Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

The Atom swoops into Diving Turn.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Approaching the bridge between West Bend and Diving Turn.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Slitted slicks in the rain straddle fun and scary.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Jalopnik’s deputy editor John Krewson would never be frightened in a Honda-engined hyper-gokart.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Lime Rock Park is rather scenic, especially on a late summer day with clouds coming off the mountains.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

An uphill corner on the autocross track.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Look Ma, no hands!

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Mark Swain is the VP of sales and marketing for TMI, the company which builds the Atom for the American market. He also happens to be one hell of a driver, as demonstrated on numerous occasion with the Atom on a not particularly dry track.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Remember when you were a kid and you rode in shopping carts? Very similar. You could poke your hands through the exoskeleton if you were foolish or in possession of unneeded hands.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

The Atom was towed to the track by a big old Ford F-450.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Sometimes in the rain, there is oversteer. No need to worry.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Sometimes there is even more oversteer.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

The Atom corners much better than the position of the cones would suggest.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Approaching Uphill at the end of No Name Straight on the main track. Uphill is, as the name would suggest, a rather steep section.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Mr. Krewson is ready for his 5 MPH parking lot run.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

If it came in orange, Bugs Bunny would love it.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

By all means visit Lime Rock Park. Did I mention it’s gorgeous?

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

The bottom of Diving Turn, on the way to the Main Straight.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Cornering well on a steamy midmorning.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Approaching a turn on the autocross track during a gloomy point in the day.

Ariel Atom 3 at Lime Rock ParkS

Lime Rock Park lacks the overzealous security fencing found at most modern racetracks. Which makes it feel like the Nordschleife of the 60s. A mesmerizing racetrack this one is.