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.

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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.’

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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

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