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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Ariel Atom 500 will have its own 5000 bhp 3-litre V8 engine

There is a British carmaker known for producing one of the best pieces of engineering around. Ariel is the company responsible for the Atom, a car that is so aimed at high performance it didn't even have a windshield not long ago. Now, Ariel wants to be known as the creator of the fastest production car ever produced. Known as Atom 500 V8, the car will soon be released and will be limited to 25 units. Now Ariel has released details on the engine of the car, which will be build especially for it.

The new powerplant will be a 3-litre naturally aspirated V8 able to generate 500 bhp, what indicates it must be a high-revving unit. Since the car will weigh 500 kg, power-to-weight ratio will be 1 bhp/kg The engine will also be extremely light: only 90 kg, with cylinders forming the "V" with an angle of 75º. Adjustable traction and launch control will come as standard features.

Power will be delivered to the rear wheels with the help of a manual Sadev 6-speed sequential transmission. The car may offer paddle shifts behind the steering wheel, but that has not been defined so far, as well as the price. Even so, half of the 25 Ariel Atom 500 have already been sold, possibly in the sort of arrangement in which prices do not count at all. For a car that will be able to sprint from 0 to 96 km/h in under 2.5 s, this comes as no surprise.

Source: Ariel

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