• Sep 24, 2008
Click above for more shots of this home-built Ariel Atom replica

We can think of few better ways to spend our evenings than bending, welding and beating metal into submission to produce our own car and it seems that we are not alone. MAKE reader, Utah resident and Flickr user proximacentuari took the design of the Ariel Atom -- currently one of the most desirable track cars in existence -- and replicated it in his home garage. What's more, he documented the entire process with pictures and uploaded the whole thing to the internet. This is the coolest show-and-tell ever.

Powering the beast, known by its builder as z59, is a Honda K-Series four-cylinder engine from a wrecked Acura RSX. It's an impressive build, taking "15 months and at least 800 hours of work in the garage," all done without any official Ariel schematics. "The frame is completely custom. I didn't make a single measurement off the real car... what you see is a series of very educated guesses," according to the builder. Much of the car is made from scrap parts, including the bodywork from a number of old appliances, a kayak and a doghouse. Check out a few pics in our gallery and click here to see the entire photostream on Flickr. Thanks for the tip, Pedro!


[Sources: Flickr, MAKE]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      does it perform like the real Atom?
      lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is crazy
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like asss




      NEXT!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stuff like this makes me wish i knew how to weld.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if he put the driver's side front tire facing the right direction yet
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is pretty impressive. The guy obviously knows a thing or two about welding and fabrication.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Insanity. He looks so young too, crazy talented.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now, if cottage car industry lives on in Britain, it can live everwhere else. Hats off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the safety factor on this?

      Don't get me wrong...I love home builds and innovations of any kind by a guy in his garage...but at high speed this could get dangerous. More power to him.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best. Replica. Ever.
      @Steve C: go to Ariel's site, the wheels are about the same size as the real Atom.

      Otherwise: God, with a frame like that, his welds better be Epic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      His front left tire is on backward...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good job, except why are the wheels (and tires) so small? Boost them up a bit and the machine would corner like it's on rails.
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