Ariel - 3.5R Price: from £64,800
Last Updated On: 24/07/2017
The Atom 3.5R is the latest version of Ariel's extreme sports car and is a more powerful, track-focused version of the current 3.5. Powered by a tuned 2.0 litre Honda iVTEC engine found in the current Civic Type R, the 3.5R also features a six-speed sequential gearbox, suspension upgrades and new bodywork.
Ariel has been supercharging this Honda engine for ten years now, with power from its latest model up to 350bhp and 330Nm of torque. Driven by the rear wheels, power is put down by a new Sadev six-speed sequential race gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddles. Clutchless upshifts take less than 40 milliseconds and downshifts less than 50 milliseconds, with the 3.5R capable of five downshifts in less than one second.
Combined with the featherweight 550KG body, the 3.5R dispatches 0-60mph (97km/h) in just 2.6 seconds and 0-100mph (161km/h) in 6.0 seconds dead. An adjustable limited slip differential is also available for customers to tailor their cars to suit individual driving preferences.
Upgrades continue with the supsension setup too, with the 3.5R fitted as standard with Ohlins dampers. Customers can also spec road, track or race spriings to optimise performance. Ariel's tailor-made approach doesn't stop there, with buyers also able to specify different bodywork, wheels, tyres, brakes plus various road, track and racing components.
An Ariel developed remote oil cooler system and charge cooler are also housed on either side of the 3.5R in optional side pods (see image 6), which help air flow and engine temperatures even under hard track use..