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Ariel Atom

2006-09-21 15:30:24.679316+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Next time I'm snickering at some owner of an exotic sportscar for putting his physiological detriments on display like that, I need to remember the performance equivalent alternative I always want to suggest: the Ariel Atom. 0-60 in 2.9. Performance that puts it right up against the half-million dollar cars. It sure looks exotic, but it also looks like it'd be perfect form factor for tooling up Route 1 on a warm fall day if your tastes in that direction fall towards a gasoline engine. I don't see any specific American prices around, but it should be about $60k US. The Top Gear segment on the Ariel Atom.

I still think that if I'm going to be tooling up Route 1 in something involving that much carbon fiber it should be with two wheels and probably made by Calfee Design, but I wanted this in a place where I could find it again.

And speaking of Top Gear, I'm generally not much on TV hosts, they're usually vacuously ignorant and reading off of scripts, but I have enjoyed the occasional Top Gear segment on YouTube when it's been recommended to me, and anyone who does their own stunts to the tune of 300MPH gets a bit of respect: Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond in hospital after crash at somewhere between 200 and 300 MPH.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-21 16:55:51.665415+00 by: Dan Lyke

Tom The Dancing Bug on why people buy certain types of cars (via Elf).

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-21 17:57:55.157666+00 by: ebradway

I think the Tesla Roadster is the hottest thing around and priced just above that Ariel Atom...

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-21 18:22:49.659691+00 by: Diane Reese

I'm with you on the Tesla Roadster! I'm lusting after one, in a I'm-over-50-if-I-can't-keep-my-kid's-VW-van-I-want-a-responsible-sports-car kind of way.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-22 12:41:41.80198+00 by: meuon

While I'm wondering if a 'Bent bike/trike with a full windsock and either a 200+mpg gas motor, or an electric assist motor, would make a car replacement. My definitions of performance have changed... Yet I still drool over the supercars of my youth, knowing that modern performance cars are better in so many ways.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-24 04:46:38.428712+00 by: baylink

You saw that someone's electrifying the Atom, right?

#Comment Re: made: 2006-09-24 04:52:48.595528+00 by: baylink

And, incidentally, I think you win the award for Most Obscure Reference to the Penis Enhancement Vehicle for 2006.