Ariel Atom special edition under development

Posted on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 , 06:05:17 byTheodora

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Ariel Atom special edition under development

The Ariel Atom is a road legal  high performance sports car made by the Ariel Motor Company  based in Crewkerne , Somerset , England and under license in North America by TMI Autotech, Inc. at Virginia International Raceway  in Alton, Virginia. There have been five Ariel Atom models until now: Ariel Atom, Ariel Atom 2, Ariel Atom 3, Ariel Atom 3 Mugen Limited Edition (only 10 made) Ariel Atom 3,5 and Ariel Atom 500 V8 Limited Edition (only 25 to be made). The current models are the Ariel Atom 3,5 and the limited production Ariel Atom 500 V8 with a 500 bhp (373 kW; 507 PS) V8 engine.

In 2012 the Ariel Atom 3.5 was manufactured with a chassis borrowed from the V8 and Mugen versions. Now, the company has decided to introduce a greater version, powered by the same Honda Civic Type R-sourced 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter supercharged engine. However, it will produce not only 310 bhp (231 kW, but around 350 bhp (261 kW) due to a new charge cooler which has been installed.

The engine powering the Ariel Atom 3.5 will be linked to a 6-speed Sadev paddle-shift gearbox borrowed from the Atom V8 but which is also upgraded for this new application. The Atom 3.5R will also be equipped with Öhlins TTX dampers and a set of bespoke Kumho high-performance rubbers. The vehicle can already be ordered for around 80,000 GBP (135,000 USD / 97,500 EUR), deliveries beginning this summer once Ariel completes the vehicle's special livery. So stay tuned for more information.