2000 Ariel Atom

When the Atom was released in 1999, with Rover engine and ultimate fun goal, it was unique* The Honda powered Atom 2 in 2003 took a giant leap forward in terms of performance and usability and set the benchmark for trackday cars with the 2005 supercharged Atoms quickly setting records for performance coupled with ultimate reliability. With Atoms already being made in the USA and race cars soon to manufactured in China, Ariel have taken another step forward with the Atom 3. Whether performance, handling, quality, service or just plain good fun Ariel continue to try and make the Atom the best of its kind anywhere.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atSommerset, England
engineersNik Smart
price $$ 24,900
engine4 Cyl
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement1796 cc / 109.6 in³
power93.2 kw / 125 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output69.6 bhp per litre
bhp/weight274.12 bhp per tonne
torque165.41 nm / 122 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
body / frameNon Structual Composite Panels
front tires185/60R-14
rear tires185/60R-14
front wheelsF 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14.0 x 6.0 in
rear wheelsR 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14.0 x 6.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight456 kg / 1005 lbs
wheelbase2345 mm / 92.3 in
front track1600 mm / 63.0 in
rear track1600 mm / 63.0 in
length3410 mm / 134.3 in
width1798 mm / 70.8 in
height1195 mm / 47.0 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
top speed~185.1 kph / 115 mph
0 – 60 mph~5.6 seconds
0 – 100 mph~18 seconds