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Ariel Atom 500 V8 specs

Car type Open-wheeler
Curb weight 550 kg (1213 lbs)
Power / weight 875 ps (863 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 658 Nm (485 lb-ft) / t
Introduced 2010
Origin country United Kingdom
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Performance

Top speed 275 kph (171 mph)
0 - 100 kph 2.3 s
0 - 100 mph 5.4 s
0 - 150 mph 16.4 s
1/4 mile 11.2 s @ 134.2 mph
1000 m 20.3 s @ 251.0 kph

More acceleration times

Ariel Atom 500 V8 acceleration graph

Powertrain

Engine type 32-valve V8
Displacement 3.0 l (183 ci)
Power 481 ps (475 bhp / 354 kw)
Torque 362 Nm (267 lb-ft)
Power / liter 160 ps (158 hp)
Transmission 6 speed Sadev sequential
Layout middle engine, rear wheel drive

Laptimes 4

Atom 500 V8 rivals

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Flabernat  4y  

Yeah they are obnoxiously over-priced. That said, strictly performance speaking there's really nothing that will touch it on a track in this price range.
Personally I'd rather the original supercharged-4cyl version with the manual.


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BR2+  4y  

overpriced...But ill take mine in ALL Gold. But this car loses a lot of steam after 110Mph I hear, Still though, 150k is too much, specially since you can get an Atom 3 for 28k...Don't see the price justification. Rather have a GT3..


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Flabernat  4y  

@Shaggy, Agreed, It would be a great way to test your skill, trial-by-fire style ;)


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Shaggy  4y  

@ Flabernat: I'd like to drive this car, at least once, just to see if I'm man enough to handle it. A hot lap in a car this powerful, this light and this intense is a great way to see what you're made of.


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Flabernat  4y  

The things I would do to get behind the wheel of this, especially on an open track..... I love TG's review, especially when it was Tiff Needell who out-raced the racing bike ^_^


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Shaggy  4y  

I saw that crash while watching the 1999 24 hours of LeMans race, the car didn't go as high as I remembered, I thought it went over the trees and landed behind them, a door flew up and the driver walked away unharmed. I'll bet he had to change his underwear. XD


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Fangio Man  4y  

@Shaggy
That would be the result of this experiment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow3rxq7U1mA&hd=1


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Shaggy  4y  

@ Fangio Man: It's probably either really fun, or extremely frightening to drive. :D


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Fangio Man  4y  

"475 horsepower in a car that weighs less than a full grown cow, I bet this car will fly!"

Just remove the spoilers and it will! ;D


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Shaggy  4y  

475 horsepower in a car that weighs less than a full grown cow, I bet this car will fly!



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Fangio Man  4y  

@Mark 04
I do not think so.


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Mark 04  4y  

.youtube.com/watch?v=_jvHqB4ZxbU
can we use the time from this?
8mins???



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PeterN  4y  

Just got knocked off it's perch by the Huayra on top gear!!! 1:13.8


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PeterN  4y  

FANTASTIC CAR!!!!!!!!!!!¡¡¡!!!!!!!!!!


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Anonymous500  5y  

Lame: Pop down to Somerset sometime and get taken out in the 500. You'll need money I guess as they are very expensive and very limited. But you could watch. The very fact that this car even exists in the 'nanny driven' world where there are rules to protect us from rules to attempt to protect us from ourselves should be embraced. What a car!!!

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Ferrari driver  5y  

what we now know about this car?
Ariel Atom 500 V8 on Rain make you DIE!
xD


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Ferrari driver  5y  

0-200 kmh?


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SUPER9MAN9  6y  

Scaffolding with lots of plastic stuck to it and an engine (also can remove Jeremy Clarkson's face) in about 5 years I could build one! Still bags of fun though.


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Lame  6y  

This car is sooooo lame, you cant drive it anywhere without a helmet, over a bump, or in the rain, or you will be killed. Not to mention if you have a crash. It has a 500 bhp/ton And yet it is just as fast a Mclaren MP4-12C around a track, a car that can be driven anywhere. I know its great for the track but its NOT a road car and I hate how they advertise it as such.


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w0o0dy  6y  

Autocar tested this car with 2 people on board 0-60 in 3.02 sec...
60mph in 2.3sec seems a bit ambitious, but the effect of 75/80kg extra in a car that weights 650kg with fuel ready to run is quite big.
So i'd say 2.8 to 60mph is surely possible.


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Mike B  6y  

those 3.4kph can be done in 0.1s, if there's no gear change between them

But the Atom gets to 63mph in 1st so the difference would be around 0.1s from the 0-60 and 0-62mph...
Anyway 0-100 in 2.3 is too optimistic, Autocar got to 60mph in "only" 3s


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me  6y  

"60 mph is 96,6 kph"

So: 100-96.6 = 3.4 kph difference. Do you really think they need 0.3-0.5 seconds for another 3.4 kph?!

Well, if 100 kph is achived in 2.3, then 3.4 kph would be in less than 0.1 of a second.

In conclusion, 0-60 mph is quite the same as 0-100 kph.


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Jimbo  6y  

Autocar laps time added


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DeDe  6y  

@ Davy13682
Then you're wrong.
60 mph is 96,6 kph.


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Davy13682  6y  

Atoms claim..... yet to be confirmed.... could well be 0-60mph rather than 0-100kph.....

Last time I checked 60 mp/h was the same as 100 kp/h ?


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GriN  6y  

2.3 s totally unrealistic value for Atom V8 even on drag strip with glue.


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vette  6y  

the only problem is the top speed! should get there in about 20 seconds but then what?! ultima gtr,veyron,agera probably, and many superbikes will fly by it after that:(


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Tino  7y  

I suspect that the standard camber settings are not that high. With more agressive settings this atom will beat even the ultima GTR and the 500bhp version might beat even the fastest bikes on a straight line!!!

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