The Ariel brand dates back to the nineteenth century (year 1870) when the first bicycle, Ariel Ordinary, with a 48 inch wheel was produced. It was entirely made of steel, thus, light and innovative. After the bicycle, time came for quadricycles (with three bicycle wheels) equipped with an engine; then motorcycles and, eventually, cars or ‘four-wheeled motorcycles’ as some call them.
One of the most recognisable models of Ariel is Atom, a high performance sports vehicle, the origin of which lies in Coventry University where a transport design student developed a project of the Lightweight Sports Car in 1996. The idea was given a financial support from the automotive industry and, as a result, the first Atom was demonstrated in October the same year. Ariel Atom remains the world’s first car without a roof or body components (exoskeleton) to go on roads.
Who Drives Ariel Cars
Ariel is for those who are eager to experience high speeds and wind in their hair, especially when driving contemporary Atoms with Honda engines equipped with a 6-speed transmission. Due to Ariel cars being very lightweight, the cars are extremely fast and will give anybody a chilly experience on the road. It is almost like driving a Formula 1 open cockpit car but on common access roads. Another advantage for car engineering enthusiasts is the possibility to watch and admire engine components in action.
Rarity & Exclusivity
Ariel creations are very rare. Atom 3 Mugen was a limited edition with an increased power of 270 bhp and top speed of 150 mph. The model production in this particular configuration included just 10 units. As for the Ariel Atom 500 V8, there were only 25 pieces produced which also means each of them is an icing on the cake for collectors.