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Quick Spin: Ariel Atom 3 is awesomeness that defies all classification

Before we get into the actual meat and potatoes of this review, please know that the absolute absurdity of the Ariel Atom 3 is not lost on us. It starts out as a sordid collection of mild steel tubing and a somewhat unassuming 2.0-liter K20Z four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual, both pulled from the Honda parts bin. Throw in some fiberglass and a smattering of carbon fiber, four wheels, two lightweight racing seats with four-point harnesses, a steering wheel and some pedals, and that's just about it, save the optional windshield. But the result is greater than the sum of its... Read More

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    Ariel Atom celebrates turning 10 with special Mugen edition
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    It's hard to believe that 10 whole years have passed since the only Brit crazier than Amy Winehouse hit the world stage. We are, of course, referring to the Ariel Atom, but you already knew that, didn't you? And, like any good anniversary celebration, AutoExpress reports that Ariel is celebrating its tenth by releasing a special edition, which sure beats ...

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    Ariel Atom one-make series coming to America?
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    A one-make, or spec-series race, is an exciting contest that really proves who's got what it takes behind the wheel. The Ariel Atom is an exciting vehicle that allows a driver to explore the purest expression of driving nirvana. If you are a fan of either, then 2011 should be a very good year for you. Ariel is working with Virgina International Raceway ...

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    Ariel Atom 3 gets power influx courtesy of Wimmer RS
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    It doesn't get much more extreme than the Ariel Atom. But Wimmer RS has managed to do exactly that. The German tuning house has taken the Atom 3 and boosted output of the 2.0-liter turbocharged Honda four up from 300 horsepower to 340. The engine mods are carried out by a remapped ECU, rebuilt compressor and new fuel pump and exhaust with Rennkat ...

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    Video: Ariel Atom dices it up on the track against... an Epson printer?!
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    If we had to pick a printer company on the merits of its advertising stunts alone, Epson would hands-down be our favorite. Along with cranking out an awesome 1:1 scale paper replica of an NSX racer not too long ago, the company recently decided to pit its newest printer against an Ariel Atom 3. The premise is simple: The printer would begin printing a ...

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    Video: Clarkson teases his own take on The Italian Job
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    Jeremy Clarkson has created a new two-disc video titled The Italian Job, where the Top Gear host goes it alone with some of the best supercars money can buy. The video will feature Jezza hooning around Imola and Fiorano in typical shouty, animated fashion – and with good reason. He's got a range of dream cars at his disposal, including a Ferrari ...

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    Video: Ariel Atom 3 gets the time-lapse build treatment
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    Are time-lapse build videos the new trend in online automotive clips? It sure seems that way as more and more of them keep squeezing out of the 'tubes. If you go back to 2008, you can see a Corvette ZR1 go from frame to furious in less than five minutes. Last fall, the Patron Highcroft Acura prototype racecar came to life in under three minutes. Earlier ...

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    Video: Autocar reviews the Ariel Atom V8
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    Ariel finally put together its long-awaited Atom V8 and handed to the keys to some lucky sonofa Autocar to take the eight-pot pocket rocket out for a spin. Matt Prior got some seat time in the light-weight sportscar and provides great insight into this new Atom. Phrases from Prior include; "fastest production car anyone has ever driven," "utterly ...

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    Ariel Atom celebrates 10 years, shows off Atom 500 V8 to lucky few
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    The Ariel Atom is a lightweight, high-performance sports car which started life as a design project by then-student Nik Smart. Ten years later, the Atom has progressed through three iterations, and there are plans to expand the Atom family with the creation of a motorcycle and the upcoming Ariel Atom 500 V8. The bike is still being developed, but some ...

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    Maker Faire Detroit 2010: 72-year-old building his own Ariel Atom clone
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    The Ariel Atom is an amazing piece of automotive minimalism and could be what Lotus founder Colin Chapman would build were he still with us today. However, not everyone can swing the price tag for an Atom. In the case of 72-year-old Bert Campbell of Southgate, MI, his artificial hip also posed an ingress/egress problem. Bert is one of the participants at ...

