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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ariel Atom

The Ariel Atom is a handbuilt car designed by Coventry University (U.K.) student Nik Smart in
1996.  The most striking aspect of the Atom is the absence of bodywork and the large tubes of
the Exoskeleton chassis.  Now on it's third model iteration, the Ariel is also made in the U.S. by
TMI in Virginia.  Just as in the Lotus 7/Caterham, the design leverages it's light weight to humble
cars with twice the horsepower and cost.  With a 300hp supercharged Honda engine, the Atom
will scoot to sixty mph in under 3 seconds and handily beat a fast motorcycle on Top Gears test 
track.  Hell, Jay Leno owns one of these, that should be all the endorsement you need.  I highly
recommend the Top Gear review, if for nothing else then because of what the Atom does to 
Jeremy Clarkson's turkey neck. Top Gear Ariel Atom Review


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