Ariel Atom V8: Pocket sized Bugatti Veyron slayer

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 8, 2010

As with all hypercar manufacturers Bugatti’s Veyron seems to be the benchmark, and for Ariel its the Veyron that it has set its sights on with its latest version of it’s ultra light weight Atom.

Unveiled this week the new Atom will feature a V8 powerplant to hurl it towards the horizon in pursuit of the Bugatti ( and pretty much anything else including big capacity sports bikes ).

Powered by a US-built 3.0-litre V8 with 32 valves, the Hartley engine was made by merging two Suzuki bike engines, although obviously it’s not as easy as it sounds and has taken two years of development. Coupled to a weight similar to that of a small child, the new machine manages an amazing 909bhp per tonne power-to-weight ratio. That’s better than 50 per cent more than the Veyron can muster and slightly more than even a GP2 single-seater racing car can manage.

All this power equates to a 0-62mph time of under 2.5 seconds and 100 comes up shortly after that in well under 6.0 seconds. Two versions will be available one for the road pushing out 475bhp and a race model with 500bhp. The road ready Atom is capable of hitting 170mph which although seems away off the Veyron its the speed that it gets there and the fact that you have virtually nothing around you.

To cope with the massive horsepower the Atom uses highly developed suspension components and geometry, along with high power brakes and soft compound performance tyres.

So with the final testing being undertaken and a release date of early next year, it is best that we get saving the £150,000 we will need to stump up for this latest Ariel, but be quick as only 25 will be made. Hit the link for more spec on the Atom V8.

Source: Autocar

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