It seems like just yesterday when we were all in awe of this new little car that looked like nothing more than an engine with some plumbing attached to it. I speak of course about the Ariel Atom, a car that changed the rules when it came to lightweight super cars. At first glance the Atom looks as though it’s not a finished automobile, and for all intents and purposes, it isn’t. The Atom consists of what is basically a tubular exoskeleton, with a few seats, an engine and some suspension components bolted onto it. By taking such a minimalist attitude towards the car the Ariel Atom has managed to rip off some of the fastest 0-60 times in history to the tune of 2.9 seconds.
For the 10th birthday of the little pocket rocket the British company plans to built 10 limited edition Atom Mugen cars. The cars will be powered by a 2.0-liter Honda engine producing around 270 hp and wear a special numbered plaque signed by the Mugen and Ariel technicians responsible for the build of the car. I’ve never driven one of these, but I can only imagine that it would be the equivalent of running flat out on say an Aprilia RS250 motorcycle. So, anyone want to let me take their Atom on a test drive?