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
It's only a half-hour drive from the immense pomp of the Maranello village to Pagani's humble industrial estate, a wiggle through road works and single carriageway where the Atom remains frustrated but amenable. We attract the inevitable attention of the Carabinieri, doing a proper good cop/bad cop with a strong emphasis on the bad. A spot of ‘no hablo' fans the flames, but once the incredulity regarding the Atom's road-legal status has subsided, we are on our way with a cheery smile and a click of jackboot heel. Everyone, it seems, loves the 500.