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Poll: 2018 Ariel Atom narrowly shades BAC Mono

The new Ariel Atom, complete with an engine from the Honda Civic Type R, has narrowly pipped the BAC Mono for British track-car supremacy in our latest poll. Although it looks similar to the Atom we've come to know and love, the Type R-powered car pictured here really is all new...

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Poll: Hyundai Kona crushes Renault Zoe

Renault has opened the Zoe up for public sale, but its price point could prove prohibitive if our latest poll is any guide. Put head-to-head with the Hyundai Kona Electric, the little electric Renault garnered just 16 per cent of the vote. With a starting price of $47,990 before on-road costs, pushing to $49,990 before on-roads in top grade, the Zoe is priced right around where we're expecting the plug-in electric Hyundai to touch down...


2019 Ariel Atom 4 unveiled, will be certified for Australia
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2019 Ariel Atom 4 unveiled, will be certified for Australia

The Ariel Atom 4 has been unveiled overnight, and will be certified for sale in Australia from 2019. Simon Saunders, managing director of Ariel, claims "the Atom 4 is the biggest change to the car since we originally released it in 1999" with the only parts carried over from the Atom 3 being the clutch, brake pedal, and fuel cap...


Audi RS6 v Ariel Atom drag race - Video
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Audi RS6 v Ariel Atom drag race - Video

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Ariel's Hipercar monster detailed
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Ariel's Hipercar monster detailed

We've already revealed the Hipercar by Ariel, the unconventional British automaker known for its highly-focused track weapon called the Atom. They've now promised to deliver the world’s fastest accelerating supercar, and here’s the nitty gritty. Motor The Hipercar uses four electric motors (APM200), one for each wheel, and developed by project partner Equipmake in cooperation with Aim Co Japan...


Ariel Hipercar: The quickest accelerating supercar ever
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Ariel Hipercar: The quickest accelerating supercar ever

This is the Ariel Hipercar. Enthusiasts will know the niche British automaker for its wild, lightweight track-focused machine, the Atom. It gained early notoriety for the least amount of bodywork possible and a power-to-weight ratio equal to or better than most supercars...


Ariel Atom V8 gets miniaturised
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Ariel Atom V8 gets miniaturised

If you missed out on being one of the original 25 people in the world to get their mitts on the mental, limited-edition Ariel Atom V8, rejoice: the UK-based company has some big news. Well, small news actually. The Ariel Motor Company has announced that after “many attempts and enquiries”, the first scale-model Ariel Atom is now available...


Ariel Nomad - no nonsense off-road buggy coming in 2015
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Ariel Nomad - no nonsense off-road buggy coming in 2015

The Ariel Atom redefined lightweight motoring when it was launched more than a decade ago. Now, Ariel Motor Company is taking its minimalist approach to off-road vehicles with the Ariel Nomad open-air buggy. What looks more like a Tamiya radio-controlled model than a car, the Nomad follows the Atom's lead - a spaceframe chassis with to a small four-cylinder engine in the back...


Ariel Atom 3S sports turbocharged 272kW 2.4-litre Honda motor
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Ariel Atom 3S sports turbocharged 272kW 2.4-litre Honda motor

A new variant of Ariel's doorless open-top sports car, dubbed the Ariel Atom 3S, has been unveiled in the USA. The new version was developed by Ariel's manufacturing partner and distributor in North America, TMI Autotech. Under what little the Atom 3S has in the way of clothing, there's a turbocharged version of Honda's 2...


Ariel Atom police special created to promote motorcycle safety
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Ariel Atom police special created to promote motorcycle safety

A special one-off Ariel Atom 3.5R has been delivered to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary to help it promote motorcycle safety. This special Ariel Atom is dubbed the PL1 and is based on the latest 3.5R model. That means it's powered by a modified version of the 2.0-litre engine from the previous generation Honda Civic Type R...


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Ariel Atom 3.5: road-going go-kart scores stiffer chassis, more tech

UK sports car company Ariel has released the Ariel Atom 3.5 – the latest evolution of its ballistic road-going open-wheel go-kart. Visually, the most notable change between the old Atom 3 and the new model is the lighting system. The Atom 3.5 gains twin projector headlamps and LED turn indicators and stop lights. There's also a new bonnet design...


Ariel Atom makers help develop fully immersive racing simulator
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Ariel Atom makers help develop fully immersive racing simulator

The Motion Simulation TL1 racing simulator that has been designed, developed and manufactured in the UK with the Ariel Motor Company has been launched at the 2012 Gadget Show in Birmingham. The makers of the insane Ariel Atom have ensured the TL1 simulator is the be all and end all of boys toys...


Ariel Atom Mugen released as 10th anniversary special
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Ariel Atom Mugen released as 10th anniversary special

Ariel has released yet another version of the ultimate driving extreme machine, introducing the Ariel Atom Mugen. It's faster and quicker than the already-ballistic standard Atom and it's more exclusive. The Ariel Atom Mugen features a tuned version of the standard Honda K20Z Type R engine, meaning power is now up to 201kW - an increase of around 18kW...


Ariel Atom 500 V8 first details
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Ariel Atom 500 V8 first details

Ariel Motors has released the first details surrounding its highly anticipated Atom 500 which promises to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, production car ever made. It will use a specially developed 3.0-litre normally aspirated V8 engine weighing less than 90 kilograms which should return a staggering power to weight ratio of around 1000bhp per tonne...


Ariel Atom gets a windscreen!
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Ariel Atom gets a windscreen!

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Video Classic: Top Gear Ariel Atom

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Ariel Atom 500 V8
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Ariel Atom 500 V8

The Ariel Atom is already a potent road-going track weapon with its Honda-sourced supercharged powerplant, however Ariel has unveiled the Atom 500 V8 which takes road-legal performance to phenomenal levels. The new 2.4-litre high-revving V8 engine develops 500bhp (373kW) at a screaming 10,000rpm, giving the Atom 500 a power-to-weight ratio almost double that of the Bugatti Veyron, or over 745kW per tonne...