NEWS: New Ariel Atom 3.5 R. Yes please!

Still our track day lightweight car of choice, the Ariel Atom just got even better – with the launch of the eye-watering 350bhp supercharged Atom 3.5R, capable of 0-100mph in six seconds, and loaded with so many perfect parts it's insane!
The amazing Atom 3.5R is powered by an Ariel tuned Honda Civic Type-R 2.0 Litre iVTEC 4 cylinder engine and features a super-speedy sequential gearbox, paddle change system, uprated Ohlins suspension and new bodywork. Just check out the drollest tech spec below...
Using their 10 years of experience of supercharging the Honda K20 engine, Ariel have developed a charge cooler system which allows supercharger boost to be taken from 7.5psi to 11psi. In 3.5R form the engine now produces 350BHP and over 330Nm of torque, giving this new Atom immense power throughout the rev range still coupled with the legendary Ariel reliability. And the car still only weighs in at 550Kg. Expect it to be faster than you can handle!!! And sound A-mazing!
Drive is via a new Sadev six-speed sequential race gearbox with adjustable limited slip differential and different gearsets available to suit individual customer choice. Gearchange is via a pneumatic paddle shift system, first used on the Atom V8, making upshifts in less than 40 milliseconds and downshifts in less than 50 milliseconds with the capability of 5 downshifts in less than a second. The ability to carry out flat upshifts without releasing the throttle coupled with a huge amount of power and torque gives the Atom 3.5R truly remarkable acceleration and performance with complete driver control.
Optional twin side pods house the charge cooler on one side of the car and an Ariel developed remote oil cooler system on the other, maintaining inlet and engine temperatures even under hard track use.
Suspension is via the standard Atom pushrod system but now uprated for the 3.5R with Ohlins TTX36 dampers, designed and valved specifically for the Atom with a choice of optimised Ohlins springs for road, track or race use.
The 3.5R takes the already phenomenal, record breaking Atom performance figures yet one stage further with 0-60mph times approaching 2.5 seconds and 0-100mph in 6 seconds.
Building on the bespoke, British ‘Tailor Made’ approach and low volume methods that Ariel have become known for the Atom 3.5R is available as a series of options, allowing customers to specify the car for their exact needs and requirements right down to the gearing. The engine, gearbox and suspension options particular to the Atom 3.5R are supported by the usual Atom choices of different bodywork, wheels, tyres, brakes plus numerous road, track and racing components.
"Our aim is to ensure that each customer has exactly the right car for their particular needs," said Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel. "Our approach means that every car is completely individual, as are our customers, and no two cars are identical. By combining elements of the Atom V8 with the Honda engined cars we have increased customer choice and come up with a truly stunning car."
We had more fun than should ever be legal one day, with Tim Schrick, at Cadwell Park with an earlier model supercharged Atom, and it blitzed the Caterham and Toniq competition. Quite fancy a repeat session of that day with this monster... our track day car of choice. LOVE it!
See the video of Tim & me messing about in the last s/c Atom here. And see more pics of the fabulous new 3.5R here.
Really want one... you?

3.5 R Technical Specification:

Engine & Gearbox
Type: 2.0 K20Z Honda 4 cylinder i-VTEC
Eaton type supercharger system with charge cooler
Aluminium alloy block, cylinder head, baffled engine oil sump
Displacement 1998cc
Bore & Stroke 86mm x 86mm
Valvetrain Chain drive DOHC 4 valves per cylinder
Power 350 BHP @ 8400 rpm Torque 330Nm @ 6100 rpm
Gearbox 6 Speed + reverse aluminium alloy casing
Sequential pneumatic paddle shift with clutchless up and downshifts
Interchangeable gear sets and final drive
Adjustable limited slip differential
Billet aluminium bell housing
Stage 4 uprated clutch friction and pressure plates
Fuel system Indirect multi-port grouped fuel injection
Continuous flow Marwal 3.5 bar electric fuel pump
Twin fuel filters
40 litre aluminium fuel tank
Electrical Electronic coil over plug ignition
Hondata engine management system
Thatcham 2 Stirling Transponder Immobiliser system
Cooling Electric coolant pump
Front mounted fabricated radiator
Remote oil cooler
Intake Ram air box system
ITG foam air filter
Exhaust 4 – 2 –1 fabricated stainless steel exhaust manifold
Stainless silencer, twin outlet

Bronze welded 57mm, 38mm, 25mm diameter ERW /CDS steel tube Aluminium bulkheads
Phosphated, powder coated finish
Right or left hand drive

Double unequal length TIG welded fabricated wishbones front and rear
Outboard adjustable rod ends front and rear
Lightweight fabricated uprights front and rear
Adjustable suspension pushrods front and rear
Aluminium bell cranks front and rear, needle roller bearings
Ohlins TTX adjustable inline reservoir dampers front and rear
High grade alloy steel Ohlins coil springs

Rack and pinion cast alloy steering rack 1.7 turns lock to lock
Collapsible offset steering column
Adjustable inboard joint and outboard rod ends
305mm race suede covered steering wheel

Front: 290mm ventilated discs with 4 piston callipers
Rear: 290mm ventilated discs with 4 piston callipers
Tilton aluminium racing pedal box
Twin master cylinders adjustable front/rear brake bias
Parking brake

Front: 7Jx15
Rear: 8Jx16
Tyres Front: 195/50R15
Rear 245/45R16

Non structural composite panels woven cloth/chopped strand mix
Nose cone, nose cone cover, body tub, engine cover, air box, screen

Twin seat unit composite woven cloth, 5 position adjustment
2” E Approved four point quick release full harnesses

LCD Digital display, speedometer and tachometer, water temperature, fuel level, odo, trip
Warning lights: Ignition, lights on, handbrake/low brake fluid
low oil pressure, main beam, indicators, alarm

Length: 3410 
Track: 1600 front and rear
Height: 1195 
Wheelbase: 2345
Width: 1890
Weight: 550kg

0-60 mph 2.60 seconds (0-100kph)
0-100 mph 6.00 seconds (0-165kph)
Top speed 155 mph

Atom prices from £26,296.00 + VAT
Atom 3.5R with options illustrated: £69,756.00 + VAT
For further details please contact Simon Saunders or Tom Siebert
Tel: 01460 78817 Fax:01460 72935


Popular Posts