Autocar New Ariel Atom 3.5 revealed

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    Atom FR 34 Dr A. A host of chassis and design tweaks has improved the Ariel's road and track abilities The Ariel Atom 3 has been updated with a chassis derived from the V8 and Mugen editions to improve stiffness and torsional rigidity.
    Ariel claim revised engine mounts and new dampers work with the improved chassis to give a more compliant on-road ride and better balance and traction on track.
    Ariel calls the updated car the Atom 3.5 and has further sharpened the lightweight sports car with a new digital LCD dashboard display with gear-shift lights, a restyled bonnet, twin projector headlamps and LED turn, stop and tail lights. A data logger can be added to the driver’s display to show lap times and G force.
    The normally aspirated 2.0-litre Honda i-VTEC engine is unchanged in 245bhp tune, while the supercharged version has had an increase to 310bhp – up from 300bhp – afforded by changes to the intake, mapping and fuel system. More mid range power is the result.
    The Atom options list is also lengthened and Ariel says each customer can tailor their car for their individual needs.
    Simon Saunders, director of Ariel said: “Whether it’s a fast road car, the ultimate track-day weapon, a fun weekend car or a combination of all three, we can make a car that is personal and individual to that particular customer”.