GM Reveals Its Answer To The Ariel Atom

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Make it happen GM.

In the modern automotive world, there are thousands of designs that go unseen by the general public. These are usually prototypes that shape the way the final product will look like and which are deemed too out there, or too costly to manufacture. They also tend to be the most exciting. While major manufacturers today focus on lessening their carbon footprints and designing cars that are more efficient and cost-effective, some designers still like to dream of what could be.

One such person is Helio Queiroz, a senior designer for GM. The General Motors Design Instagram account recently shared some images of Queiroz's open-wheeler sports car that somewhat resembles an Ariel Atom, and we can already feel the bugs in our teeth.

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The caption on the post reads "Who's ready to have some fun in this thing?", but before you get your hopes up, it should clearly be stated that this awesome-looking machine exists only in the imagination of its creator, and the hard drive of his computer. This creation has no official name, but it looks similar to another crazy windowless track racer, the BAC Mono.

In the three images, we can see a complex tubular frame clad in sleek body panels. There are no doors or windows to speak of, and the two seats are set way back in the chassis. Small details such as the lateral suspension setup in the front make this design really come alive.

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There's no word on what engine lurks underneath the shapely bodywork, but we could see this thing being powered by something like the 275-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powering the Chevrolet Camaro. GM is currently taking a hardline stance against climate change, and while the company is still committed to building entertaining sports cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette, there is no indication that the manufacturing giant will be investing in any open-wheel track racers any time soon.

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