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
So, you might well ask, is that, strictly speaking, a good idea? The Atom 500 is road-legal, but heavily oriented towards the race track, both in terms of gearing from its Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox and that insane power-to-weight ratio. Its super lightweight and compact V8, built using two Suzuki Hayabusa engines, revs to over 10,000rpm. At that point, helmet or no, the horizon is likely to be a blur, the sound in your ears a petrifying scream.