Specialty carmaker Ariel has slightly revised its Atom 3 barebones offering. It has changed the name accordingly, with the upgraded version now dubbed Atom 3.5.
The chassis has been stiffened up thanks to the same components found on the V8 and Mugen versions of the vehicle. The engine now sits on different mounts while the shocks have been retuned to take advantage of the stiffer chassis and provide a better ride on the road, AutoCar reported.
While the standard Honda 2.0-liter engine remains the same and makes 245 horsepower, as before, the supercharged variant gets a new intake, mapping, and fuel system that result in more mid-range power and a 10-horsepower bump in peak power, now at 310-horsepower.
Inside, the driver will get a fresh digital LCD dashboard display with gear-shift lights. A data logger will be offered as an option and display lap times and G-forces.
From the outside, the Atom 3.5 gets a new hood, headlamps housing twin projectors and LED turn, stop, and taillights.
The options list also grows on 3.5 to let owners customize their cars as they wish, making the car more suitable for road or track use, or as a compromise for something in-between.