$50K Car That Does 0-60 in 2 Seconds!

If you're as interested as I am in the science of making cool cars, you'll enjoy watching this awesome video demonstration of the Ariel Atom 2, a two-seater that looks and runs like a race car, yet is made for consumer use.

Minimal bodywork, coupled with a supercharged Honda Civic type R engine, allow drivers to accelerate from 0-60 mph in two seconds, and that depends on your ability to shift gears fast enough!

If you can't imagine how fast this car really goes, look at the face of the gentleman test-driving the Ariel Atom 2 (in the accompanying photo to the right), set to debut in America this year. Without a windshield, you can see what G forces and the wind do to the driver's face as he accelerates down a closed racetrack.

Because of its superior ability to make turns, the Ariel Atom 2 more than holds its own in a race with a Honda CVR 600 motorcycle.

YouTube.com April 5, 2006

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