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The Ariel Atom – Unbelievable Performance October 28, 2006

Posted by Unreasonable in Matters Technological.
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0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Starting at $36,000 US. The video gets off to a slow start, but stick with it. It’s worth the wait:

$36k only buys you a 150 HP power plant. The car in the video has a 300 HP engine and only weighs about 1200 lbs. For that, you’ll need to fork over around $48,000. I’d suggest spending another $250 for a good helmet. They will be manufactured by Brammo Motorsports in the US.

As if this weren’t cool enough already, Ian Wright put an electric motor in an Atom and called it the Wrightspeed X1. Acceleration is similar for the electric and gas versions. The gas version gets about 25 mpg. The electric version should be about 3 times as efficient. Here’s a video of the Wrightspeed walloping a Modena and a Carrera GT. You can’t buy a Wrightspeed X1 because its a concept car. The build cost was about $150,000.

I still like the Tesla Roadster better. It has a smoother suspension, a roof, a windshield, A/C, heated seats, and you can actually buy one. They sold the 200th one last week (anticipated delivery date is Fall 07).

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