A Home-Built Ariel Atom Knockoff

By on September 27, 2008


At first glance, most people would say that the car in this photo is an Ariel Atom, but it’s not. It’s a garage-built recreation of an Atom, dubbed the z59.

This is the final result of 15 months and at least 800 hours of work in the garage… The car was built from scratch. The engine is an Acura k20a3 from an RSX… The car has a good amount of junk (recycled stuff) in it. The stainless panels all came from old appliances. The black body panels came from an ancient kayak and an old doghouse. The throttle pedal was made entirely from salvaged parts from a dumpster at an engineering firm around town. Of course, the engine was also recycled from a crashed car.

It’s a blast to drive.

0-60: 4.5 seconds
MPG: 35+ miles per gallon
The best part: the bizarre looks I get from random strangers.

The whole build process is chronicled in a Flickr set. Color me envious. Very, very envious.

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