Ariel Atom 3 

  • $50k built in England
  • 2008
  • 296 HP 2.0L
  • 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 3
2.8 s
3.9 s

Top speed

Atom 3
154 mph
Venom GT
270 mph
253 mph


Atom 3
6.9 s

1/4 mile

Atom 3
11.2 s

Data points Key details of the Ariel Atom


Atom 3
Venom GT


Atom 3
296 HP
Venom GT
1,200 HP
987 HP

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 $49,980
Type of car Production car
Year 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 3.39 lb/hp
Maximum hp 296 HP @ 8,200 RPM
Maximum torque 154 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM
Engine placement Rear
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 2,000 cc
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.39 in / 3.39 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,003 lb
Width 47 in
Height 70.8 in
Length 134.3 in
Front track width 63 in
Wheelbase 92.3 in

road tests

Top speed 154 mph
1/4 mile 11.2 s
0-60mph 2.8 s
0-100mph 6.9 s


Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 380/? 152
Rear wheels 380/? 152
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