From a 48″ wheel ‘penny farthing’ bicycle with the first and patented spoked wheel in 1870 to the iconic vehicles of today, Ariel have always put design and innovation at the forefront of development. Synonymous with the history of the motor industry from the very first days of transport, Ariel now thrive as manufacturers of unique as well as the fastest and most interesting vehicles in the world. From bicycle to motorcycle, from quadricycle to sports car, Ariel remain unique. A 150 year old heritage with a truly 21st Century focus.
Today, the Ariel Atom is an extremely light, high performance car, powered by a Honda Civic Type-R engine and gearbox. It is the world’s first road-going exoskeletal car; has no bodywork or roof, and is built entirely around the tube chassis, making it weigh less than 500 kg (1,102 lb). This means that the latest model, the Ariel Atom 3.5R supercharged model has a power-to-weight ratio of around 700 bhp (520 kW) per tonne.
Each Ariel is built by one technician who carries the assembly right through to road test and personal sign off. Only when he’s happy will he put his name on it.