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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Radical RXC: The World's Most Extreme Street Legal Coupe - XCAR
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Radical can hardly be considered sane at the best of times, but with the
RXC they've taken their name quite literally and gone a few thousand steps
further than ever before. Known for putting Superbike engines in light
chassis to create a killer track car combination (The SR3 being their
flagship model), with the RXC this is the first car they've designed from
the ground up to be both for the road and track. They've dubbed it the
'world's most extreme road-legal coupe'. It's hard to argue with that.
Powered by a 3.7 litre V6 Ford engine found in the new Mustang, it produces 380 bhp with
320lb ft of torque. Unlike the new Mustang, however, it weighs only
900kg, meaning it has 422bhp per ton. It's also capable of producing up to
900kg of downforce, the same as the cars weight. Again - road legal. Did we
mention that already?
As unbelievable as all this may be, Radical's LMP1 inspired car has
finished its track development and just begun testing on the road, and XCAR
were lucky enough to be the first ever to see the RXC take its first
journey. We witnessed it in action on country lanes, A roads and saw the
reaction it got filling up at a service station. We even managed to eat a
service station sandwich inside it, most probably another world first.
Needless to say, we were awestruck by the presence of the thing. The noise,
the speed, the looks. It's certainly striking, and with the promise of it
being a progressive handling driver's car in the same vein as the SR3, we
can't wait until its finished and we can test it on the road and track. All
signs point to it being equally at home on both.
Words/Presented by: Nick Wilkinson
Shot by: Ben Scott/Nick Wilkinson
Edit by: Nick Wilkinson
ChaseCam: Nurburgring Production car record Radical SR8
Produced for EVO magazine. Enjoy a lap of the famous Ring in 6.48 driven by
Michael Vergers filmed using a ChaseCam solid state digital recorder
combined with Dashware to convert the datalogger information into graphics
on screen. In this case we customised the graphic package to include the
Radical brand and our own ChaseCam brand, offering publishing houses and
production companies the ability to commercialise onboard video and at the
same time making it more engaging to watch. Dashware is fully customisable
with a large variety of dial packs available.
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Ferrari-Lambo and Atom
My brother's Ferrari and Lamborghini experience at Elvington. Also
includes my sister in the Ariel Atom.
Caparo T1 car review - Top Gear - BBC
Jeremy gets behind the wheel of the insanely fast Caparo T1. With its
advanced carbon fibre construction, the Caparo has twice the
power-to-weight ratio of the Bugatti Veyron. Can it dislodge the
Koenigsegg off the top of the power lap board? Jeremy wisely lets the Stig
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Radical SR8 LM Brutal Loud Sound!!
I have filmed a friend's Radical RS8 LM being tested at the Monza
racetrack. Actually, it's the fastest road legal car at the Nurburgring
track with a lap time of 6:48. The video shows many accelerations and very
high speed fly bys with also a little backfire. In the main straight the
top speed they reached was 302km/h.
My ride in a Radical SR3:
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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.
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 :).