The Ariel Atom 500 is a high-performance lightweight sports car made by the Ariel Motor Company. It boasts a 32-valve 3.0L V8 engine made from two engines of the Suzuki GSX1300R and differs from other Atom variants by the addition of spoilers and a unique paint job.
It was put in a limited production run of 25 units. The Atom 500 has also appeared in the Top Gear TV series with a time of 1:15.1 around the Top Gear Test Track.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
It was announced during an interview at the 2012 E3, that the Ariel Atom will be featured in Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012). On October 3rd, 2012, a screenshot featuring the car was released.
The Atom appears in the final release as a Race classed car. It can be found in various Jack Spots and is available from start in multiplayer.
Because of a low mass, the Atom is capable of accelerating quicker than any car in the Race class and larger cars from other classes including the Lamborghini Aventador. The Atom has a responsive handling and is useful for drifting but can be difficult to control at high speeds.