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
The cockpit is still Ariel's less-than-no-frills affair, but the demands of power and race readiness have ushered in a dizzying array of switches and buttons behind the Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel. The 500 has small and beautifully crafted carbon paddles on either side of the wheel, and beyond them toggles for things like traction control, launch control and even wet and dry settings. The digital display scrolls through a myriad of on-board information, but keeps the vital bits - gear indicator and arcing graph of a rev-counter - to the fore.