Ariel Atom 500 V8 Announced

V8 Ariel Atom. Fast.
V8 Ariel Atom. Fast.
Ariel has announced the latest version of the Atom –  the Ariel Atom 500, powered by a small V8 engine. 

With over 500bhp in a 500kilo package the Atom 500 will boast one of the highest power to weight ratios ever for a production car.  

The Atom will have over 1000bhp per tonne (compared to a Bugatti Veyron’s 521bhp/tonne) and will be built in limited numbers.

The 500 started life as a one off special project with RS Developments in 2007 and features the Russell Savory designed 2.4 litre V8 engine coupled to a 6 speed sequential Sadev gearbox.  

Developing over 500bhp at 10,000rpm the supercharged engine features all alloy construction, 5 valves per cylinder and a dry sump. 

The gearbox will have flatshift capability, a paddle gearchange with manual override as well as launch and traction controls.

The new car is recognisable by twin rear intakes for intercoolers and will feature a unique colour scheme for chassis, wheels and bodywork combined with carbon fibre panels and carbon fibre aerofoils. 

Other features will include chromemoly aerofoil wishbones, integrated function steering wheel, Alcon 4 pot caliper brakes and Dymag magnesium wheels.

Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, said: ‘This is an interesting project for us and an experimental departure from what we normally produce. 

'For a few customers the Atom 500 will be the ultimate expression of lightweight performance and represents the outer limits of what is achievable in a road registered car. 

'We also use this sort of project to explore the possibilities of how we can improve our standard cars. 

'The Honda engined production cars already combine all the elements that we want in an Atom and by pushing the envelope to these sorts of extremes we can further improve the breed.’

The Atom 500 will be produced in Somerset at the new Ariel factory with the first car available from Spring this year.

Prices have not yet been finalised and expect performance to be earth shattering…

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  • toohuge 29 Feb 2008

    Sounds good, but isn't that what a caparo t1 is?

  • pixiepete 29 Feb 2008

    ill take one biggrin

  • general190 29 Feb 2008

    And the new RS engined caterham?

  • Justayellowbadge 29 Feb 2008

    There will be blood.


    Love it.

  • fido 29 Feb 2008

    toohuge said:
    Sounds good, but isn't that what a caparo t1 is?
    The Atom is still a useful road machine, and hopefully it won't set you om fire, i mean literally. Is that 500bhp from a Honda bike engine? Don't think the tuners can get sort of power from a CTR engine!?

    Edited by fido on Thursday 28th February 15:39

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