Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ariel | posted July 07, 2016 14:56
Honda's hybrid tech to make its way in the Ariel Atom
As Honda gets underway in electrifying their model lineup, the VTEC-powered Ariel Atom may soon be available with a hybrid powertrain.
Speaking to AutoCar UK, Ariel boss Simon Saunders stated that they will gladly oblige in making the Atom available as a hybrid. It won't just be any run-of-the-mill system as Ariel still wants a very potent powertrain that has sporting performance.
Saunders is even interested in getting hybrid technology derived from the all-new NSX though he stated that it may be too expensive for the Atom at the moment.
“The technology in the NSX is cutting-edge and expensive, but it will work its way down the food chain to the hot hatches. At that point, it becomes achievable for us to use in the Atom,” said Saunders.
With Honda striving for improved emissions, Saunders is hoping that it won't affect their future models as they still want to get maximum performance from each engine. In time, there could also be an all-electric Atom which the company will need to get on with the times added Saunders.
Currently, the Ariel Atom is powered by tuned K20 and K24 i-VTEC engines sourced from Honda. Naturally-aspirated variants put out between 230 and 245 PS while supercharged variants are capable of cranking out between 310 and 360 PS.