Sunday, January 17, 2010

0-60 In 2.9 Seconds: The Awesome Ariel Atom

The Ariel Atom looks like an ultra basic exoskeleton frame on wheels design. And that's part of the idea here. Weighing in at just 1350lbs., the Honda 2.0 liter powered supercar can go an awesome 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds. That's pretty blistering!

The only thing not stripped down is the whopping $49,980 price tag here. That's a fair amount of cash. But then again, you're paying to own one of the world's fastest supercars. And the Ariel Atom is of the best buys in that small but elite market. In that regard, you're not paying a few hundred thousand for some exotic supercar with the same sort of speed specs.

If the Honda 2.0 liter isn't enough engine for you, then a new 500hp V8 model is in the works for the brand. In the meantime, there is another V8 engined model also available.

Interestingly, the ultrafast supercar is manufactured both in Somerset, England as well as under contract with Brammo Motorsports of Ashland, Oregon. Outside of Detroit, Michigan a few interesting small specialty automakers like this exist and thrive.

Ain't life grand!