Ariel Atom vs rallycross Citroen vs BMW HP4: the ultimate drag race

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Feature 7 May 2013

Which is faster? A pared-down, bare knuckle track toy, a state-of-the-art superbike or a front-running rallycross car? Steve Sutcliffe referees the match between an Ariel Atom V8, a BMW HP4 superbike and a top Citroen DS3 rallycross contender in the ultimate quarter-mile showdown.

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I hate the americanism but...

1 year 18 weeks ago

....truly awesome!

Jeez that Rallycross car is quick....just imagine what it could do without the restrictor!.

The guy on the bike is clearly very talented...oh and has big cahooney's too. 

Pity it was

1 year 18 weeks ago

Pity it was raining.....however I think the result would have been the same......

The Venom GT would hose these

1 year 18 weeks ago

The Venom GT would hose these three before breakfast........it blew past 265mph in just two miles. No production bike/rally car could ever go close to that. 

Venom GT 0-100 is 5.6s so

1 year 18 weeks ago

Venom GT 0-100 is 5.6s so actually it is about the same as top bikes and cars such as the Veyron, Ariel etc. Quarter mile time is about 10s so that is not that fast either. It is traction limited till above 100. 

 

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1 year 18 weeks ago

OOh, a Venom fan boy 

 

 

 

No more than a bit of "fun"

1 year 18 weeks ago

This reminds me of those "duels" than were set up years ago to show that this or that sports car could out accelerate  a Piper Cub or some such light plane. Completely meaningless but amusing for some.

 

Cars versus Bikes

1 year 18 weeks ago

The single most important difference between a fast bike and a fast car is the affordability issue.

The BMW HP4 may cost about £20k but for £14k the ordinary version is just as fast in a straight line.

How many new fast cars are available for that price?

Secondly it is a motorcycles ability to overtake virtually anywhere that make them fun on public roads at speeds lower than those that may involve gaol time if caught by Mr plod.

But when it is cold and wet I will be in a car, but not the atom obviously.

maxecat

bikes and rain

1 year 18 weeks ago

I know from experience it's real hard to launch a bike in the rain so I think a re-run is in order. Apologies if they did a rerun in the dry as I don't have time to watch the whole video, work getting in the way

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

Maybe to 100mph......after

1 year 18 weeks ago

Maybe to 100mph......after that forget it..  

No need to re-run

1 year 18 weeks ago


Quote:

I know from experience it's real hard to launch a bike in the rain so I think a re-run is in order. Apologies if they did a rerun in the dry as I don't have time to watch the whole video, work getting in the way

No need, the bike walked it in the wet anyway.

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