• Mar 14th 2010 at 10:25AM
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Atomik 500 – Click above for high-res image gallery

While there's still no word on whether Fiat/Chrysler will bring an electric version of the retro-metro 500 to market, it appears that someone else will. Atomik Cars has taken the 500 Abarth and made it meaner and cleaner. The new company's aim is to deliver a zero-emission vehicle that blends supercar performance with city car packaging. Atomik's motto is "Anticipating the future." It may well have succeeded.

With output from its AC brushless synchronous motors reportedly equivalent to that of a 300 horsepower engine, the Atomik 500 slingshots to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. It has lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries in unknown quantity, a ceramic heating system to warm its passengers and a "Peltier A/C module w/o gas" to cool them. More details will forthcoming as its April debut at Top Marques Monaco draws near, but we can tell you that its rarity is all but guaranteed: only around 50 copies will be available for purchase. Check out the gallery below for more images of Atomik's far-out performer.

[Source: Atomik Cars]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm really digging the tire/wheel combo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Me too - very '70s feel to it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The "Peltier A/C module" that is the neat but cheap technology used for budget car coolers. It will fit in with Fiat's traditional and abysmal A/C performance as it is yields at best a 20F delta T. That means when it's 90F outside the vents will deliver 70F air, couple that with the hot thermal mass of the interior and the solar gain while driving means that you will never be cool. Current A/C's often deliver 55F air to do a decent job, 70F isn't even close.

      It has been only in the past 15 years that European imports have had decent A/C. This change in performance has been attributed to an unusual item: US Interstate I-10. It provides hot and humid in the east and torrid temperatures in the West. Any vehicle that cools effectively on this road end to end will keep things frosty anywhere. Cruise I-10 in the summer months and don't be surprised if you see caravans of European imports including makes and models which will never be imported to the US.

      The prior bad performance was attributed to testing the cars in proximity to the importer's headquarters located in NY and NJ and their relatively mild summers. I'm sure this Fiat's thermoelectric A/C will keep it frosty enough in Hoboken.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look out for those craters on the moon. Driving into one of those would suck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks a bit... missing with the grille gone....... something is definitely missing from the car.. they could have at least put a sticker grille like the nascars... But Atomik Cars did a great job sending their 500 to the moon...I'm guessing the used an 'atomik' rocket?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I understand cooling is not needed, but for the sake of design, something like a grill, bumper, is needed to jazz up that flat wall front end.

        Love the flared fenders tho.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this car is nearly as good as they say it is I WANT ONE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to see it do the "moonwalk".
      • 5 Years Ago
      I call photochop. The shadows are all weird, no stars...
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        No kidding.....

        Like anyone would spend their money to send something like a car to the moon for advertising...........

        *Slaps own head*
        • 5 Years Ago
        and it still has tires... wouldn't they explode out there?
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