2012 Ariel Atom 3 - Originally built by TMI in the US
Fantastic Spec Car:
- Left Hand Drive
- Black frame / red panels
- N/A Honda K24Z7 (235bhp) engine (as per all new build Atoms / Nomads)
- 6 speed manual transmission
- Limited Slip Diff
- Wilwood Dynalite ‘Track’ spec brakes (front and rear)
- Carbon front and rear light pod covers
- Sabelt 2’’ Harnesses with new pads
- 6 point welded roll hoop
- Stainless steel exhaust
- Aluminium Radiator (spec’d as for use in hot climates)
Plus the following new parts / upgrades in July 2017 (done by the Ariel (UK) factory)
- Alcon handbrake kit
- New air filter
- 4 year service (all fluids changed and whole car checked)
- New OSF wheel bearing
- New brake master cylinders and hoses
- New coolant hose (expansion tank to engine)
- Latest UK ECU mapping (Hondata)
- 3.5 Steering upgrade
- 4 wheel alignment
- 16’’ rear wheel upgrade (2 new wheels, mudguards and stays)
- 4 new Yokohama A048 tyres (now done around 500 miles)
I also added a custom 3 phase shift light, a Clubman fire extinguisher (plumbed in) and some padding to the seat backs
Earlier this year I bought this as an Atom that was not yet UK road registered (in fact it was never registered anywhere for road use) and have just completed going through the motions to make it fully road legal. (First registered July 2017)
I now (with huge disappointment) need to sell it to help fund works on our house.
The car has an interesting history, as it was originally used by Williams F1's Advanced Engineering department for a project commissioned by Nissan. The project involved buying two Atoms, using one as a nigh-on factory spec reference car and one as a development mule / PoC for the Nissan Bladeglider narrow front track configuration. This was with was the reference (un-modified) car. I say unmodified, however both cars has a fairly substantial roll cage welded to the original chassis / frame. Presumably as the narrow-track car may have needed it, and the reference car needed one to make the comparison fair. The front section of the 'cage has now been removed, leaving only the rear roll-hoop. Google "Ariel Atom Bladeglider" and a few link will come up.
The car went through the UK IVA test on the 10th of July 2017 in order be eligible for road registration. In case you are not familiar with an IVA, it’s essentially a very, very thorough MOT. It passed the IVA first time, with no concerns. I also had to put the car through an MOT separately to satisfy the DVLA, which on the 25th of August. It also passed that with no advisories, as you might expect.
Prior to the IVA, the guys at the Ariel Factory went over the car top to bottom to ensure everything was in tip top shape. Aside from the above, they re-routed a few cables, wiring and brought everything up to current spec where required.
I can arrange transporting the car to anywhere, at cost price (given that this a great spec for anyone in Europe).