For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Arial Atom, it is basically a super sized street legal go cart that?s faster than most $500,000+ exotic sports cars. This amazing machine weighs only 1,400 pounds and produced between 200 and 300 horsepower (depending on which model you get). This combination makes for a power to weight ratio that is more impressive than almost every other supercar. For more information on the Arial Atom you might want to check out my previous post about the original Arial Atom racecar.
CREWKERNE, England ? It’s hard to believe that the Ariel Atom could be improved upon since it is such a pure, bare bones, racecar. Difficult as it might be the third generation Arial Atom 3, just released in England has a number of small changes, all geared towards making this minimalist street legal go cart from hell even faster.
The upgraded Ariel Atom 3 chassis now offers Bilstein 10-way adjustable shocks and new motor mounts both of which cut down on vibration and allow for a much smoother ride (without jeopardizing road feel). New diagonal side rails result in 3.9 inches more elbow room and 2.4 inches of hip room inside the cockpit. Ariel also lowered the seating position (helping to improve comfort and lower the center of gravity). Engine choices include normally aspirated and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder units, delivering up to 300 horsepower.
The Ariel Atom managed to win the title of the fastest car in the world on the 0-100 mph-0 sprint. Autocar took 29 of the fastest cars in the world, and the Arial Atom set a record time of 11.35 seconds. It beat all of its competitors, including: a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, Brooke Double R, Porsche 911 GT3, Roush Ford GT 600RE and the Mercedes CL63 AMG just to name a few…! Not to shabby for a car that costs less than $100,000.