New details have emerged about Ariel Atom's highly anticipated V8 model. The race version has 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS) and an insane power-to-weight ratio of 909 hp (678 kW / 922 PS) per tonne.

New details have emerged about Ariel Atom's highly anticipated V8 model.

Based on the no-thrills Atom 3, the car is powered by an American-made 3.0-liter Hartley V8 which was originally developed from two Suzuki motorcycle engines. While it doesn't sound very high tech, the performance is astounding. The entry-level V8 produces 475 hp (354 kW / 482 PS), while the race version has 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS) and an insane power-to-weight ratio of 909 hp (678 kW / 922 PS) per tonne. With the latter engine, the Atom is expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, 0-100 mph in 5.4 seconds, and top out at 200 mph (322 km/h).

To cope with the extra power, the car has been outfitted with a six-speed sequential Sadev transmission (which can handle the 16,500 rpm redline), a revised double-wishbone suspension (with arms made from aerofoil-section chrome-molybdenum tubing), Intrax dampers, Alcon brakes, and X-rated Toyo tires.

The company is finishing up final testing on several prototypes, but the car will go on sale next year. Priced at £150,000 ($231,500 / €182,750), only 25 Atom V8s will be produced.

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