Comments - Track Day Icons: Ariel Atom

Published: Sep 03, 2012
Description: In truth, there are quite a few track-ready cars out there for you to buy straight from a dealership, far too many to list here with boring you to tears. So when picking the cars for this series, we w...
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Ben August Sep 03, 2012
It's so badass. There's a guy in my neighborhood with the base model, it's green, looks good. Catches so many looks with it. Looks fun. I always thought that the Atom and X-Bow were for motorcyclists turned car enthusiast.
Luis Orlando Peraza Rivero Sep 03, 2012
How would u and the car look if crash it?
Hektor Yberg Sep 03, 2012
Sorry an Ariel atom 500 is a Ariel atom on steroids.
Hektor Yberg Sep 03, 2012
Is a Ariel atom on steroids?
Hektor Yberg Sep 03, 2012
If an Ariel atom is a go kart on steroids what
darrellbell24 Sep 03, 2012
@andrew a go-kart on steroids
Dillon Magee Sep 03, 2012
Anybody know what it will pull on a skid pad?
Andrew McNeal Sep 03, 2012
This is what happens when kids who really really love go-karts grow up to be car designers. Awesome!
John Serely Sep 03, 2012
I really love these.
Kyle McCullough Sep 03, 2012
Wear a helmet. Duh
Ryan Veitch Sep 03, 2012
I like my face not being morphed by wind, I'll take the Aston in the window
Description: The clearest first choice to cover was also the car with the best name, the Ariel Atom. As this most excellent of names implies, the Atom was designed to be the absolute most basic car that it was pos...
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Description: Ariel will ship you your Atom in pieces, complete with the optional "road pack" (turn signals, a horn, etc.), and if you assemble these parts yourself, then the Atom will be street legal. Pr...
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Emil Kleijsen Sep 04, 2012
@John it stands for Head And Neck Safety I think, anyway, if you watch F1 it's the collar thing they have strapped to there helmets, a bit hard to explain, but basically it prevents a whiplash when crashing, google it :)
John Serely Sep 03, 2012
@aaron what's that?
Aaron Cartwright Sep 03, 2012
Get a Hans device
Aaron Crisp Sep 03, 2012
That's true John, a reason I've always wanted the KTM X-Bow.
John Serely Sep 03, 2012
No airbags, but at least it is safer than a motorcycle
Description: But those few oddballs who decide to drive their Atoms on the street aren't important. This is a car designed for the track, and it is utterly brilliant in this environment. The aforementioned su...
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Dan Rather Sep 04, 2012
Also at 800+ hp in a 914 I doubt he could get the power to the ground well enough without some crazy slicks. Also assuming its using a 4 cylinder with a turbo it's most likely going to have a lot of lag and not as smooth of a power band.
Dan Rather Sep 04, 2012
Another important thing about a track car is reliability a lot of heavily modified cars cant take the hours of abuse and heat from a driving on the track. Als
Aaron Cartwright Sep 03, 2012
Andrew I know a guy that spent 32 grand building a 872whp porsche 914. I'm pretty sure that is faster and corners just as well. I know you can't buy one from a dealer, but just goes to show you there are ways to go faster for less.
Andrew McNeal Sep 03, 2012
You won't find a faster car for 40k, anywhere, ever
John Serely Sep 03, 2012
That's a great price
Description: There have been three generations of the Atom so far, The Atom, Atom 2 and Atom 3. Changes have been made to the design, but it takes a very keen eye to spot them on a car which doesn't even have...
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Noah Gavurin Nov 04, 2012
you can always put some pillows down
Michael Montefusco Sep 03, 2012
One is in the market for a car like this is not looking for an interior that looks "cool". Why spend the money on the R&D on an interior that looks cool to appeal to children?
John Jenkins Sep 03, 2012
blah they could've made it look cool while remaining minimalist
Lee Gardner Sep 03, 2012
Only the best in an atom
Andrew McNeal Sep 03, 2012
Looks real comfy
John Serely Sep 03, 2012
Does he drive his on the street?
Ben August Sep 03, 2012
Apparently carbuzz deleted my previous comment, which only stated this is in fact identical to my neighbor's Atom.
Description: But even more impressive is the Atom 500, a 500-horsepower V8 version of the Atom which is absolutely insanely fast. The engine is a 3.0-liter unit which is essentially two Suzuki Hayabusa engines stu...
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Miguel Jimenez Sep 04, 2012
@Jason displacement size doesn't equal weight and size FYI!
Jason Brower Sep 03, 2012
That would literally ruin this car. A huge 8.3 liter would be way to big and heavy to effectively be used. If anything, a turbo 2.0 or 3.0 is the way to go, it could make even more power, and also be just as light.
Matthew Crighton Sep 03, 2012
Now stick a V10 hemi in this thing and you should have a very good 0-60 time. Not that 2.5 seconds is slow
Description: Of course, that's not to say that there isn't a compromise, and it comes in the form of the price tag. This comes in at around $230,000, a noticeable increase over the base price. Some peopl...
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Taylor Greenfield Sep 03, 2012
Its also limited edition
Hemmo Karja Sep 03, 2012
Hahah now thats an increase
Lee Gardner Sep 03, 2012
Wow from 32k to 200+k
Anthony Surdo Sep 04, 2012
That's sweet it has Colorado tags on it
John Jenkins Sep 03, 2012
this one is so dope
Eric Dare Sep 03, 2012
In fact very few atoms are v8s. I heard in an interview with Ariel that besides a couple to send out to people like top gear, any v8 atom you buy has to be custom ordered
Christian De Prisco Sep 03, 2012
Nope definitely not the v8
John Serely Sep 03, 2012
Hmm...challenge stradale or Ariel? Definitely the Ariel for me
Description: For those still in doubt, the performance numbers speak for themselves, nobody could just make a track car which is faster than Porsche 911 GT3 RS by accident. This is not just a track car, it is the ...
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John Serely Sep 03, 2012
Faster than a 911 GT3 RS? Woah, that's fast!
Matt Greenlee Sep 04, 2012
damn youre annoying jackie. youre comments always come in 6's
Brad Henson Sep 03, 2012
Hahahahahahaha, I still laugh when I see this
Aaron Crisp Sep 03, 2012
That made me lol Justin hahaha
Justin Brest Sep 03, 2012
everyone who knows anything about cars knows who that is. what's up with commenting on your own comments? lol... your that person that likes they're own posts on face book aren't ya?
Domenic Sergi-Holt Sep 03, 2012
This was a great review on Top Gear one of my favorites.
Emil Kleijsen Sep 03, 2012
Damn it Jackie, you don't have to write 74 comments every time you wanna say something, we get it
Redge Diakité Sep 03, 2012
I think there's a fly stuck between his teeth :D
Justin Brest Sep 03, 2012
uhh why would you want stupid stuff like an adjustable seat, windshield and heat??? if I was in the market for expense car toys this wouldn't be on the top of the list. maybe as a 2nd or 3rd toy. but I don't foresee me running into this problem...
John Serely Sep 03, 2012
To be honest, I'd probably take the 997GT3RS to the left, but it would be a hard choice