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
At an ungodly hour, in a dusty lay-by up a winding road, the Atom is slowly lowered from the back of Ariel's bright red transporter. The first thing to appear is a front wing, an F1 style, all-carbon affair that is so low to the ground it threatens not to clear the stony surface it's heading for. Next is the familiar Atom nose, and then a first glimpse of that unique tubular steel, finished this time in a burnished gold. These are complemented by gold five-spoke alloys, separated by enormous ducts for the intercoolers, sat low and wide on both flanks. A huge rear wing finishes what is still a remarkably compact creature, glinting gently in the weak morning sun.