Ariel Atom has released information on an all new Atom, powered by a small V8. Perhaps you haven’t heard about the super light weight frame of a car, typically powered by motorcycle engines, and perhaps you’ve been living in a cave. Atom stormed the scene a few years back with a debut of an affordable car that was capable of producing performance figures comparable to Lamborghini and Ferrari. They have now taken the next step and built a car running on a throaty, yet tiny V8 engine and calling it the Ariel Atom 500.
[box type=”info”]The Atom 500 will be capable of 0-60 in under 3 seconds and 0-100 in under 7![/box]
The tiny one seater car will have a V8 capable of producing 500 horsepower. This may not be an impressive figure, until you consider this will be the highest power-to-weight ratio car ever produced. That can be interpreted as scary fast!
The V8 engine itself in the small Atom is a work of art, with displacement only at 2.4 liters. The Atom’s V8 will be super charged and hit the 500 horsepower mark at around 10,000 RPMs. Ariel reports that the combination will allow the Atom 500 to do 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and a startling 0-100 in under 7. Again, these performance numbers are capable because of the massive hp to weight ratio.
Ariel announced the Atom 500 will only be built in limited quantities, so the thriving Atom community will be clamoring for a taste. Although research and development of the Atom 500 began back in 2007, no official release date has been announced.