completely new CAR: Atom 4 Explodes Onto Track Day Market
The headlines in addition to highlights are:
- Fourth-generation of Ariel’s iconic sports car is usually the fastest standard design yet
- 320bhp Honda Type R turbo engine
- completely new larger diameter tube chassis
- Totally revised suspension in addition to steering
- completely new bigger brake in addition to cooling system
- completely new bodywork with significant aerodynamic improvements
- completely new seats, revised ergonomics, more Inner surface space
- completely new instrumentation in addition to electronics with traction in addition to launch control
- Production will commence in late 2018, for Spring 2019 deliveries
- Prices starting at £39,975 including VAT within the UK (£33,312 ex VAT)
- Each car built by one technician individually to order
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Here’s the full detail below via Ariel…
Ariel Motor Company announces the launch of the latest evolution of the Ariel Atom, currently in its fourth generation, the all-completely new Atom 4.
Designed by the in-house Ariel team, the Atom 4 continues the currently iconic design, although is usually an entirely completely new car via the ground-up. Building on the learning via previous generations, customer feedback, Ariel assembly technicians in addition to significant R&D by Ariel in recent years, the Atom 4 preserves the essential Ariel qualities although progresses the design in addition to engineering further into the most powerful in addition to able Atom yet.
Atom 4 features the latest Honda Type R turbo engine giving 320bhp as standard, all-completely new chassis, suspension, steering in addition to brakes, all-completely new bodywork with significant aerodynamic improvements, completely new seating in addition to instrumentation together using a host of design improvements in addition to adjustments. With an open design brief to improve the automobile wherever possible, the Atom 4 represents another big step forward within the evolution of the Atom.
Atom 4 will continue to be made in low volume by Ariel at its factory near Crewkerne, Somerset in quantities of around 100 cars per year alongside the Ariel Nomad in addition to Ariel Ace motorbike.
Each car will be built, as they are currently, by one technician in addition to to order for each individual customer. Having earned its reputation as the ‘Savile Row of the Automotive World’ Ariel carries a tailor-made approach to building vehicles which isn’t possible at high volume in addition to reflects the opportunities achievable only in low volume production. Atom 4 will also be made, under licence, by Ariel North America based in South Boston, Virginia serving North in addition to South American markets. The cars will have identical specifications, combining the best high in addition to low volume engineering, materials in addition to production values together with an option list in addition to bespoke build system which gives each customer exactly the automobile they need. via fun sports car to track weapon, the Atom 4 will deliver.
the automobile will also be the first Ariel vehicle to undergo full European modest Series Type Approval (ESSTA) in addition to ADR (Australian Design Rules) testing, to enable Atom 4 to be sold throughout Europe in addition to Australasia using a Certificate of Conformity via 2019. Said Tom Siebert, Director of Ariel Motor Company: ‘Though we have had a modest European presence over time, there is usually an enormous demand for our vehicles in This particular market in addition to elsewhere within the earth. British-built, low volume vehicles appeal on many different levels in addition to Type Approval is usually key to our future commitment to service those markets effectively. As well as our existing network of dealers, we will appoint completely new key agents in various countries, to make sure which as many potential customers have access to Atom 4 as possible’.
among the very oldest names in automotive history, Ariel was started off in 1870 by James Starley, also inventor of the differential in addition to rack-in addition to-pinion steering, with an Ordinary (Penny-Farthing) bicycle. As the first steel-framed production bicycle, the Ariel also featured steering in addition to patented spoked wheels, revolutionising the early transport industry. With the rapid development of vehicles within the 1890s in addition to early 1900s, Ariel advanced through De Dion-engined tricycles in addition to Quadricycles as well as motorcycles in a fast-changing industry. As a company of early Grand Prix cars Ariel was an entrant within the first-ever race at Brooklands in 1907, winning at the second event the following weekend. via the late 1900s, the company centred its attention on motorcycle production with occasional excursions into 4 wheel vehicles. Best known for the ground-breaking Ariel Square 4, multiple International Six Day Trial winning HT5 in addition to pressed steel frame Arrow, the company became one of the great names of the British motorcycle industry. Ariel was revived in 1999 with the launch of the Ariel Atom, featuring the currently famous exposed spaceframe powered by a Rover K Series engine. A major redesign in 2003 included the introduction of the Honda K20A Type R engine in addition to saw the start of Ariel’s relationship with Honda, which continued into the Ariel Ace motorbike in addition to Ariel Nomad. A constant development of the automobile saw the Atom 3 introduced in 2007, with the Honda K20Z Type R engine, in addition to the Atom 3.5 in 2013 with revised chassis in addition to suspension. Over 1800 Ariel Atoms have been made since the first production cars were delivered in 2000, doing Atom ownership an exclusive although growing club. As a forward-thinking company Ariel will continue to evolve the Atom, although the soul of the Atom will always be attainable, rewarding performance in addition to sheer driving pleasure.
