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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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 VS Ferrari
Playing around getting some footage of Kevin's nice 430 at shannonville
track day (MR2 club track day). You can't really tell until near the end,
but the Atom's much faster.
Better to get footage than just pass that big red exotic :).
Ariel Atom(ic) Reaction
First time in an Atom
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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.
Ariel Atom Nurburgring Nordschleife
Fourth lap of the Nordschleife, I clocked the time to be 9:12 which is
slow, but there were three Yellow flags to slow down for so I think a more
respectable 8:12 would have been possible. Looking back at the video it's
easy to say should have been flat out in several areas, we touch 130mph in
place. But unless you have driven this track and know where the bends go
after blind corners you need more than 4 laps to know your way around! So I
was happier to back off have a slower time and still be able to drive the
car back to the UK and not be on a tow truck.
Prestwold Lamborghini Driving Experience
My younger brother driving a Lamborghini Gallardo at Prestwold Driving
Centre. The junior drivers were also limited to speeds of around 80-90mph
during the experience.