New Atom V8 thrashed in Modena
TopGear heads to the home of the modern supercar with Ariel’s special-edition, super-bonkers 500bhp Atom
Posted: 16 May 2011
When you say the three words ‘Ariel' and ‘Atom' and ‘V8' to someone, the three words that come back at you are usually ‘Jesus', ‘Effing' and ‘Christ'. And with good reason. Here is a car that weighs a smidgen over half-a-tonne, but that now puts out 500bhp. That's almost 1,000bhp per tonne, which is getting on for twice as much as a Bugatti Veyron. In terms of out-and-out performance, on any given surface in any given gear, this may well be the fastest road car on Planet Earth. And TopGear has been let loose in it before anyone else outside of Ariel's factory.