Hmm, it's only about 30min away, and it not that expensive. Maybe I should go for a test drive. a couple years ago I saw a group of these running on hwy 410(twisty scenic mountain hwy) on my way home from jeepin. There pretty cool and fast
They are RIDICULOUSLY fast. 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds. They weigh less than 1400lbs and feature a 2.4L Honda Type-K i-Vtec engine. That engine on its own produces 230hp, and of course they have a supercharged option which puts it over 300hp. The only car that can accelerate just as fast is the Nissan GTR- of course we're talking road legal (yes you can make an atom road legal).
Rainy days would suck, but with the right tires you wouldn't fly off the road. With full race slicks it grips track corners like super glue grips your fingers to themselves. I got to ride in one one time. Fast is an understatement.
If you had the money, the Atom to buy was the Atom 500 V8. Had a naturally aspirated 457hp 3.0L V8 engine custom built for the atom. 0-60 speed is the same, but from 60mph to top speed the acceleration is face melting (top speed is around 190mph), too bad they only made 25 of them.
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