According to the latest rumor flying off the mill, upcoming versions of the Atom track enthusiast car might use the hybrid technology Honda has used in its NSX supercar.
It appears the move ties into the Japanese automaker’s desire to further electrify its range, and since it also acts as an engine supplier for Ariel the company will make use of the high tech features. According to Ariel chief Simon Saunders, the company will merrily adopt the same philosophy as Honda, with the latter expected to pledge more and more models to the hybrid tech found inside the flagship NSX supercar. “The technology in the NSX is cutting-edge and expensive, but it will work its way down the food chain to the hot hatches,” the manager said. “At that point, it becomes achievable for us to use in the Atom.”
Saunders added that Ariel has already mulled the use of the other hybrid powertrains from Honda inside its models, but they were discarded because they didn’t fit the sporty bill due to a lack of performance credentials. “Obviously, for Honda it’s more about emissions, but for us it’s mostly a performance thing.” This is because their strategy has always been to extract the top performance from the engine it uses. The lower emissions and better fuel economy are thus, mere bonuses.