Some time ago the Ariel Atom 3.5R debuted in Europe. Now the American manufacturer of Ariel Atom, TMI AutoTech, is releasing their version called the Atom 3S. The improved vehicle is now equipped with a turbocharged version of its Honda 2.4-liter engine that makes the same 365-horsepower as the European 3.5R, and 310 ft/lbs of torque. That more powerful engine can be coupled to a Sadev 6-speed paddle shift sequential transmission. There is also a brand new traction control system.
The exterior is upgraded with side pot intercoolers, similar to the ones on the 3.5R and V8 Atoms, new headlights, windscreen (removable for your best Clarkson impression), and fenders. Inside is a standard LCD display for all the vital information and some updated trim. Prices for the new Atom 3S start at $89,740. The base Atom 3, which gets some updates and a lot more standard features, is available at $64,500. Registration and street legality still depends on what state you live in, but it is possible.
Hit the jump for a brief press release which lists all the specifications and the differences between the Atom 3 and the new 3S. There is also a video of the 3S doing a full course 3.27-mile lap around VIR in 1.58.8 seconds. For comparison, Grassroots Motorsports did their 2014 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge at the same track and here are regional SCCA records.
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