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    Quick Spin: Ariel Atom 3 is awesomeness that defies all classification
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    Before we get into the actual meat and potatoes of this review, please know that the absolute absurdity of the Ariel Atom 3 is not lost on us. It starts out as a sordid collection of mild steel tubing and a somewhat unassuming 2.0-liter K20Z four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual, both pulled from the Honda parts bin. Throw in some fiberglass ...

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    DDMworks twincharges the Ariel Atom
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    Because the Ariel Atom simply isn't mental enough and there simply isn't enough crazy in the world, South Carolina-based tuners DDMWorks had to go and twin-charge it: a Borg-Warner turbo mated to a Harrop supercharger. An Atom weighs 1,375 from the factory, and with over 300 horsepower on tap, it's 4.6-pounds-per-horse allows the standard Atom to hit 60 ...

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    Entry-level Ariel Atom 3 priced from $49,980
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    Admittedly, "entry-level" is a bit of a stretch, as one Jefferson Jackson shy of $50k is a nice chunk of change. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Two years ago we learned that TMI AutoTech would be the Ariel Atom's new master here in the U.S. After a few fits and starts, TMI is now selling the new Ariel Atom 3 with a starting price of just $49,980. ...

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    Atom Smasher: UK-bound Ariel V8 to command $200,000?
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    Two hundred thousand bucks is a house in most places. Well, that's £120,000 to our British friends. Still, that's an awful lot of scratch. How much is it compared to other cars? If say you wanted a Porsche Cayman S -- a car many consider the finest sports car in the world -- the mini-Porker costs just £44,000. How about an Aston Martin V8 ...

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    V8-powered Ariel Atom 500 could cost at least $160k
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    Even with the stock 300-horsepower Honda four, the Ariel Atom is a verifiable supercar-slayer. So when the British track-car manufacturer announced they'd be building a bonkers 500hp V8 version, our interests were piqued, to say the least. But if you were expecting a bargain, think again. The latest reports, quoting Ariel's CEO Simon Saunders, indicate ...

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    More details on the 500-hp Ariel Atom 500 V8
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    When it comes to power and lightweight, enough is never enough. And so, Ariel (finally) gives us the Atom 500 V8, an 1,102-pound roadster boasting the highest power-to-weight ratio (1,000 hp-per-ton) of any production car to date. How does Ariel do it? It starts with the engine and gets more insane from there.The heart of the Atom 500 is a Russell Savory ...

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    REPORT: Ariel planning all-new alt-powered vehicle
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    Ariel, our favorite purveyors of minimalist motoring this side of a Se7en, are reportedly working on an all-new vehicle that won't be powered by a standard engine and would "break new ground in the same way that the Atom first did."According to Ariel's head Simon Saunders, the new model will be a significant departure from the Atom, nixing the exposed ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Racer X Design RZ Formula
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    The term "F1 car for the road" is as clichéd as "Darth Vader's new ride," but it's hard to look at the Racer X Design Formula RZ without drawing a comparison to open-wheeled track tools, along with the KTM X-Bow and K07 Spyder.Racer X Design first appeared on our radar with the KC-427 Concept, a modern interpretation of the Cobra powered by a ...

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    eBay find of the Day: one-off 1959 Wooden Ariel Custom
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    Wood. It's sustainable right? Cool, sounds like the perfect material to make new cars from. Now, the next question is how are we going to power them? The traditional American answer would be a big honkin' V8, but we're thinking something a little more, say... European. British to be exact, and it's going to be of relatively small displacement, like from a ...

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    How To: Build a car from spare parts and scraps
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    Every once in a while, we run an article aimed at the do-it-yourself crowd. Usually, these things are not that difficult to accomplish, but today, we've found something a little bit more in-depth for those really hard-core recyclers out there. A man in Utah has taken various bit of scrap, a kayak, a doghouse and a wrecked car or two and made himself a ...

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    MAKE reader builds Ariel Atom replica out of spare parts
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    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 ...

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