Future Ariel Atom models may be hybrid or even all-electric.
The head of Ariel, Simon Saunders, recently spoke to Autocar about next-generation Atom models and how the British automaker plans to keep up with changing times. Saunders confirmed in the past that Ariel had investigated the possibility of using hybrid powertrains from Honda, but discovered that none were powerful enough, until now.
With the introduction of the NSX and it’s new hybrid setup, Ariel sees possibilities for its small track terror. Saunders also believes that the powertrain will become more affordable once Honda adopts the technology throughout its range of vehicles.
“The technology in the NSX is cutting-edge and expensive, but it will work its way down the food chain to the hot hatches,” he said. “At that point, it becomes achievable for us to use in the Atom.”
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Considering the Ariel Atom isn’t your traditional road-going sports car, it’s no surprise that the company focuses on getting maximum performance from its powertrain. Honda’s previous hybrid powertrains on the other hand, focused on fuel economy and emissions, two concerns that aren’t high priority for Ariel.
Ironically, Saunders wouldn’t rule out the possibility of an all-electric Ariel Atom in the future, saying that he thinks the Atom “will move with the times.”
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