Home LifeStyle  Luxury Cars Ariel Shoehorns 500hp V8 into Atom Roadster

Ariel Shoehorns 500hp V8 into Atom Roadster

Posted: May. 28th, 2009  |  By JustLuxe Team
RSS Syndicated News Email a Friend Suggest an Article Share Visit Website
Luxury Vehicles: Hot on the heels of the news of the 500hp (373kW) Caterham Seven RS, rival British sports car manufacturer Ariel has revealed plans for its own V8-powered superlight roadster based on the existing Atom platform. The exposed tubular frame road-legal racer is already a track-day favorite, but the addition of the new V8 engine, which is also rated at 500hp (373kW), brings the power-to-weight ratio of the roadster to nearly double that of the Bugatti Veyron. With a final kerb weight of approximately 500kg, the new Ariel Atom 500 measures in with a power-to-weight ratio of around 1,000hp/tonne.

The similarities to the rival Caterham project are immense. Also developed in conjunction with RS Developments, the Atom is powered by a Russell Savory-designed supercharged V8 engine displacing 3.0L and delivering its peak power at an incredible 10,000rpm. The all-alloy motor features four-valve cylinders and a dry sump oil system, and when matched with its Sadev 6-speed sequential gearbox weighs in at just under 100kg.

Blurring the line between race-inspired and race-worthy even further, the Sadev gearbox is flatshift capable, meaning the driver doesn't even need to lift the throttle to shift up as the computer and gearbox takes care of all the work with the flap of a paddle. Launch and traction control are also standard. Initial testing of prototypes has shown the car is capable of 0-60mph sprints in less than 2.5 seconds.

Ensuring the lucky few who eventually get their hands on one of these creations don't have to cut short their day at the track because of fading or inadequate brakes, Alcon four-pot calipers grace all four corners behind Dymag wheels.

Production will be limited to just 25 units and if you're interested you had better be quick as half of these are already accounted for.

By Nelson Ireson
JustLuxe Contributor
Motor Authority
Related Topics : Lifestyle News
Share on Facebook Share
See Next Article
Write a Story/Review about this topic

Post a Comment

 
Related Articles
Featured Contributor
Carrie CoolidgeCarrie Coolidge
Rolls-Royce had many things to celebrate in Jericho, New York earlier this month when it officially...
Read More | View Profile
The Best of Luxury
Event Calendar
Keeping Up with JustLuxe
Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on TwitterRSS Feeds
Sign Up for Our Newsletter!
Current News & Features
Kick Start Your NYE Resolutions With Juicepresso's Cold-Pressed Juicer
This Ultra Luxury Car Sharing Program Lets You Drive a Whip 100 Days of the Year
Ring in the New Year Aboard a 2014 Dyna 52 Yacht
Macallan Partners With Fashion Icon Mario Testino For New $3K Masters of Photography
Limited Edition Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé Champagne is Covered in 22-Karat Gold Leopard Spots
Our Favorite Stars React to Their Golden Globe Nominations!
Canine Royalty Wants to Get Your Pooch Runway Ready!
Turn Your Home Into a Winter Wonderland With the Balsam Gazebo Candle
Nick Offerman Hilariously Schools Us On Fine Scotch Whisky in New Video Series
La Quinta Resort is Blown Away By JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist Chef Ruiz in Taste of Waldorf Astoria
See the complete list

Best of Luxury

Finding the best in luxury can be a daunting task, which is why we've taken it on for you.
View All Best of Luxury
LivingLuxe. Exclusive Deals and Luxury Brands. Learn More
JustLuxe Galleries presents Popular Photo Galleries
Meet Our Writers Become a Contributor
This Ultra Luxury Car Sharing Program Lets You Drive a Whip 100 Days of the Year
Mila Pantovich »
6 Killer New Cars Debuting at the LA Auto Show Right Now
JustLuxe Team »
See More Contributors
THINGS WE LIKE