Ariel announces new Atom 4
Ariel has announced the fourth-generation Atom, and it’s the fastest yet.
It has been entirely redeveloped, with a new chassis, suspension, steering, brakes and bodywork, the latter is said to feature “significant aerodynamic improvements.” Visually however, we reckon you’ll be hard pressed to pick the new model, save for its lack of a rear wing.
This new one will sound different though as it uses the 228kW turbocharged four-pot from the latest Civic Type R. Ariel says 0-100km/h can be achieved in around 2.8sec, while 160km/h takes just 6.8sec. Ariel developed a new ECU which has optimised launch and traction control systems. Boost levels can be adjusted for different road and track conditions too, allowing drivers to tone things down if they want.
Torsional stiffness from its trademark tubular chassis has been increased by 15 per cent and the new design incorporates more occupant space and leg room. New seating and instrumentation have also been added. It’s also said to exceed the regulatory demands of a full-frontal impact at 50km/h.The inboard, pushrod-operated damper set-up has been retained but features new pick-up points and improved suspension geometry to reduce unnecessary body roll and weight transfer.
Ariel boss Simon Saunders said: “The Atom 4 is the biggest change to the car since we originally released it in 1999. In fact, there are only three parts carried over from the last Atom: the clutch and brake pedals and the fuel cap.”
Ariel will formally reveal the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but has already confirmed pricing will start from £39,975 ($NZ77,732).