using the same supercharged, forty valve 2.4 litre V8 as the 'Levante' the new Atom is also endowed with the 'magic' 1000bhp/tonne and features the same paddleshift six speed gearbox as its countryman.

    The Somerset car gets a few more external changes, which include two enormous wings, twin intakes for the intercoolers, a unique paint job, magnesium alloy wheels and carbon fibre panels. Like the 7, it also gets up-rated stoppers.

    Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, said: "This is an interesting project for us and an experimental departure from what we normally produce.



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    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    omg, can't wait for the reviews....

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    Is this street legal?

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    Probably not in North America

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    Awesome.

    I can't believe what passes for street legal in Britain.

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

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    ResB said:
    omg, can't wait for the reviews....



    Lets go Top gear...

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    I believe the "regular" (if there is such a thing!) Atom is street legal in the US with a few mods. I did see one on the road in the SF bay area (880 highway). But I don't know about that new model... Maybe?

    Geoff

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

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    SlvSurfer said:
    Quote:
    ResB said:
    omg, can't wait for the reviews....



    Lets go Top gear...



    check this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaWoo82zNUA

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    This is the old one.
    I think that the 500 starts to be absolutely too much for the road. You can accelerate quite as fast as with an F1 car. Track is it's realm.

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    I'm hoping to test drive a 300bhp version this weekend - and I'm a little nervous about that - 500 sounds just crazy - although the potential low down torque of a V8 could be interesting compared with the more highly strung Honda engine in the current ones

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    Britain at its best

    Thank goodness some British people are still crazy enough to make their fantasy cars become a reality for us all

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

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    Jofu said:
    I believe the "regular" (if there is such a thing!) Atom is street legal in the US with a few mods. I did see one on the road in the SF bay area (880 highway). But I don't know about that new model... Maybe?

    Geoff



    I've seen one in the Palo Alto/Los Altos area on the streets.

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    easy_rider911 said:
    Britain at its best

    Thank goodness some British people are still crazy enough to make their fantasy cars become a reality for us all




    Have to absolutely agree!

    Re: Ariel Atom 500 - ARE YOU SERIOUS?

    OMG...these guys are CRAZY! A friend of mine has the 300hp version and I thought it was bloody fast when he gave me a ride. The acceleration forces is un-GOD-ly to say the least. You know that sequence where Jeremy Clarkson has his mouth all blown around when he drives the Atom? That was me as well!

     
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