Atom overtakes a million pounds’ worth of cars at the ’Ring
As argument rages about Nürburgring lap times, remember when we did this?
Posted: 28 Nov 2013
Unlike yours truly, whose familiarity with the track goes no further than a Sony PS2 game called Gran Turismo 4, using a plastic steering wheel attached to an ironing board. Braking point? What's that, then? Lucky I'm driving a supercharged Ariel Atom...
Ah, Atom, the purity of it. No roof, no bodywork, no heater, no windscreen. Just some beautifully designed, high-grade steel tubing, four wheels and a very powerful engine. It's blindingly rapid by any standard, road or race - as you would expect of a thing weighing only 456kg and packing 300bhp. A two-litre Honda VTEC engine from the Civic Type-R, with a Jackson Racing blower sitting right behind your spine gives it plenty of urge, revving clean and quick to 8,500rpm. It's a fabulous unit.