The basis of Atom 4 is usually an all-completely new tubular chassis, designed in-house by the Ariel engineering in addition to design team, with much learning coming via the Titanium Chassis R&D project of 2014. Featuring larger diameter main in addition to diagonal tubes than previous Atoms, as well as many detailed additions, each tube within the chassis has been analysed in addition to optimised to give a light although extraordinarily strong structure. The torsional stiffness has been increased by 15% compared to the previous generation Atom 3.5.
The combination of sophisticated CAD (Computer Aided Design) in addition to FEA (Finite Element Analysis) design work resulting in a hand-made, bronze welded structure reflects Ariel’s approach to design in addition to manufacture, combining completely new technology with exceptional craftsmanship.
Said Tom Ward, Ariel’s Chief Engineer: “Redesigning an icon can be quite intimidating in addition to doing This particular with increasingly strict legislation plus Type Approval in mind is usually a big task for a modest company like ours. Our growing design in addition to engineering team forms 25% of the Ariel workforce so we are committed to doing Ariel absolute leaders in their field.”
The chassis gives more Inner surface space in addition to legroom than previously in addition to has been designed in addition to proven to well exceed the demands of a full frontal 50kph barrier impact, seat belt in addition to rear impact test. Forming a driver/passenger safety cell the Atom chassis offers the highest degree of protection in its class. Chassis are treated to a three-stage finishing process of phosphating, powder coating to colour choice in addition to powder coating lacquer.
At the heart of the Atom 4 is usually the completely new Honda Type R K20C 2.0L 4 cylinder direct injection, turbocharged engine. Building on the 15-year relationship with Honda UK with Honda power in Atom 2, Atom 3 in addition to Ariel Ace motorcycles, Ariel has signed a completely new agreement for engine supply with Honda. Said Simon Saunders: “The Honda agreement is usually critical for us in addition to our customers. The Type R engines have proven themselves in Atoms over time with dependable power in addition to absolutely faultless reliability, even under race conditions, so there genuinely is usually no better engine for the Atom.”
The 1996cc direct injection turbocharged engine, producing 320bhp as standard within the Atom – 10bhp more than the previous supercharged Atom – gives the Atom 4 more power than any previous standard design. An astonishing 420Nm of torque is usually a massive 75% increase over a standard Atom 3.5 in addition to a 35% increase over a supercharged Atom 3.5.
Mapped by Ariel using an MBE ECU (Electronic Control Unit) developed specifically for the automobile will allow the Atom 4 to meet Euro Vl emissions standards, a critical factor of the EUSSTA testing. Optional Launch in addition to Traction Control is usually a completely new feature built in to the electronics of Atom 4, derived via the Atom V8. Atom 4 also features the ability to adjust in addition to optimise turbo boost levels for different road in addition to track conditions.
An all-completely new exhaust system, again designed to meet EUSSTA standards as well as race track noise levels, features a ceramic honeycomb, high palladium/rhodium content catalytic converter, 3”/75mm diameter stainless system into a twin outlet, 8.4”/215mm stainless silencer. A high flow single outlet system is usually an option as is usually a de-cat system for use on the track.
A larger capacity fuel tank sits on the left-hand side of the automobile, improving range on road in addition to on track, giving a road range of some 300 miles.
Suspension in addition to Steering
Retaining the inboard, pushrod operated damper system the Atom 4 features all completely new suspension geometry. Based on 18 years of continual development via Ariel in addition to design input via suspension guru Richard Hurdwell, the completely new geometry includes revised inboard in addition to outboard points plus anti-squat in addition to anti-dive to reduce unnecessary Centeng roll in addition to weight transfer, keeping as much tyre contact as possible at all times. All completely new Bilstein dampers sit inboard operated by pushrods via completely new geometry bellcranks, with an optional semi-active Ohlins package under development for production.
Revised steering rack in addition to geometry give the completely new Atom accessibility for all types of drivers under all driving conditions, with the option of a quick rack for track-focussed cars. “This particular’s important which the Atom not only handles superbly although has ultimate driveability,” said Sam Evans, engineer in charge of Atom suspension development. “On Atom 4 we have gone to enormous lengths to ensure the automobile is usually as easy to drive on the road as This particular is usually fast on a race track.”
An improved upon turning circle has also been achieved with the completely new suspension in addition to steering rack geometry to aid town driving in addition to parking.
Wheels in addition to Tyres
Moving up in size the Atom 4 sits on 7Jx16” front wheels in addition to 9Jx17” rear wheels. Multi-spoke alloy wheels are standard fitment although, in a first for Ariel, the Atom 4 has the option of full carbon wheels. These represent a weight saving of nearly 50% over an alloy wheel in addition to a total reduction of over 16 kilos. The wheels, made to Ariel specification by BST in Johannesburg (who also make the carbon wheels for the Ariel Ace), significantly reduce unsprung weight together with completely new aluminium uprights, which alone give a 50% weight saving over the previous car.
Tyres are 195/50R16 front in addition to 255/40ZR17 rear. In a completely new exclusive partnership with Avon Tyres the Atom will be fitted with high performance Avon ZZR tyres. With recent adjustments in tyre law in addition to noise This particular is usually important which the highest performing tyres are available to the Atom. The combination of completely new suspension in addition to larger section Avon tyres contribute to the Atom 4 having more mechanical grip than any previous Atom. Not only is usually straight line performance improved upon for the Atom 4 although cornering speed moves to another level also.
