A company Solocrest Limited
founded in 1991
changed its name to Ariel Ltd
based in Crewkerne, Somerset, and is one of the UK's smallest
automobile companies, with just 7 employees, producing fewer than
100 cars per year.
It was formerly Solocrest Limited and,
apart from the name, has no connection with the former motorcycle
The company's flagship car is the Ariel
, an extremely light, high performance car; The UK version
is based around the Honda Civic
engine and gearbox, while in the USA the Atom is available with the
supercharged GM Ecotec
. The Atom is the world's first road-going exoskeletal
car; it has no bodywork or roof, and
is built entirely around the tube chassis, making it extremely
lightweight at less than . This means that the high performance
model has a
power-to-weight ratio of over per tonne, at a fraction of the cost
of a conventional sports car.
Ariel is also currently making a new car called the Atom 500, with
and a power-to-weight ratio of about 1000 BHP/ton.