In 2012, we saw the Ariel Atom 3.5 that came with a chassis derived from the Atom V8 and the Mugen versions. Now, the company has announced plans for a hotter derivative that has been christened, Ariel Atom 3.5R - the first images and details of which, have been released online. This limited edition model features a truckload of upgrades that should make it even more desirable amongst Atom fans.
Powering the limited edition Atom 3.5R is the same Honda Civic Type R-sourced 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, K20 unit. However, the engine has been heavily supercharged so as to be able to churn out nearly 350PS of max power from a 2.0-litre unit! Now, Ariel has been supercharging the Civi Type-R’s engine for the past decade to get around 310PS. What’s different in the new iteration however, is the brand new charge cooler system that is housed in one of the twin side pods that has enabled the power bump from 310PS to 350PS.
Driven by the rear wheels, power is put down via a new Sadev 6-Speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Clutchless upshifts take less than 40 milliseconds, while downshifts less than 50 milliseconds - making the 3.5R capable of five downshifts in less than one second. The 0 to 100 kmph feat is achieved in mere 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph. Furthermore, an adjustable limited slip differential will also be made available to customers to tailor their cars according to individual driving preferences.
The suspension set-up has also been updated with new dampers, designed specifically, by Ohlins for Atom. Customers will also be able to specify road, track or race springs to optimise the performance of the 3.5R. The customisation options does not stop there. Ariel customers will be able to specify different bodywork, wheels, tyres, brakes and various racing components. Lastly, this most extreme incarnation of the Atom rides on a set of bespoke Kumho tyres.
The Ariel Atom 3.5R will be built at the company plant in Somerset and the first deliveries are expected to commence later this year.