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  Ariel Atom
2000 - 2003
Ariel Atom
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Ariel Atom Ariel Atom

Specification
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Trackfocused
Body No Doors 2 Seat
Convertible
Layout Mid Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Number Built  
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 4 cyl
Capacity
110 in3 
Max Power
190 bhp @7500rpm 
Max Torque
140 lb/ft @6000rpm 
Power to Weight
386 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
285 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 106 bhp/litre 
Compression 10.5:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.15 X 3.50 in 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
135 mph 
0 - 30 mph
 
0 - 60 mph
4.6 sec 
0 - 100 mph
 
0 - 124 mph
 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
 
Standing qtr Mile
 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
 
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
 
Width
 
Height
 
Weight
1102 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 6 X 14
6 X 14 
Tyres (F/R) 185/60 VR14
185/60 VR14 
Fuel Capacity
7.5 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £20000 - £30000
 
Profile

190bhp may not sound like much of a power output these days, but when it only has to move 500kg you have the makings of an exciting sports car, the unique Ariel Atom.

An almost total absence of body panels accounts for the appropriately named Atom's light weight. Chassis, driver's cabin and suspension components are all visible to the outside world. The ubiquitous Rover k-series provides power while suspension and handling can be tweaked for fast road or track to the customer's own requirements.

Ariel seem to have produced a true performance rival to Caterham and Westfield at a bargain price.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
71% 70% 11% 8
Ranks 333 of 771 Ranks 373 of 771 Ranks 112 of 771 Ranks 221 of 771

Rivals
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Lotus 340R

(1999 - 2001)


Westfield FW400

(1999 - 2002)


Caterham Super Blackbird

(2001 - 2003)
 


Radical SR3 Supersport

(2002 - 2004)


Westfield XTR2

(2002 - 2004)

Variants
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Lineage
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Atom

(2000 - 2003)
  

Atom 2 300

(2004 - 2008)
  

Atom 3 300

(2008 - 2012)

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