The all-completely new standard braking system increases in size, due to the higher power of Atom 4, with 278mm vented discs in addition to cast two-piston caliper on the front with 253mm discs on the rear in addition to integrated hand brake caliper. An optional upgrade is usually to a full AP Racing configuration of 290mm vented discs front in addition to rear with alloy 4 piston calipers. A variety of brake pads are available dependent on the use of the automobile. An all-aluminium pedal box with brake, clutch in addition to throttle pedal is usually supplemented by the optional cockpit adjustable brake bias. Goodridge stainless hose for both brake in addition to clutch hydraulic systems is usually standard fitment.
The Atom 4 features an all-completely new look in addition to while recognisably an Atom, every panel on the automobile is usually completely new. One of the fundamental design principles on Atom 4 was aerodynamic improvement, control of airflow in addition to overall balance of the automobile. Working in partnership with TotalSim, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) experts in Brackley, in addition to in keeping with the original Ariel ‘Form Follows Function’ philosophy, major aerodynamic improvements have been made in every area of the automobile. Drag has been reduced, downforce increased in addition to mass flow rate to radiator, intercooler in addition to air intakes greatly increased. A shift in aero-balance has been achieved to give neutral handling in addition to more precise control at the limit.
Immediately noticeable is usually the disappearance of the familiar central Atom roll hoop, currently enclosed under the air intake bodywork, which itself has been reduced in size. This particular has greatly improved upon air passing over the rear bodywork in addition to controls air speed going through the ram-air system. Similarly, the completely new nose cone has smaller openings in addition to internal ducting to reduce drag in addition to decelerate air speed, maximising efficiency through the front mounted radiator. The intercooler mounted behind the tub, in a low pressure area, keeps the unit close to the engine in addition to is usually also supplied with air via under the automobile, optimising cooling efficiency.
The trademark Atom ‘aero screen’ has been further refined in addition to currently reaches all the way across the automobile, reducing ‘helmet lift’ for the occupants, directing air to the engine intake in addition to, with just This particular aero fence, generating 100 Newtons of downforce. The mudguards on all four wheels also feature an aero device to give downforce directly to tyres negating any lift via mudguards.
Ralph Tayler-Webb, Chief Designer at Ariel said: “The aerodynamics on the Atom 4 have been an epic journey with literally hundreds, if not thousands, of iterations backwards in addition to forwards between us in addition to TotalSim. Keeping the Atom true to its roots although doing such big strides with the aero has been a long haul, although This particular has paid off. Atom 4 is usually a highly-sophisticated design which has improved upon the performance in many different ways in addition to on quite a few levels.”
Bodywork will be available in full carbon for many of the Centeng parts, reinforcing the ‘Less = More’ Ariel philosophy of performance through lightweight.
external in addition to Inner surface
All external lighting has been revised with LED indicators, stop/tail/fog in addition to reverse lights, daytime running lamps in addition to high performance halogen headlights to conform to EUSSTA regulations. Ambient light sensors allow auto light functionality.
Additional storage space has been included under the removable front Centeng cover, extending the cubby box, together with access to the completely new hydraulic system. Individually adjustable single seats replace the twin seat unit of previous Atoms in addition to a comprehensive study into ergonomics has subtly repositioned pedals, steering wheel in addition to instruments. Already a comfortable space for most drivers, yet another 50mm of cabin length in addition to 20mm width has been added to accommodate the very widest range of users.
The completely new switch cluster, again designed to EUSSTA standards, features all controls within finger reach of the 310mm suede steering wheel including lighting, indicators, adjustable traction in addition to launch controls. The central instruments, with full colour TFT (Thin-Film-Transistor) screen made for the Atom 4 by AIM, can be scrolled through multiple menus for road, track or set up use. The instruments also have gear position in addition to shift lights as standard plus provision for real time race track data-logging. Using the AIM PDM (Power Distribution Management) system, communicating directly with the ECU via CAN (Controller Area Network), the vehicle wiring harness in addition to fuse box have been simplified in addition to therefore light-weighted.
Performance in addition to cost
Atom 4 will be priced at £39,975 including VAT within the UK (£33,312.50 ex VAT). Said Tom Siebert: “We want to keep the Atom as an affordable although ultimate performance car. The cost of the Atom 4 compares using a supercharged Atom 3.5, although This particular has more power in addition to a higher specification as standard. Over the 18 years which we have been doing the Atom This particular has proved itself with extraordinarily low running costs in addition to phenomenal reliability, even when used hard on track.
“This particular coupled with truly remarkable residuals makes the Atom not only cost effective to own although almost depreciation free. although our main aim for our customers is usually our company motto – SERIOUS FUN. There isn’t enough of which in motoring any more, so we’re determined to keep This particular. If which’s what you want, Atom 4 will deliver.”
Atom 4 production will commence in late 2018, for Spring 2019 deliveries.