by Adam Yamada-Hanff
Have you always wanted to buy an Ariel Atom? Have you always dreamed of outrunning the cops in one? Well, hate to break this news if you live in the UK the police force in Somerset Constabulary have just acquired a one-off Police Ariel Atom.
This Ariel Atom PL is based off the Ariel Atom 3.5 R which has a supped-up turbo Honda engine that produces 350 horsepower. Compared to the standard Ariel Atom which produces a measley 245bhp. Keep in mind the Ariel curb weight is only 1,350 lbs so the power-to-weight ratio is ridiculous. The Ariel Atom PL rockets from 0-62mph in 2.6 seconds. If you are reading this and don't like cars or numbers basically this means nobody can outrun these cops! 🙂
To my understanding the Ariel Atom PL is the fastest police car that has been issued in the world. While there is the LAPD Lamborghini Gallardo and the Dubai Police have the Lamborghini Aventador, the Atom is fastest than both of these Lambos.
The PL comes equipped with functioning sirens, lights, and a paint job that lets you know the deal. The Ariel Atom PL was a collaboration with Ariel to raise awareness about motorcycle safety. The Somerset based Safe Rider campaign tries to get motorcyclists to be aware of the dangers out on the road. Ariel is planning to launch a motorcycle later this year apparently.
“We're just about to launch an all new Ariel motorcycle and we want our bikes and customers to be as safe as they possibly can be as well, so this message is important to us. There’s always one certain loser in a motorcycle collision and that’s the motorcyclist.” commented Simon Saunders, Ariel's company director.
“Our business is about going fast, very fast, but there is a time and a place,” said Sanders. “The Atom is designed to be driven to a race track, where you can drive to your limits in safety and in a professional environment designed for the purpose. The road really isn’t the place to explore your or your vehicle’s limits.”
Is this a great marketing ploy for the British Police or really about motorcycle safety? I'm sure thousands of young British petrolheads are asking themselves the same question, “I wonder if Somerset Police are accepting applications?”
We think the Ariel Atom Police Car is the coolest cop car ever. Have an opinion, let us know below.
[Source – AutoExpress]