This latest Ariel Atom is named the 3S and although it looks similar to previous generations this one is powered by a turbocharged K24 engine sourced from the Honda Civic Si.
The Honda engine makes 360 hp in this application and has a redline just shy of 8k rpm. In a car that weighs just 1,300lbs the power-to-weight ratio is incredible and 0-60 mph times take just 2.8 seconds with 0-100 mph taking just 6.7 seconds.
The exoskeleten of this Ariel has been powdercoated white and comes with the optional carbon fiber bonnet, airbox cover and fenders. The front and rear wings are also carbon fiber and were a $6k option by themselves and are almost necessities to increase downforce on such a light car on the track.
You can differentiate the new Atom 3S by its side mounted intercoolers that are placed low and look like an obstacle blocking your way as you climb into the cabin. The two-seats are one piece and the panels look a bit more finished than previous Ariels I’ve seen for sale.
The interior of the Atom is kept bare on purpose with just a racing dash setup and a flat bottom Momo steering wheel.. The carbon fiber dash surround has a trick Tilton brake bias dial and the switches to control more mundane operations like turn signal indicators and headlights.
This Ariel Atom 3S is currently street legal in Arizona and has less than 250 miles on the odometer, previously it was used as a SEMA show car and the current seller Forman Motor Works in Phoenix has priced it at $109k.