Ariel Atom 4 debuts with Honda Civic Type R power

The Honda Civic Type R is a fast car. Now just imagine dropping its engine into a lightweight machine resembling a cage on wheels.

Well, that’s exactly what British firm Ariel has done for the fourth generation of its Atom roadster.

Unveiled on Wednesday, the Atom 4 has been designed from the ground up with a new chassis, new body, new aerodynamic elements, and of course that new engine.

“The Atom 4 is the biggest change to the [Atom] since we originally released it in 1999,” Ariel boss Simon Saunders said. “It really is an all-new car; in fact there are only three parts carried over from the last Atom: the clutch/brake pedals and the fuel cap.”