"is a magical blend of stiffness and compliance"
Helmet on, garage door up and out we go. The wind is incredible and I notice it passes straight through the car’s skeleton. Needless to say I start with the turbo set at 1, but the Atom is still effortless in its overtaking, casually slicing past traffic with a lightly squeezed throttle. The ride, thanks to the new suspension, is a magical blend of stiffness and compliance, communicating the surface details without feeling harsh or jolting. Likewise is the steering – a slightly slower rack combines accuracy with a new composure. Soon I have the turbo up to 3. The Atom 4 is a magnificent achievement for such a small team: more resolved and cohesive than before, it’s a work of madness and genius in equal measure.