Ariel Atom 3.5 launched

Ariel has unveiled an updated version of the Atom, said to be more road-biased

A revised version of the Ariel Atom has been revealed, featuring major chassis revisions, new light clusters and a 10bhp power increase for the supercharged version.

Known as the Atom 3.5, Ariel has developed a much stronger spaceframe chassis, born out of the V8 and Mugen Atoms. This increased torsional stiffness combined with new engine mounts and a softer damper set-up reportedly give the car a more compliant ride on the road, and better balance on the track.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

The Atom retains the old and trusty Honda VTEC unit. The supercharged version receives a 10bhp power boost, thanks to a revised intake manifold and ECU re-map, now up to 310bhp. Output for the normally aspirated version remains the same at 245bhp.

Externally, very little has changed. The most noticeable difference is the addition of twin projector headlights, and LED indicators at the front. The previous rear light clusters have also been upgraded to full LED units. A slightly re-profiled bonnet completes the package.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/land-rover/discovery-sport/201862/2019-land-rover-discovery-sport-d180-se-review
Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport D180 SE review

18 Oct 2019
Visit/volkswagen/201859/volkswagen-t-roc-r-review-ever-wish-the-golf-r-was-a-little-bit-taller
Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc R review - ever wish the Golf R was a little bit taller?

17 Oct 2019
Visit/toyota/yaris/201858/all-new-toyota-yaris-revealed-and-hot-gazoo-models-arent-far-behind
Toyota Yaris

All-new Toyota Yaris revealed – and hot Gazoo models aren’t far behind

17 Oct 2019
Visit/hyundai/201854/updated-2020-hyundai-i30-n-spied-before-reveal-early-next-year
Hyundai i30 N

Updated 2020 Hyundai i30 N spied before reveal early next year

16 Oct 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/volkswagen/201859/volkswagen-t-roc-r-review-ever-wish-the-golf-r-was-a-little-bit-taller
Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc R review - ever wish the Golf R was a little bit taller?

If you like the Golf R and don’t mind SUVs, you’ll probably like the Volkswagen T-Roc R too
17 Oct 2019
Visit/aston-martin/vanquish/201856/2019-aston-martin-vanquish-zagato-shooting-brake-review
Aston Martin Vanquish

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake review 

Extrovert, extravagant and extraordinary to drive, this might just be the world’s ultimate estate car 
16 Oct 2019
Visit/porsche/macan/201846/2020-porsche-macan-turbo-review-still-the-class-leader
Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan Turbo review

All the usual Macan virtues, but no longer the best performance SUV to drive
16 Oct 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019