“The whole essence of the Atom is about performance without compromise, total driver involvement and above all, having fun.”- Ariel Motor Company.
Based in Somerset, England, Ariel is responsible for one of the most exciting sports cars of recent years – the Atom. At the heart of this remarkable car is its chassis, a welded tubular-steel spaceframe with high side rails and integral roll-over bars for maximum passenger protection. Stripped of components, the bare frame looks like a work of modern sculpture and indeed, an example is on display at the Design Museum in London. The bodywork, what little there is of it, is made up of moulded composite panels, wind tunnel-developed to generate front and rear downforce. The twin seat likewise is a single composite moulding, generously proportioned to provide sufficient room for two adults. Inspired by the current generation of monoposto race cars, the state-of-the-art suspension features inboard, pull-rod operated Bilstein dampers and full adjustability for road or track. Other race-derived features include adjustable front/rear brake bias, twin master cylinders, hydraulic clutch, 1.5-turn competition steering rack and adjustable alloy control pedals.
“Unique,” “shatteringly fast,” “it really does feel like a single seater,” and “the closest thing I’ve seen to a four wheel motorcycle,” are just a few of the countless praises bestowed on the Atom by unanimously enthusiastic road-testers, but perhaps the most apt summation of this incomparable vehicle is simply, “as close as you can get to a racing car on the road.”
Ordered personally from the factory, this right-hand drive Atom was delivered equipped with the full carbon package with F1 Wings, front panels, cycle wings and carbon race seats. Offered with full factory service history from new, it has covered just 7,000 miles. Unequalled as a track-day car, it is offered with spare keys, copy sales invoice, assorted correspondence and UK registration document. Interested parties should note the car is offered with upgraded dash binnacle and ecu.