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 the goodwill hits its peak at Pagani, where the electric gates trundle back on our arrival and the Atom is instantly overrun by the firm's tiny team of madly enthusiastic mechanics. They pore and poke and smile and ask endless pertinent questions, simply delighted that such a thing exists. A few yards away, up a paved pathway, one of five Pagani Cinque Roadsters ever to be made is being fettled, and there is a faint sense of pride amongst us that themen capable of creating that million-pound hypercar are full of such genuine admiration for something so comparatively modest. Pagani's chief test driver asks for a ride - what greater endorsement could you ask for? - and we return him several minutes later, a couple of shades whiter and grinning from ear to ear.