• Feb 28, 2008

With over 500 horsepower and only 1,150 lbs. to schlep around, there's only one possible reason not to lust after the Caterham RST-V8 Levante, and that's the love-it-or-hate-it "classic" styling. Fortunately, emerging reports suggest that RS Performance, the same outfit that shoehorned the supercharged micro-block V8 into the Super 7, is working its magic on another super-lightweight British track star: the Ariel Atom.

Like the Caterham RST-V8, the Atom 500 will feature the RS Performance 2.4-liter 40-valve supercharged V8 driving through a six-speed transmission with flat-shift ability. And just in case the Ariel Atom doesn't look extreme enough, the V8 version will get a bunch of carbon fiber bits and a different color scheme. Considering that the existing Honda-sourced 300-hp supercharged four gets the Atom up to sixty in under three seconds, the 500-hp version will melt your face off.

[Source: Motive]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      now that's just stupid... in a good way
      • 6 Years Ago
      My wife was already worried that the Atom would become "the other woman." I committed two of the seven deadly sins just looking at that thing!

      On a more practical note, I hope they widen the tires a bit in an attempt to help the Atom retain it's handling prowess-- this would be useless without the ability to lay down at least some of that power while exiting a turn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Say what?

      I can see the Top Gear headline already:

      With 500 horsepower, the Ariel Atom may actually be able to outrun light itself.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I WANT THIS SO BADLY I WILL USE CAPSLOCK ! I drool over the thought of watching that thing accelerate
      • 6 Years Ago
      Their advert for this car should involve time dilation, relativity and remaining young by driving this car and going really fast
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good lord!

      Death Buggy of Doom!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear God.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So is this the engine dpcars has been working on based of the 'busa? I'm guessing not as it's 2.4 and supercharged vs the current 2.8l mill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So it would seem - congrats to Dennis (and his team if he no longer is working alone)!
        • 6 Years Ago
        * Zamafir - Actually its not based on the busa, but rather the Yamaha engine. Originally rating around the 300 hp mark, so Im a bit skeptical about this 500hp.

        You know me, always wanting 'PROOF'!

        This is getting kinda outa hand I must say. Its a serious death trap. Absolutely ANYTHING, I mean leaves, moisture, frogs, dirt, gravel, oil & you are just sooo TOAST!

        There is NO Perfect road anywhere. And when something comes up, its game over!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not long before someone builds an engine/chassis hybrid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, Wow, Wow. I dont know if human existence is ready for something like this. Any ideas of a price tag? How much was the atom, 75k usd?
      • 6 Years Ago
      top speed has little dependence on weight. It's a very simple equilibrium between propulsion force and drag (mechanical and aerodynamic).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Because you weren't really going to do anything with the last thirty years of your mortal existence anyway.
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