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.

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