It has no roof, no windshield and no doors. It doesn't matter. The Ariel Atom is the absolute perfect way to experience the simple pleasure of a day at the race track on four wheels.

Though it's available with as many as 500 horsepower, even the 300-hp model is able to accelerate from a dead stop to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. That's impressive, to say the least, and the best news is that the rest of the car's statistics are just as amazing, thanks to a fully adjustable suspension system, sticky rubber at all four corners and powerful brakes.

In other words, the Atom 300 has everything you need to go fast at a race track and nothing you don't... and it's even possible to get it registered for the street. Watch the video below to find out what makes Car and Driver suggest that the Atom "may be one of the least practical cars ever, but also one of the most exciting."


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      Stang70Fastback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do all video reviews of cars seem to almost exclusively include clips of "amazing handling cars" going around corners sideways? Is it because it's more exciting for the viewer? Is it because he knows this is going to be on film, and gets wrapped up in a trying-to-look-badass moment? (I know I would.) Seriously, can we just get some footage of the car PROPERLY blazing through the corners or chicanes in a true awesome-handling car fashion? (A.K.A. a proper racing line with all four tires sticking to the road.) It's really frustrating to only ever get clips of people drifting cars. Drifting is fun, and it's fun to watch, but it's also not terribly difficult, and can be done in a lot of cars. What differentiates this car from the rest of the track day cars is how much better it is at sticking to the road, not sliding over it!
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The guy's name was Jethro Bovingdon. It couldn't be more British if he had a title of Sir or Lord. Either way, the Atom is one sick, sick car. That supercharger whine is just plain evil - I loved it. What he was saying about it being very "calm" while driving this car while being exposed to all the elements really reminded me of when I had a motorcycle. You really do get this weird peaceful sensation even when going at a pretty fast clip and the wind is beating you up - you feel like you are one with the road or nature, as hokey as that sounds. The Atom is probably about as close to that motorcycle experience that you can get with 4 wheels.
      dezoris00
      • 2 Years Ago
      Problem with the Atom is not the car, its the fact in the states its hard to get registered, even harder to insure. No VIN = no financing for the common man. Then you don't have a solid race class for it to compete in track days. So whats the point? Spend 7k on a Rotax Kart and actually be able to compete nationally. This coming from someone who has been behind the wheel of both.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dezoris00
        Roger that. I drive a TaG kart. In terms of thrill / speed for the dollar there is nothing that even comes close to a kart. A BRC Twin cylinder kart would annihilate pretty much any super car I can think of around any track in the world and can be had for well under $40,000 USD. $7000 for a Rotax? Dude check the karting forums people are parting ways with stuff for 2/3 that because of the economy.
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      The optional aero would be a must for me if I was buying this car. Adds some drag, but I think the trade off is worth it. Would still rather have an R500 if I was going to get a car like this. Would love to see a closed top version of the Atom with full aero!
      Peter_G
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get the sheer power (to weight) this thing puts out but should the seat back be flexing that much?
      Rob Cook
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I'd love to at the least drive an Atom and if I won the lottery it would be on the list of toys to buy I can't help but hear him basically describe a motorcycle when he's talking about driving it on the road. As someone already said the closest thing to a 4 wheel motorcycle. If that's the case I'll stick with my FJR for a fraction of the price and almost all of the fun. I mean you have to wear a helmet either way and scraping pegs in twisties is just as exciting as drifting sideways...
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would make a great car if you did some small circuit type stuff and mountain road driving. A friend of mine had the opportunity to drive one on a track and said he wasn't very comfortable with the front end feeling planted at 135 + mph. Between this and a Caterham R500 personally I would have the Caterham, but the Atom is still a great car.
        • 2 Years Ago
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        spdracerut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zeus
        You can buy optional front and rear wings to add downforce.