MEET THE 700HP ARIEL ATOM
US company DDMWorks somehow manages to make the Atom even madder
the V8 Atom, so beloved of a certain Mr C Harris.
But if that's not enough for you, then a company in South Carolina called DDMWorks will make you one of these. It's called the Ariel Atom 700 and it is, according to its creators, the most powerful Atom in the world.
In place of the Honda engine, or the Hartley-designed V8, is a 2.0-litre Ecotec General Motors engine. So far, so dull, you might say. But this engine is supercharged to begin with, and DDM adds a Garrett GTX 3076 turbo to help things along a little.
The result is 700hp of pure lunacy. Fortunately, the driver can select three power levels from the cockpit, ranging from the full 700hp down to 'just' 450hp.
Perhaps somewhat sensibly, given the monster power-to-weight ratio, DDM strongly suggests that customers take a "specialized driving course for their safety, like the Ariel Atom experience offered at Virginia International Raceway by TMI".