The Ariel Motor Company have released the third generation of the Atom, called the Atom 3. Though this model is still as minimalist as previous iterations, there have been numerous detail changes culminating in the new car.
Visually the Atom 3 is immediately identifiable by new diagonal side rails in the chassis and the return to a twin outlet exhaust, but these are only the surface details that identify some of the changes to the Atom 3. Nearly every panel on the car has been slightly modified and there is a new simple deflector option to reduce pressure on the head when driving at speed. Inside, occupants benefit from a new lower seating position designed to improve comfort at speed and lower the center of gravity.
Beneath the surface, the Atom 3 sports a new chassis, which has increased overall width by 60mm, enhancing elbow room in the passenger compartment by 100mm. The track and overall width of the car remains the same. The latest version of Honda's 2-liter iVTEC Type R engine resides aft of the cockpit, while newly available Bilstein 10-way adjustable dampers improve the vehicle's dynamics on-road as well as on track.
Interview: Simon Saunders, CEO and Design Director of Ariel