But you won't be able to drive it unless you're very, very small, because this is a 1:18 scale model created by Soul Models

Soul Models has produced the world’s first scale model of the Ariel Atom, in the form of a 1:18 scale Atom V8.

The Spanish model maker has worked closely with Ariel to ensure the finished product is as accurate as possible. Intricate details, including a carbonfibre-effect finish on the bodywork and a builder’s plaque on the driver’s seat, reveal the level of craftsmanship that has gone into the model.

Ariel boss Simon Saunders emphasised the difficulty of this work: “We have been approached by a few model makers over the years, but once they understand the complexity of modelling the Atom they have all given up at an early stage. We’ve been keen to see a scale version of an Atom so it’s great that Soul Models has taken on the task and produced such a great, detailed model.”

In full size, the Atom V8 was a limited-edition model, with just 25 examples built. It used a 3.0-litre flat-plane crank 32-valve V8, which produced 500bhp, and was good for a 2.3sec 0-62mph sprint time, making it quicker off the line than even a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

The V8, priced from more than £120,000, has long since sold out, so this new 1:18 scale model is the only way to buy a new Atom V8.

Like the real thing, the model will be built to limited production, with 1500 numbered units selling for £149.94 each. That’s close to 1/800th of the price of the real thing.

Our Verdict

Ariel Atom

In every form the Ariel Atom delivers thrills as exhilarating as any car can deliver. And there’s no greater recommendation than that.

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12 May 2016
£150 for a model car. Not my cup o' tea I'm afraid.

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