Exoskeleton Excellence - 2008 Ariel Atom 3
New Arrival - 2008 Ariel Atom 3
"What is it?"
"How fast is it?"
"Can you really drive that on the street?"
Those are the top three questions I have heard after driving this Atom the last few weeks as my new daily driver. I kid, I kid. But I have put about 80 miles on it, running it between shops and a great evening drive in the hills one night. What a thing! And truly...you have to factor in extra time to reach your destination, as everyone wants to stop and talk to you.
In 2008 the Ariel Atom came to the USA via TMI AutoTech Inc, out of Virginia at that time. The first car they built (AA30001) is this car here. This car was used as a factory demonstration car, so had a host of great options to make it fun and desirable for use and testing. After demo responsibilities, the car was mechanically recommissioned and sold to the first private party owner, trading hands one more time before coming to the current owner and his family.
The Ariel Atom 3 had many variations, and this one here features the naturally aspirated 230hp 2.0L Honda engine propelling 1,350 pounds. It has a wicked little idle to it, and the induction howl does require earplugs when driving the car. However, with the full windscreen, no helmet is needed, and the cabin is free of buffeting at highway speeds for extended drives.
Power is immediate and linear, as is handling. Extremely responsive package, and while it begs for a track day to truly stretch its legs, back road driving is more comfortable than you might think…just don’t plan on bringing much luggage!
This Ariel Atom is available now for inspection and purchase in Issaquah, WA. You can see a full set of photos and all details here - 2008 Ariel Atom 3
Please give me a call to talk about this car, or anything else inventory - I look forward to hearing from you.
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