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Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear seems to think the Ariel Atom is perfect for middle-aged guys with a little extra cash and not enough foolishness for motorcycles. But most of the middle-aged guys we know have all their extra cash tied up not in little cars, but in little kids.

If you, too, are a family man who could never justify spending money on the impractical Ariel Atom, then this could just be the car (kart?) for you. The KG650cc is a 727-pound, two-seat go-kart powered by a 27.6-horsepower 644cc engine. That gives each horse about 26 pounds to carry, compared to the Atom's 3.3 pounds per horse. And at only 9 feet in length and 3-feet wide, even the cramped Atom has this kart beaten in comfort.

But hey, your neighbors don't know an Ariel Atom from a Corbin Sparrow. Just play the famous video of Clarkson making a fool of himself in the Atom, and no one needs to know you only spent about $8,100 on your little race car.

BONUS: Check out video of the Atom-like go kart after the jump.

[Source: Autoblog.nl]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      me....maybe not a busa but atleast another 600cc from a cbr600rr or gsx-r
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not a mazda 13b engine? 232 hp, about the same size as the 4 piston motor on the real atom. You can pick up a rebuild for pretty reasonable. That would be awesome, but thats just me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you're looking for speed for cheap, then carting is definitely the way to go...but not in this look-alike model.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes but you can't drive a cart on roads. This has the prereqs for most states to be road legal.

        Personaly I'd be fine with a 600cc from a Ninja ZX-6R. Although with the Hayabusa's 180+hp it'd be pretty crazy...erh... fast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A mere shadow of the real thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is pitiful and nasty looking
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't think 28hp would be able to cut it, but it seems peppy from the video. Still, a 'busa or gixxer mod is the way to go from peppy to insane.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish Factory Five Racing would build an Ariel Atom single donor kit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So who's gonna be the first to stick a Hayabusa engine in it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      See my avatar for the reason why the Atom is worth the price.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know you're dealing with a classy outfit when the contact info is a hotmail address.
        • 7 Years Ago

        I'd like to see one that uses more donor parts, though.

        Dump the Wilwood calipers and the supplied 17" wheels. Give us a kit that uses all 93-97 Corolla parts, for example. An 1150 lb. car doesnt need 12" discs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesn't seem too interesting...
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