The Ariel Atom is a vehicle much coveted by so many enthusiasts, yet seen in real life by so few. The vehicles have been on the market for some time in various configurations. It was only recently, however, that Virginia-based TMI AutoTech Inc. made the Ariel Atom 3 and Race Spec Atom more attainable to U.S. buyers. TMI makes the Ariel Atoms under license from Ariel Motor Company which is based in Crewkerne, England.
With the Ace Performance in Tewksbury, MA recently becoming the first northeast dealership for Ariel Atoms, I just had to see the vehicle in person. Given a plethora of options, virtually no two Ariel Atom 3s are identical whereas Race Spec Atoms vary only in color of their front bonnets. All TMI-built Atoms are powered by the same Honda K24 230hp iVTEC engine, with the exception of the limited run of the Ariel Atom Honda Racing Edition.
Rather than writing an excessively long essay about the Ariel Atom, I chose to let my pictures of the black Race Spec Atom and a privately owned street-legal Ariel Atom 3 do the talking. If each picture is worth a thousand words, below are fifty thousand of them. I am neither a professional photographer nor do I have a fancy camera, but I did attempt to capture the details that most enthusiasts would find interesting.