Not giving an inch to the Caterham Seven RS, Ariel has announced more details on its forthcoming Atom 500. Delivering an amazing 1000 horsepower per ton, the two-seater will use a 2.4-liter V8 from RS Performance, making it one of the most radical rides on the planet.
The peak output of 500 horsepower is achieved at an amazing 10,000 rpm. Peak torque is 300 pound-feet at 8,500 rpm. The engine, which is worth over $200,000 alone, is mated to a six-speed Sadev transmission with paddle shifters.
The Atom 500 features a unique color scheme for chassis, wheels and bodywork combined with carbon fibre panels and carbon fibre aerofoils. Other features include chromoly aerofoil wishbones, integrated function steering wheel, Alcon four-piston brake calipers, and Dymag magnesium wheels.
"This is an interesting project for us and an experimental departure from what we normally produce," said Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel. "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 Atom 500 will begin production in Somerset at the new Ariel factory located there. Ariel plans to produce just 25 examples of the Atom 500. No prices for the Ariel Atom 500 have been announced, but a price tag of over $300,000 is expected.
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