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Jay’s Atom

Jay Leno’s Atom

“It’s bodyless tubular chassis promises raw fun. Squeeze the throttle and the Atom shoots forward because it weighs so little.”

Minimal bodywork, moulded to the highest standards possible, consisting of separate composite panels reduces weight, minimizes costs and allows easy access for adjustment of most settings. Developed in the wind tunnel to generate front and rear downforce, with special attention paid to underbody air flow, the bodywork provides stability and precise steering at all speeds. Stowage boxes, electronics and battery are accessed by the QR bonnet, which like the air box and mudguards is available in a range of grand prix colours.

The Atom’s one piece, two person seat is so elegantly simple it’s remarkable more manufacturers don’t do things this way. Designed to be set up specifically for the driver, the composite twin seat unit, offering high lateral support, has been designed to solve interior space problems common to vehicles of this size. With it’s wide track, the Atom can accommodate two large adults in comfort and safety. The simple but effective adjustment bolts progressively ramp the seat forward and up to cater to nearly all sizes of driver. For those wishing for greater adjustability or planning to allow friends to take the Atom for a spin, Brammo offers an exclusive twin Recaro sliding seat option.

The view over the nose is pure race car. Wave the electronic key in front of the instrument panel, flip the ignition toggle switch, and press the starter. Housed in a minimalist console, the compact racing instruments feature stepper motor driven needles with white on black easy to read faces, LCD readouts for secondary information, and warning light indicators. A remote keyless immobilizer allows for an ignition on/kill switch and starter button, ergonomically grouped together with other controls around the steering wheel.

Suspension is pure race car, adjustability a keyword for the Atom. Derived from current single seat race cars, suspension is by double unequal length wishbones and inboard, pushrod operated dampers, front and rear. The system features outboard rod ends all round for total adjustability and inboard rubber/metal bushes for compliance and comfort. Coil over Bilstein dampers front and rear extent the adjustability of the car allowing the Atom to be quickly set up for road or track use or to individual preferences.

The Atom has deliberately been made with a high content of race car components. The Atom has been designed with one purpose performance. Race derived features include adjustable front/rear bias brakes with the option of remote operation while driving, twin brake master cylinders, hydraulic clutch, one and a half turn competition steering rack, adjustable alloy pedals and ram air system. It is this thought for detail and lack of compromise that makes the Atom so totally unique.

Even in base model form, the Atom’s power to weight ratio exceeds that of a Porsche 911. Atom 2 power is available from a variety of powerplants with varying states of tune, allowing for the ultimate level of customization for the owner. Both Honda and GM powerplants and gearboxes combine reliability, economic servicing and practical ownership into the optimal package for a vehicle of this type. With the performance emphasis of the Atom geared towards acceleration and handling, the power to weight ratio exceeds that of most supercars, giving phenomenal performance and track times comparable with much more expensive race cars.

Maximum PC 2006 Dream PC

Silverstone TJ09 & Smooth Creations

One luscious chassis decked out to the nines, to make any geeks mouth water.

You dont put Puff Daddy and his entourage up in a one-room studio for the night, and we sure as hell arent going to put Dream Machine and all its glamorous hardware in anything less than the baddest, bitchinest enclosure available. This year, that enclosure is the soon-to-be-released Silverstone TJ09 full-tower. And even though the case was positively striking in stock trim, we went ahead and sent it to the wizards at Smooth Creations for a custom paint job. The result is a case so seductive it could easily be the centerfold in Playrig magazine, if there were such a thing.

The TJ09 has big shoes to fill, and it fills them admirably. We used its predecessor, the TJ07, for last years Dream Machine, and it swallowed over $10K of hardware without flinching. The TJ09 is just as capable, despite being a tad smaller than its predecessor, and its the only fulltower on the market thats new enough, big enough, and sexy enough to take on DM2006. Naturally, it has all the dreamy requisite extras, including a slide-out motherboard tray, the copious cooling of five 12cm fans, and room for six hard drives, a PSU of any dimensions, and all our sundry other gear.

The most interesting aspect of its design is the large ventilation chamber in the lower portion of the case, which allows cool air from outside to be sucked into the case’s gaping maw via a 12cm fan positioned at the gaps entrance. And the paint job? Well, whats to say other than that it costs $800 and is worth every cent. You truly have to see a Smooth Creations paint job in person to appreciate its profound wow-factor. It all amounts to an enclosure thats as audacious as its innards.

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