Ariel Atom V8 vs 600bhp rallycross Citroen DS3 vs BMW HP4 superbike drag race - autocar.co.uk
Which is faster? An Ariel Atom V8
track day toy, BMW HP4 superbike or a rallycross Citroen DS3 with 600bhp?
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Here we have three completely different ways of going extremely quickly in
a straight line. Time for a drag race then. So what are the contenders?
There's the one-wheel drive BMW HP4 superbike, which arguably requires the
most skill to extract speed from but has a ludicrous 757bhp/tonne
power-to-weight ratio. Then there's the two-wheel drive Ariel Atom V8 with
748bhp/tonne and the Citroen DS3 Rallycross car with only 577bhp/tonne but
all-important four-wheel drive. Oh, and did we mention it's wet?
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Nissan GTR Everyman Driving Experience at Prestwold Hall
Nissan GTR Everyman Driving Experience at Prestwold Hall. Got 5 laps
instead of the usual 4 because the Porsche Carrera wouldn't move out of the
way even after lots of light flashing.
I managed to get it upto 117mph after the Porsche had moved! What a
fantastic car with superb handling. I preferred this over the Lamborghini
LP560-4 I got to drive on the same track.
Driving a Lamborghini Gallardo at Prestwold Hall - Everyman Driving Experience
Me, Driving a Lamborghini Gallardo at Prestwold Hall 8th Oct 09. This was
the second car I drove on the track that day (first was the Ferrari 575) I
then drove the Aston Martin Vantage and the Porsche 997.
I must say for anyone considering doing this track day, or giving it as a
present - DO IT!!
Its totally different to the other cars. This feels like a 'super car',
whereas the others felt more like top end road cars. The tiptronic system
is a lot more responsive than the Ferarri's, the steering is precise and
responsive and you can really feel the 500bhp, this car literally sticks to
the track (in the dry at least)!
If I get a chance to do it again, I'll be doing 12 laps in just the
Lamborghini (btw if you had the Lambo as your last car, I recon you could
get some seriously fast lap times)!! I found it the easiest to drive, but
it depends on what you're looking for - the two guys on my team preferred
the Vantage and the 977 and found the Lambo quite difficult to drive.
Whatever the case the Lamborghini is a lovely beast to be respected,
cherished and driven like a bull out if its pen :0)
Ariel Atom w/ Supercharger (400+ bhp) Launch control + afterburn !! - 1080p HD
During the Grand Prix of Middelharnis I have recorded this amazing Ariel
Atom. It is based on a normal Ariel Atom, but this one is fitted with a
Rotrex Supercharger. The engine is
coming from a Honda 2.0L Type R. This gives the Ariel Atom more then 400
bhp! As you can see in this video, the Exhaust sound is more louder and it even gives
the car an afterburn.
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Ariel Atom Driving Experience
Ariel Atom Driving Experience at Prestwold Hall.
This is the sixth driving experience that I've done and probably the most
enjoyable. The Arial Atom is a fantastic car to drive and circuit was like
a smaller version of the old Monza circuit. It's just a shame that the
track went from damp to wet during my time in the car and you weren't
allowed to use the gears once you were in 6th gear.
Prestwold Hall is a purpose built venue specifically for driving
experiences. As well as a 1.8 mile track with fast straights and high speed
corners, it also has a shorter Southern Circuit, 2 rally stages (tarmac and
gravel) & a 4x4 off road track.The fleet at Prestwold Hall consists of
Nissan GTR, Porsche 996, Ferrari 360, Lamborghini Gallardo, Aston Martin
Vantage V8, Aston Martin DB9, Audi R8, Subaru Impreza, Mitsubishi Evolution
and Van Diemen single seater.Prestwold Hall has it all, perfect for
corporate activities and can even provide first class meeting rooms and
catering if entertaining special clients.
Aston Martin DB9 Driving Experience Prestwold Hall
This was bought for me as a present for my 40th birthday last year. It was
absolutely awesome and would highly recommend anyone to have a go.
Prestwold Hall is an exceptional driving activity location with a unique
combination of its own high-speed racetrack and rally stages, both gravel
and tarmac, and outstanding facilities.
The purpose-built racetrack is 1.8miles long and 10 metres wide, it boasts
long fast straights, high-speed corners, a demanding chicane and, very
importantly, wide run-offs. A superb venue to host the Ferrari and
Lamborghini Thrills, Supercar Challenge, Mini Mayhem and Rally Experiences.