If you thought the Ariel Atom 3 was a crazy ride, you haven’t seen anything. After three years of development, the engineers at UK-based Ariel have just released the 2012 Ariel Atom 500 V8 ($250,000). Limited to 25 production models, the Atom 500 V8 has a lightweight 3-liter, naturally aspirated 500 horsepower. Okay, so that, in and of itself, is impressive. But the horsepower-to-weight ratio is even more insane. The 1001 hp Bugatti Veyron supercar has 530 bhp per ton and the Ariel Atom 500 V8 has a mindblowing 900 bhp per ton. The full race car specs reveal 6 speed sequential race gearbox, adjustable limited slip diff, custom gearsets, custom dampers and springs, adjustable suspension and full LCD display with car stats and monitors. But don’t worry, you’ll also have the benefit of adjustable traction control and launch control so your lack of skill will be partially covered by the car’s technology. Count on an all new level of trackday car set with this new Ariel model with unsurpassed performance. Just don’t expect your organs to be in the same place when you’re done.
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