Ariel Atom 3.5R revealed, new performance track car

Looking for a new track toy? Ariel has revealed its latest creation as previewed last week. It’s called the Ariel Atom 3.5R. While it doesn’t come with doors, a roof, or even a windscreen, it does come with a screaming Honda VTEC engine and a power-to-weight ratio of a bullet

Ariel Atom 3.5R

In the engine area is a 2.0-litre supercharged Honda VTEC four-cylinder taken from the Civic Type R. It produces 261kW of power at an ear-pinching 8400rpm. This is a jump of 30kW over the regular Atom 3.5.

The increase is power is thanks to boost pressure being dialled up from 7.5 psi to 11 psi, a new intercooler, and a revised intake setup. These revisions translate to a 0-100km/h time of around 2.5 seconds, and 0-160km/h in 6.0 seconds.

Aside from the jump in power, the 3.5R comes with an adjustable limited-slip differential, four-piston brakes, Ohlins springs with adjustable TTX dampers, and a unique body design with yellow highlights.

As you can probably tell, this is not for the faint-hearted. It only weighs 550kg, so the power-to-weight ratio is just 2.1kg:1kW. This is better than any Ferrari or Lamborghini currently on the market.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.