What is it?
It’s the new Atom 3.5R, a sharper, track-focused edition of Somerset’s supercharged lightweight. And possibly the fastest real-world Ariel Atom ever built.
What, faster than that ridiculous 500bhp V8?
Perhaps so. Though this 3.5R gives away 150bhp to Captain Slow’s favourite Atom, the chaps at Ariel say it’s actually quicker around all but the longest, straightest circuits, the even torque spread of its ‘charged four-cylinder giving it the advantage out of corners over the superbike-derived V8, which makes all its power at the top of its (very long) rev range.
You want some figures? The 3.5 R will do 0-60mph in around 2.5 seconds, 0-100mph in under six. Serious.