Ariel Atom Blog
Welcome to the Ariel Atom Blog.
The Ariel Atom is “Barely Legal” insanity. In my opinion, one of the very finest cars ever created, thankfully available in the USA so that I could get one. With a 0-60 sub 3 seconds, it’s been likened to a combination of driving and cage fighting! The reality is it’s a very drivable car when not being hammered, but you absolutely HAVE to drive this car as being casual with the handling can quickly become an “entertaining moment”
If you want to eat burgers while listening to a rock station in climate controlled comfort, this is definitely not the car you should be considering. It is a car built to be driven – exhilarating, committed, joyful and astonishing. It is a true supercar at a fraction of the amenity-laden other supercars’ costs. Hey, when it’s not being thrashed, it’s about as economic on fuel as a Prius!
This Blog is about how the Atom came first into my knowledge and awareness and then incredibly into my actual possession! I hope you enjoy the site.
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I took the Ariel Atom to the Queen’s English Car Show in Woodley Park. I wasn’t expecting too much, As it turned out the show was amazing with a huge number of British cars in fantastic shape. The Atom made her TV filming debut and we were lucky to spend some time with a car-loving celebrity!read more
Ahhh a typical working day. Cruising the Boulevards and Canyons of Southern California with the wrap on the car building business in the sunshine! A visit from my niece inspired a day of tooling around some of the nicest parts of SoCal. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to…………read more
Being British, I have a fairly realistic perception that a British vehicle will come with various “idiosyncrasies” and “foibles”. Being as my Atom was a US build, with an essentially American engine, I hoped that these foibles might be lessened.
In fact, the Atom has had a few issues that have helped to highlight both the beautiful simplicity of the car as well as showing a few flaws. This post looks at a few of the issues I’ve had to date….read more
The Braille Rallye was on July 12th. This is a fabulous and fun event that pairs a visually impaired student to act as Navigator for a driver. The idea is that the student can practice Braille and/or large print reading skills to navigate a timed course around LA, with prized for accuracy in timing. of course, the real “winning” was a fun day out and a chance to meet a cool student – and of course a great excuse to drive the Atom all day!read more
My Ariel Atom got some new clothes. I had an extra set of body panels “wrapped”. It’s turned the Atom from a major attention-getter into a topic of continual conversations…read more
Part One of how I ended up owning an Ariel Atom. From the video that set the burn going in me, the reasons and means behind actually being able to own one, through to the feeling of wide-eyed child at Christmas, full of expectation as I went to pick her up…..read more