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6 Oct 2014

Ariel Motors has unveiled their latest version of the Atom ahead of the public reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. Set to be a halfway house between the regular Atom 3.5 and the insane Atom V8, the 3.5R gets a whole host of upgrades.

The Atom may look crazy, but it’s all about the drivetrain and handling. For this, Ariel has uprated the Supercharged 2.0 litre 4-cyl engine from the Civic Type-R to a power output of 350 bhp, mated to a new Sadev six-speed paddle-shift gearbox.

“We’ve seen a growing demand for paddleshift cars over the past year or so,” said Ariel Motors’ Simon Saunders. “One of the big successes of the Atom V8 was its paddleshift. People who drove it were impressed with the speed and ease of gearchanging, and felt it particularly suited the Atom’s character. We’re reacting to that.

“For the 3.5R we’re using a Sadev six-speed gearbox, not exactly the one we used for the Atom V8 but similar, with the same Geartronic control mechanism. We’ve just finished our track testing, and all indications are it’s very quick indeed. At a recent Donington test day we were passing everything down the straights and through corners, including slick-shod touring cars.”

Visually the Atom 3.5R gets the aero kit seen on the V8 comprising large carbon front and rear spoilers and sidepods to house the intercoolers.

Performance isn’t confirmed, but expect an improvement on the 3.5’s performance given the extra power, quicker gearbox and same 550 kg weight.

Deliveries start in the summer and the Atom 3.5R will cost £80,000.