2010 Ariel Atom 3 @ Reduced Pricing
One of the most all-time hilarious videos is that of Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear driving the Ariel Atom. If you haven’t seen the jowl-scrunching video, see it here:
Now, although he was talking about the U.K.-built model, TMI Auto Tech of Alton, Virginia, builds the car in the U.S., and, according to its Mark Swain, vp of sales and marketing, “Now, thanks to increased in-house manufacturing capabilities, we’re able to offer more variation of the Ariel Atom and at pricing that was unachievable in the past, all while increasing TMI’s already stratospheric build quality.”
So, for $49,980, you can get a naturally aspirated 219-hp version. This is a Japanese spec 2.0-liter Honda K20 drive-by-wire engine that’s fitted to a six-speed transmission. (For those willing to pay more, there are 245-hp and supercharged 300-hp versions.)
The Atom is contrasted with drawn-over-mandrel welded steel tubing that’s powder coated. There are aluminum bulkheads. The body—what there is—has non-structural composite panels. And unlike the vehicle that Clarkson is shown driving, it has the steering wheel on the left side.
With a curb weight of just 1,375 lb., even with the 219-hp version this is means just 6.3 lb./bhp. This means, well, your jowls will be scrunched, too.