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2005 Ariel Atom

2005 Ariel Atom
Minimal bodywork, moulded to the highest standards possible, consisting of separate composite panels reduces weight, minimizes costs and allows easy access for adjustment of most settings. Developed in the wind tunnel to generate front and rear down-force, with special attention paid to underbody air flow, the bodywork provides stability and precise steering at all speeds. Stowage boxes, electronics and battery are accessed by the QR bonnet, which like the air box and mudguards is available in a range of grand prix colors.

Atom's one piece, two person seat is so elegantly simple it's remarkable more manufacturers don't do things this way.2005 Ariel Atom
Designed to be set up specifically for the driver the composite twin seat unit, offering high lateral support, has been designed to solve the interior space problems usually found in vehicles within this class. With it's wide track the Atom can accommodate two large adults in safety, comfortably solving the space problems usually found in vehicles of this class. The composite twin seat unit, designed to be set up for the driver, offers high lateral support and a comfortable driving position. The simple but effective adjustment progressively ramps the seat forward and up to cater for nearly all sizes of driver.

The view over the nose is pure race car. Plip the plipper, flick the ignition on, press the starter.

Housed in a minimal console the compact racing instruments feature stepper motor driven needles with clear, white on black, easy to read faces, LCD readouts for secondary information and all legal requirements warning lights for road use. A remote, keyless immobilizer allows for an ignition on/kill switch and starter button, ergonomically grouped together with other controls around the steering wheel.
Suspension is pure race car, adjustability a keyword for the Atom.

Derived from current single seat race cars, suspension is by double unequal length wishbones and inboard, pushrod operated dampers, front and rear. The system features outboard rod ends all round for total adjustability and inboard rubber/metal bushes for compliance and comfort. Coil over Bilstein dampers front and rear extend the adjustability of the car allowing the Atom to be quickly set up for road or track use or to individual preferences.

The Atom has deliberately been made with a high content of race car components.

The Atom has been designed with one purpose - performance. Race derived features include adjustable front/rear bias brakes with option of remote operation while driving, twin brake master cylinders, hydraulic clutch, one and a half turn competition steering rack, adjustable alloy pedals and ram air system. It is this thought for detail and lack of compromise that makes the Atom so totally unique.
Even in 160bhp form the Atom's power to weight ratio exceeds that of a 911 Porsche.

Atom 2 power is from the new 2.0 Honda iVTEC engine now regarded as the best 4 cylinder production engine in the world. Featured in the Honda Civic and Civic Type R the engine and gearbox combines Honda reliability, economic servicing and practical ownership. With the performance emphasis of the Atom geared towards acceleration and handling, the power to weight ratio exceeds that of most supercars giving phenomenal performance and track times comparable with pure race cars.

Source - Ariel



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