Ariel Atom - Best track day cars

Ariel Atom
Credits: Otis Clay
10 Jan, 2019 12:00pm

Price: £30,596 

Powered by a mid-mounted Honda Civic engine, the Atom feels like a big go-kart due to its exposed skeletal chassis. It’s an absolute hoot on a track day; just don’t forget a helmet and waterproofs. 

It's an Atom that’s guaranteed to split opinion! In the quest for added usability, the skeletal track car has gained a windscreen over the years, so now there’s no need to wear shatterproof goggles or a crash helmet every time you pop to the shops! 

Ariel Atom review

Want to drive your car on a racing circuit? Undo three bolts and the windscreen lifts off, along with the wiper motor and washer bottle, all in one movement. 

Sitting low in the thin plastic seats, buffeting is reduced around the driver’s head, but the lack of bodywork means it’s as draughty as ever once the pace quickens. The surprise is that despite its aftermarket conception, the screen has been integrated seamlessly into the styling. 

In fact, the overall build quality is a notch above a Caterham. Simon Saunders, founder of the firm, is a former employee of Aston Martin, and it shows in the attention to detail. Touches like the tachometer needle glowing red as you approach the limiter, and the uncluttered footwell and dash, are an unexpected surprise.

Best track day cars 2019

  1. 1. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  2. 2. Caterham Seven 160
  3. 3. Ferrari 488 Pista
  4. 4. McLaren Senna
  5. 5. Lamborghini Huracan Performante
  6. 6. McLaren 570S Track Pack
  7. 7. Porsche Cayman GTS
  8. 8. Honda Civic Type R 
  9. 9. Hyundai i30 N
  10. 10. Ariel Atom