Ariel built a fan car! This is not a car powered by fans, this is a car that uses fans to suck the car to the ground. It’s an old trick borrowed from 1960s Texan race cars and the banned Brabham F1 car from the ‘70s.
The spindly Ariel Nomad wasn’t built to be the track-scalping weapon that the other Ariel Atom models are. It was meant for off-roading. For dirt and grass and gravel. But that doesn’t mean it still isn’t fun as hell to thrash about on some tarmac.
Simon Saunders, boss-man overlooking the ridiculous Ariel family of street-legal tubular performance machines including the Atom and Nomad, has dropped some hints about future models including luxury limousines, an electric Atom and possibly borrowing the hybrid heart of the new Acura NSX when the time is right.
The result is not what you might expect.
I’ll tell you exactly.
It looks beastly in a good way, of course. The way that you’d want a 1650 lb, ~500HP Ariel Atom-based bonkerscar to look. And sound, and go. Sure, we were skeptical at first, but it looks like Rezvani made good on his promise to make a pretty dramatic car.
This is life when your company car is an Ariel Atom and your best friend Bronx is down for an afternoon ride.
You have an Ariel Atom. You have studded snow tires. You have a frozen lake. You have a snowmobile. What do you do? Drag race. Of course.
BMW drivers parking like asshats is nothing new. But BMW drivers parking in the middle of the damn road makes for a perfect "Oh Shit!" storm for a rider and his Ariel Atom cohort.
The very same company responsible for that ass-hauling skeletal structure that is the Ariel Atom is turning their attention building a blazing off-roader. On January 6, the rear-drive Honda-powered Ariel Nomad sport buggy will be revealed to the public, carving trails near you shortly after that.
If there's one car that wasn't designed with English summer rain in mind, it's the 350 horsepower Ariel Atom 3.5R. Then again, if you happen to have one on a rainy day, what can you do?
Good news: Ariel will show off its long-awaited motorcycle at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Bad news: It won't be anything like the two-wheeled Atom we expected. Worse news: Automatic transmission.
The Ariel Atom 3.5R's world premier will be at Goodwood during the Festival of Speed next month, but guess what! Somehow, the guys managed to find an empty bit of runway for an early test...
The Ariel Atom is a continuously evolving product, and following the V8 and the Mugen versions is this, the limited-edition Atom 3.5R with more power, an improved chassis and a sequential paddle-shift gearbox that can change gears faster than physics would suggest.
Our friends at Evo went to a track for two days with a McLaren 12C GT Can-Am, a Caterhan Seven 620R, a Radical RXC, a BAC Mono, a Litchfield Subaru BRZ Spec S, a Mini JCW GP, a supercharged Ariel Atom 3.5 and a Porsche Cayman S. That's it. Lucky bastards.
Tonight's new episode of Top Gear USA has the guys road tripping to the Sturgis bike meet. And in a little pit stop on the way, they race an Ariel Atom against a 200 MPH superbike. Sounds like fun.
Summer is the perfect season for running to the track for a quick jaunt, and if you've got the money and time there's no better way to kill a couple of hours. But if you're going to do it, which vehicle do you do it in? XCAR has you covered, with a comparison of three stripped-out supercars.