It might be hard to believe, but everybody’s favorite track day race car, the Ariel Atom, was nothing but a pipe dream 10 years ago.
At that time, student Nik Smart decided that a road-legal race car with the weight of a bike and the engine of a real car might become quite popular. He wasn’t wrong, as the Atom is now three generations in and is still loved by enthusiasts all over the world.
Now, for the 10th anniversary of the Ariel Atom, the company decided to gather some of the most loyal owners and showcased the very special Ariel Atom 500 V8. What’s more, as a testament to the build quality, engineers started crafting the 500 V8 at 10:15 AM, and finished it at 3:30 PM, complete with working fluids and the rest of the tweaks.
The Ariel Atom 500 V8 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 500 HP 3.0-liter V8 engine, but its performance specs have yet to be revealed. Considering a regular Atom 3 manages 0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds, the 500 V8 will definitely offer an even greater performance.
The company is also planning a powerful motorcycle in the near future, but the Ariel Atom 500 V8 is currently the main priority. Only 25 models will be made, but each will retail for around $200,000.