Ariel Atom Catches Fire During Passenger Hot Lap With Esteban Ocon

The passenger of this Ariel Atom driven by Esteban Ocon was enjoying himself so much, he didn’t realise it was on fire

When you’re being driven around the Silverstone circuit in a bonkers Ariel Atom by a Force India Formula 1 driver, the last thing on your mind is what could go wrong.

YouTuber Tom Matthews got the chance to do just that with an Esteban Ocon hot lap, but as you’ll see if you skip to the 8 minute 10 second mark in the video below, it didn’t quite go to plan.

Ocon was driving at speed down Silverstone’s Wellington Straight and was just entering Brooklands when a load of smoke started pouring from the back of the Atom.

It then burst into flames and Ocon quickly instructed the Tom to get out, although it took him a few seconds to realise what was going on.

What made it even better was the fire erupted just after Esteban and Tom had given each other the thumbs up. Amazingly, our YouTube guy Matt was supposed to be next in the car…

Thankfully everyone was alright. It was already a pretty crazy experience, but an Atom going up in flames takes that to a whole new level.