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
I started out just pussyfooting around, relearning the track with 911s and Ms passing me on all sides, but the Atom didn't like it. This thing's built to go quickly, and after the second sighting lap I was getting more confident. No ‘normal' road-going car - not even one as focused and quick as a 911 GT3 or M3 CSL - can live with the Ariel's braking performance into and acceleration out of corners. On the longer straights against a well-driven quick car, I was in trouble, because I was running out of revs at 150mph, but the Atom was getting to that speed in such a short distance that by the time the 170mph-plus GT3s and M3s caught up, we were approaching the next bend. Then my brakes came into play. Six more laps and the job was done.