In the last series of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson called the Ariel Atom V8 the most perfect car in the world even if you are an antique dealer, because it’s very light, very powerful and therefore fast, and you can strap your chest of drawers to its big rear wing!!! Now this ultimate car can be yours for only £120,000. It has a 500hp V8 engine and since it also weights 500 kilo, it has power to weight ratio of 1000hp per ton!
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.
Recognisable by the twin rear intakes for intercoolers the Atom 500 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.