The problem with most of today’s supercars is that they’re mostly watered down track cars, used as grand tourers. As general-purpose cars they pretty much suck, and while rather impressive as track cars they get schooled by something like this Atom that costs a fraction of the Italian jobs. By the way, this is no run-of-the-
mill shed Atom. This one’s powered by the blog commenter’s wet: The 2.8L Hartley H1 Hayabusa-derived V8. Oh yes…
The seller claims this is the only H1 V8 powered Atom in existence (Ariel’s working on their own version), and the build up is documented on his blog, which we really ought to start reading. It’s got a power-to-weight ratio on par with 70s F1 cars and runs lap times similar to those from the CanAm days.
Unfortunately, the car’s set up to be basically track-only, and the combination of oddball title and oddball engine might back it nearly impossible to register in your local commonwealth. Our suggestion? Just start racing for pinks at the local track, eventually you’ll have a nice collection of wannabe track cars to drive around town.
Bidding’s at $60k on eBay Motors, via Webrides.tv
We got the pictures from the eBay auction, but the watermark suggests you should go check out Xqsme Photography
Everything Else is For Pansies: 'Busa V8 Powered Ariel Atom
Hartley needs to mass market this engine. I want one in my Fusion! Or my Volvo 745. Fuck, I would just buy one to put in my living room so I could stare at it.Loading…
I was thinking the Scoobie 360 from yesterday.Loading…
I was thinking the Scoobie Van from a month or so ago.Loading…
Yes, and believe me, I feel like a total douche! Why does it have to let everyone know \”Hey everyone, I'm using my CrackBerry!\”? Stupid. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerryLoading…
Its for sale and so is one Cossie which can be found on his site.
There's also lots of construction/modification details about how that V-8 got shoehorned in there, plus some plans for a small (SCCA D-sports-ish), AWD track-only car using that motor at:
I would stretch it out and put more chrome bits on it. Maybe yellow tires too. Also, paint it like a dragon with Japanese characters all over it.
do you mean yellow – or pu$$y magnet yellow?Loading…
Two wheels too many, but it's on the right track.
Do you suppose we could get a 'busa V8 for one of these?
I think that's just lovely the way it is.Loading…
An enclosed body is so passe'.Loading…
Let's get a Hayabusa for that 2002 in the background!