This is the uprated Ariel Atom 3.5. The revised Atom features a range of updates which aim to bolster its reputation as one of the fastest road cars money can buy.
The Atom 3.5 features a stiffer chassis which builds on advances that Ariel has made in building the crazy Atom V8 and Mugen special Atom models.
The firm has also uprated the engine mountings for the Honda 2.0-litre petrol engine and added different dampers, which Ariel claims “give a comfortably compliant ride on the road and improved balance and traction on the track.”
As well as new mountings, Ariel has given its flagship supercharged version of the Honda i-VTEC engine more power. The unit now develops 310bhp – up 10bhp – thanks to changes to the intake, mapping and fuel system. Power remains unchanged for the naturally aspirated model at 245bhp.
The Atom 3.5 also gets tweaks to its looks, with new twin projector headlamps and LED turn signals at the front and full LED tail-lights at the rear. There’s also a new bonnet design, while inside, Ariel has added a new digital LCD display with speed, RPM and a gear indicator with programmable gear shift lights.
Ariel has also added more items to the Atom options list. Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel, said “The Atom is not only one of the fastest cars in the world, but also one of the most unique. There are things we can do in low volume that large manufacturers simply can’t, so every car is individual to each customer and to what they want”.