270bhp Ariel Atom Mugen revealed

Limited edition Ariel Atom gets 270bhp naturally aspirated Mugen Type-R power. Reveal at Autosport 2011

Ariel has marked the tenth birthday of its Atom track car with a new model. The Ariel Atom Mugen gets a tuned version the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Honda Type-R engine from the regular Atom, with 270bhp.

That’s a 25bhp increase on the Atom 3, and enough to increase the car’s power-to-weight ratio from 498bhp/ton to 549bhp/ton – that’s more than a Bugatti Veyron, and should be enough to see the Atom’s already impressive 3.2sec 0-60mph sprint fall. It also boasts more power than Mugen’s tuned Honda Civic Type-R.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Only ten Ariel Atom Mugen’s will be built, each one with a special livery and a numbered plaque signed by the Mugen and Ariel technicians who worked on its build.

‘We found that both ourselves and Mugen had the same meticulous attention to detail in the build of our cars and their engines’, says Ariel director Simon Saunders. ‘One Ariel technician makes a car, one Mugen techncian builds an engine. The result is a truly hand made car with a hand made engine.’

The Ariel Atom Mugen will get its full reveal (with photos and further spec and price details) at the 2011 Autosport show, alongside an all-new Caterham model and Radical’s road-going SR3 sports car. We’ll be reporting live from the show, so be sure to check evo.co.uk for up-to-the-minute Autosport news.

Ariel Atom v KTM X-Bow v Caterham R500 v Lotus 2-Eleven

Mugen Honda Civic Type-R review here

Join evo's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m3/202991/new-bmw-m3-touring-confirmed-yes-we-said-m3-touring
BMW M3

New BMW M3 Touring confirmed - yes, we said M3 Touring

Sixth generation M3 to offer Touring body for the first time to rival RS4 and C63 estate
12 Aug 2020
Visit/audi/s3/202806/2020-audi-s3-sportback-and-s3-saloon-revealed-the-four-wheel-drive-golf-gti
Audi S3

2020 Audi S3 Sportback and S3 saloon revealed – the four-wheel drive Golf GTI

Audi’s next S3 Sportback follows a well-trodden path, filling a gap it once defined
11 Aug 2020
Visit/review/202972/aston-martin-dbx-review-the-first-performance-suv-to-deliver-on-its-promise
Reviews

Aston Martin DBX review - the first performance SUV to deliver on its promise

Aston Martin's first SUV is more than a good SUV, the DBX is the best car the British firm makes
10 Aug 2020
Visit/maserati/ghibli/202975/maserati-ghibli-trofeo-revealed-sober-dressed-bmw-m5-rival-finally-arrives
Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo revealed – sober-dressed BMW M5 rival finally arrives

Some seven years after the launch of its executive saloon, Maserati has given it a V8 – with 572bhp
10 Aug 2020