Video: Ariel Atom on the street and on the track

ACE Performance is a northeast Ariel Atom retailer and a good friend of Hooniverse. One of their clients is Henry Cipolla who owns an Ariel Atom and has it serviced there. His driving time is split equally between street and tracks. The two got together to make two videos about this amazing vehicle, check them out.
(Another clip after the jump)

While these videos aren’t high on POWER-SLIDING DRAMA or GRATUTIOUS USE OF SLOW MOTION, we wanted to share them because we think it’s pretty cool that the Atom has a home and a presence in the Northeast.
…and yes, Jeff keeps bugging me to get them to let him drive one. Get in line Glucker.

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  1. dukeisduke Avatar

    How are these allowed on the street, since they don't have airbags, bumpers, etc.? Is it because of their low production volume? Are they registered as motorcycles?

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      One too many wheels to be legally a motorcycle, so my guess is that the purchaser is given responsibility for enough of the final assembly that it qualifies as a kit car.

      1. bhtooefr Avatar

        And I believe in most states, a dealer can even perform the assembly of a kit car as an added service (but not the manufacturer or importer).

    2. Kamil_K Avatar

      It really depends on your state laws, but "kit car" I think is the way to go.

  2. mike england Avatar
    mike england

    It looks like a barrel of fun.

  3. Lokki Avatar

    Yes, please.

  4. Henry Avatar

    With the Atom it comes completely assembled by TMI. You don't do any work. It falls under the states kit car laws and I've looked into most New England states (I'm the owner of the one in the video) and all have kit car laws that make it legal. The only trick is getting insurance and this is doable just requires answering lots of questions.