MAKE Magazine has a quick story and pictures of an amazing home build. Some maker named Proximacentuari, who’s a college guy judging from the pics and some things he said in the comments, put together his very own version of the Ariel Atom. He calls it the Z59. Apparently it took him 15 months and at least 800 hours of work. Amazing stuff, but there are still no numbers on how much the project cost.
Let’s break down the side by side, then we’ll see the pics. The Ariel Atom goes from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds; the Z59 in 4.5 seconds. The Ariel Atom has a supercharged Honda 2.0L 4 Cylinder i-VTEC engine from a Civic; the Z59 has a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine from an Acura RSX. The Ariel Atom gets 33 mpg; the Z59 gets 35+ mpg. They’re remarkably similar, except that one was produced after extensive testing in wind tunnels and race tracks and crash testing, and the other was built in 15 months by a guy in college in his spare time.