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The Atomic Bomb, Ariel Gives Atom Racing Pedigree


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.