Back in January, Chris Harris took to the track in, what looked like, an old Ariel Atom. Except it wasn’t an old Ariel Atom. It was the all-new Ariel Atom 4. So here he is, finding out just how ‘new’ said Ariel Atom 4 really is.Want to see more from Series 28? It’s available on iPlayer right now in the UK: Series 28: The Online Geneva Motor Show: First Look: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.
here it is the atom for a new from the ground up design that looks completely and utterly exactly the same as before it’s identical but genuinely this is an all-new car the only bits carried over from the old atom brake pedal clutch pedal fuel filler cap that’s your lot everything else shiny new apparently but get behind the wheel and you’ll quickly discover the changes are significant although it has to be said at first glance they’re also a bit worried for your legs via feet you can even dial the engine down for more relaxed driving a car without a windscreen dog in fact any body work whatsoever if you want comfort double travel pillars there is one important change though that’s far more welcome behind me is a new engine taken from the Honda Civic type-r hot hatchback which when you wind the dial back to where it should be makes 320 horsepower and which when you put your foot down helps the atom sorry bet they leave us you get the end of a straight slightly younger than when you started Wow against the heart going like a triple espresso with a defibrillator chaser not that atoms have ever struggled to get the ticker ticking what they have sometimes struggle with is the whole going round corners thing Monastery on Tori we’re doing now as he disrespected our moving displayed its proud of his components a lover and when you’ve had enough of nimbly carving up corners happily played a delinquent whoa rawrr experience everything’s flying a the scenery can’t get it up with it it’s so extreme the new atom then really is an incredible thing to drive but what’s less clear is if it’s something you’d actually want to earn brilliant though it is this is a car that does say something about its driver specifically crippling midlife crisis just below that I was too scared to buy a motorcycle and then there’s the price the atom starts at around 40 grand which does seem like an awful lot of money for a plan of ironmongery with a Honda engine mind you and no floor mats but looking in another way this is a car that will annihilate any supercar on the right Road in truth it’s a bit of a bargain but it’s also more than that it’s life-affirming honestly if the state of the world’s ever getting you down forget meditation digital detox a quick spin in one of these sort you right out you