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
And it turns out the interest was plenty. Young, old, men, women, mechanics, suits, consultants, cooks and cleaners, the 500 was swamped in the heart of Maranello village. After all, it's not a thorn in Ferrari's side this, but a kindred spirit, and the crowds it drew were testament to that. Everybody there loved the Atom 500, from the excited child who just saw big wings and bucket seats, to the experts in greasy red boiler suits who poured over the engineering details of the Hartley V8 and the beautifully finished exhaust system.
This is just the sort of thing we wanted for the Atom, unabashed enthusiasm for something a bit mental and quintessentially British.
With a big, unofficial, thumbs-up here, next stop Pagani. (Lamborghini goes on holiday for the entire of August - sensible chaps - and Ducati was too busy eating pasta.)