Ariel Atom 2 

  • $42k built in England
  • 2006
  • 245 HP
  • 154 mph
The stunted Atom exhaust was a thing of beauty and tucks neatly within the confines of the tube chassis.
by AutoBlog Canada (Jan, 2012)
Combined with a smooth engine that now has its VTEC kick at just 3800rpm, it’s a fantastic drivetrain.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Ariel Atom


Atom 2
3 s
3.9 s

Top speed

Atom 2
154 mph
Venom GT
270 mph
253 mph


Atom 2
7.5 s
5.1 s

Top Gear track time

Atom 2
BAC Mono

1/4 mile

Atom 2
12.4 s
Venom GT
9.95 s
10.2 s

Data points Key details of the Ariel Atom


Atom 2
Venom GT


Atom 2
245 HP
Venom GT
1,200 HP
987 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Fierce acceleration is the payoff: Zero to 60 mph comes in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.2 at 125 mph.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
Usually, such massive, mind- and physics-bending acceleration is delivered on two wheels, and we've enjoyed that three-two-one-blast-off kind of thrust a few times in the past.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)
We countersteer quickly and stay light on the throttle, and everything rights itself immediately.
by (Dec, 2012)


So the entire powertrain and the majority of the brake system is straight out of the MGF, the mid-engined sports car built and sold by Rover.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)
Shifting down for corners is optional, mainly serving as tach-needle tickler and engine-noise booster.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)
Low Mass; Not for the Masses The 2011 Ariel Atom V8 weighs exactly 1,433 pounds with us in it and ready to go onto the track, the V8 pulsing through its ceramic-coated racing exhaust.
by (Dec, 2012)


Exacerbating those feelings of terror and ecstasy is the supercharger, which produces a whine like an X-Wing Fighter with an uncorked exhaust.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)
Adding to the chaos is a menacing, brain-rattling shriek from the supercharger.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
In fact, our test car carried a sticker that nearly doubled the starting price, and it seems likely that a bone-stock Atom (well, bone-stock plus the available supercharger, of course) would provide nearly as many smiles per mile.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)


The rocker-arm suspension systems use metal-to-metal pivots at the wheel end and combination metal-and-rubber bushings at the chassis end to good effect.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)
Resilience feels equally divided among tire-sidewall flex, chassis twist, and suspension travel.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)
The aforementioned suspension setup has been optioned up with twin coil springs with differing rates to provide a relatively tame ride while still maintaining back-road and race track prowess.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)

Air compressor

Our car had most of the performance-enhancing goods, including Alcon four-piston brakes ($3975), 10-way-adjustable shocks ($2720), and one of the most popular options, a nonintercooled Jackson Racing supercharger ($8500) that adds 7 psi of boost and 55 horsepower.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
The supercharged variant ups those figures to 300 horsepower and 190 pound-feet, and the result is an extravagant linearity and immediacy connected to one of the slickest-shifting manuals on the planet—it seems incapable of landing in the wrong gear—with which to harness the hysteria.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
Ariel tells us that the supercharged Atom will handily accelerate to 60 mph in well under three seconds, and we're true believers of that figure.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ariel
Price $41,995
Type of car Production car
Year 2006
Highest auction price $46k, January 2009

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.84 lb/hp
Maximum hp 245 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Maximum torque 215 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM
Max RPM 6,500 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Fuels Gas
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,431 lb
Width 72 in
Height 45 in
Length 134.5 in
Front track width 63 in
Wheelbase 93.5 in

road tests

Top speed 154 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s
0-60mph 3 s
0-100mph 7.5 s
Top gear time 1:19.50


Drivetrain 2WD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.38:1
  2. 2: 1.76:1
  3. 3: 1.18:1
  4. 4: 0.89:1
  5. 5: 0.7:1
Axle ratio 4.1:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
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