This is apparently an amazing little car. The gem of the site is a video from Top Gear, where they hammer the car around a test track. The host of Top Gear — who has no-doubt driven some amazing stuff in his lifetime — proclaims the Atom as the greatest car he’s ever driven.
But is it even a car? It’s only about 1,100 pounds of frame with the bare minimum of stuff bolted on. Drop in a motor from a Honda Civic Type R, supercharge it to over 300 h.p., and you really have something — 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, to be exact, and that’s some serious mojo.
The video is about 10 minutes long, but worth every second. The guy absolutely flogs the Atom and looks like he’s having an amazing time doing it. At one point they run it around a track against a sport bike and just beat the crap out of the bike. The bike jumps ahead from the line, but the Atom tears past it around the first corner as if it was standing still. It never stood a chance.
I want one. I need one.