8 May
California-based affordable supercar based on the Ariel Atom

Many high performance cars are built upon the framework of America’s Greatest Sports Car, the Corvette Chevrolet. But Californian Fardees Rezvani has a different plan — he wants to build his performance car around the framework of Britain’s Greatest Track Car: the Ariel Atom. Using the Ariel’s open-wheel lightweight frame, Rezvani is wrapping his aptly named Rezvani Beast with jaw-dropping carbon fiber panels that give it a unique exterior package highlighted by dagger-like headlamps. He’s also wisely taking the Ariel’s engine — a 2.4-liter four-banger that’s both supercharged and turbocharged to generate 500 bhp. That’s good enough for a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds. This blazing acceleration — quicker than the Lamborghini Veneno, Ferrari F12berlinetta and McLaren MP4-12C — is largely thanks to the ultra-lightweight construction that feathers in at a Kate Moss-like 1,550 lbs. (The Ariels’s 6-speed transmission doesn’t hurt, either.) There’s also a more sedate 315bhp “300” model powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter that claims a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds, but why bother? Like the Ariel Atom, the Beast’s windshield is strictly an option — apparently one for pampered poncy lads who mind picking bugs out of their teeth. The American-made Rezvani Beast will start at $99,500, with the goal of selling about 10 per year.


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