If you were to bring performance machines back down to their most basic level what would you be left with? I’m not just talking about getting rid of flappy-paddle gearboxes and Stephen Hawking inspired electronics. No, I’m simply talking about what the machine needs to function. An engine, some seats, a collection of pedals, steering wheel, and the ability to swop cogs. The Ariel Atom is a beautiful car not because of its appearance, but because of its simplicity. Now it is going racing.
The Atom’s key to its 0-62MPH time of 3.2 seconds is just how spartan it is. No roof, no doors, no windscreen. With handling that makes it as nimble as a mosquito, it is no surprise that there is a high demand for a race series. Ariel are now offering a Cup Spec car to compete in an FIA approved series. The modified cars include data logging systems, carbon fibre dash, rollover protection, and a stainless exhaust manifold.
The events are offered in three levels that all include the purchase of a Cup Spec Atom. Bronze costs £63,835 and covers your entrance. Silver (£71,985) includes tyres, fuel and a man to help you set up your car for each race. Gold offers all of this plus car storage, maintenance and transportation at the cost of £83,580.