The Ariel Atom 500 V8 is a highly-anticipated ultra light-weight sports car that has been in the making for around two years. It's not your conventional 'car' though, it's more of a superbike with four wheels and it won't go on sale until next year.
Ariel has confirmed the Atom 500 will use a 500 horsepower - that's 373kW - V8 in the car that will weigh around 500kg. With a superbike like power-to-weight ratio, the Ariel Atom 500 V8 is sure to be the scariest car ever to hit the market.
The engine will be a 32-valve Hartley 3.0-litre V8 which was derived from merging two Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc superbike four-cylinder engines together. The engine is said to spin to 10,600rpm, like a superbike. And with a gearbox that allows flat-shifting, like a superbike, Ariel says the car will easily achieve 0-160km/h in under six seconds and go on to a top speed of 270km/h... like a superbike.
In a recent Autocar report, Atom designer Simon Saunders summed up the Atom 500 V8 build in a few words,
"I believe it's the role of little firms like ours to go where the big companies can't or won't [go]. It's almost our duty."
Sure, we can understand that.