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 by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Sommerset, England
engineers Nik Smart
price $ $ 24,900
engine 4 Cyl
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 1796 cc / 109.6 in³
power 93.2 kw / 125 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 69.6 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 274.12 bhp per tonne
torque 165.41 nm / 122 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
body / frame Non Structual Composite Panels
front tires 185/60R-14
rear tires 185/60R-14
front wheels F 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14.0 x 6.0 in
rear wheels R 35.6 x 15.2 cm / 14.0 x 6.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion
curb weight 456 kg / 1005 lbs
wheelbase 2345 mm / 92.3 in
front track 1600 mm / 63.0 in
rear track 1600 mm / 63.0 in
length 3410 mm / 134.3 in
width 1798 mm / 70.8 in
height 1195 mm / 47.0 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
top speed ~185.1 kph / 115 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.6 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~18 seconds