It’s only natural that a company will want to commemorate the anniversary of its most successful vehicles. That is exactly what Ariel did in 2010, when it celebrated the tenth year since the release of the first model of the highly successful Atom series.
What did the company do? It announced a limited edition model set to pay tribute to the first Ariel Atom, which launched in 2000. The new model, called the Atom Mugen, was the result of collaboration between Mugen and Ariel.
Atom Mugen has, under its hood, a normally aspirated Honda K20Z Type R engine. This is consistent with Ariel’s preference for Honda’s Type R engines, which it used since the release of the Atom 3 in 2007. Mugen Euro’s branch in the United Kingdom will be responsible for tuning the Atom Mugen’s K20Z Type R engine in order to bring the engine to its full capability in the racetrack, which was where the development of the Atom Mugen was focused.
Mugen has an excellent track record in tuning up engines specifically for the race track. Pursuing that mission since 1973, Mugen has since assisted several winning race cars and their drivers in various racing events across the globe. Formula 1 is not exempt from Mugen’s extraordinary tuning capabilities.
Now, with Mugen pairing with Ariel for the Ariel Atom Mugen, what results is a race car that’s on a totally whole new level! The collaboration succeeded in bringing out 270bhp of power from the Type R engine. Combined with the legendary handling that is a common attribute of Ariel cars, the new Atom Mugen is poised to give lucky customers an extraordinary experience in racing.
Hiroki Toyoda, who serves as Mugen Euro’s VP, said that the company is proud to have Ariel equip the Ariel Mugen with its tuned-up version of the 2.0 liter Type R engine from Honda. Toyoda said that Mugen Euro’s team has worked hard to squeeze every horsepower out of from the normally aspirated engine to boost its performance further, which buyers will be able to experience with the Atom Mugen.
Ariel Director Simon Saunders said that it was inevitable for Mugen and Ariel to pair up in the new limited edition car, stating that Mugen shares his company’s commitment to getting down to the last detail in building their engines. Saunders said that the Atom Mugen is a 100% hand-made car with a purely hand-made engine. The Ariel Atom Mugen made its appearance first at the Autosport Show in 2011, with full information following shortly after.
The 10 units that were produced carried a signed plate bearing the marks of the technicians that worked hard to come up with the limited edition collaboration. The Atom Mugen joined the successful Mugen line, which all featured designs conceptualized using Ariel’s “No Screen, No Roof, No Doors” philosophy. While the first Atom was powered by a Rover K series engine, the next cars in the Ariel Atom fleet carried the Honda Type R engines, beginning in 2003.
The Honda K20A Type R engine brought to drivers of the Atom 2 a most exceptional performance – units of the supercar that participated in various racing around the world consistently broke records every year. Ariel carried on the Atom 2’s performance to the Atom 3, which featured the then-latest Honda K20Z Type R engine.
Saunders said that Ariel takes pride in all the achievements that its cars have attained in the past 10 years since the release of the first Atom in 2000.
He attributed it to the company’s philosophy of constantly improving every area of its cars’ performance, instead of introducing radically overhauled models year after year. Saunders also expressed gratitude to the clients and customers who have been behind the Atom’s success since the beginning.