Speed and power for your UTV in this high performance compact electric winch.

Before being able to purchase you will need to configure your Atom
Your Atom
  • Atom Atom £1,600.00
£1,920.00 inc VAT
£1,600.00 ex VAT
Your Atom
£1,600.00 Ex VAT

Build Lead Time: In stock and ready to ship. 


Ox Competition Motor (12v) Ox Competition Motor (24v)
Albright Motor Solenoid (12v) Albright Motor Solenoid (24v)
Not Required Pneumatic Toggle Switch Solenoid Valve (12v) Solenoid Valve (24v)

Red Winch Atom

Designed primarily for the ATV, Polaris, Yamaha UTV vehicles this ATOM winch is capable of being used in the most demanding conditions.

The ATOM is an excellent choice for high speed and power when it comes to the best competition single motor electric winch for your ATV vehicle.

RED Winches has designed and developed this high performance Mil Spec winch for 4x4 competition use and serious motorsport events.

All products at RED winches have been through an extensive design and testing program before going on sale so you can use all our winches with confidence they will not let you down (engineered to meet J706 standards). 

Drum is capable of holding:

30m length of 8mm diameter synthetic rope

40m length of 6mm  diameter synthetic rope


  • 30m/min (12v on 12v OX Motor)
  • 60m/min (24v on 12v OX Motor)


  • 1,500kg (12v on 12v OX Motor)
  • 1,800kg (24v on 12v ox motor)

For your UTV or possibly a center winch, this winch can easily get you out of trouble very quickly, quietly and with minimum effort time and time again.

The winch body is CNC machined from high grade heat treated aluminium from solid billets. We only use the best machine tools and machining processes to ensure stress is kept to a minimum and strength to its maximum. With its patented air free spool and brake system the ATOM offers something previously unavailable on a winch to the off-road and motorsport sectors.

Atom Package You Will Get:

  • ATOM winch Anodised RED, with ‘Patented’ air brake system
  • Air Switch for free-spool and solenoid for brake operation built (to be mounted seperatly next to winch)
  • Albright Heavy Duty Solenoids x 1
  • Hard Anodised Aluminium fairlead (Included with Price)

As with all our winches, the ATOM winch does not come with a rope, this has to be purchased separately.

The air brake system:

Spring pressure applies a steel disc to the brake material when the winch is not in use.

This applies the brake and stops the winch from spooling out.

When you winch in or out you energise your Albright solenoids this also energises the air solenoid valve for the brake. This then allows air to go into a specially designed chamber that releases the brake instantly. When you remove your winching finger from the controls the air solenoid dumps the air and the springs apply the brake disc onto the brake pads. We can vary the number of springs in the brake to suit the weight of the vehicle if necessary but so far this has not be needed. More springs equals larger braking force but more abrupt stopping which can cause snatching which we do not recomend.

One nice feature is when you are lowering out you can switch your isolator off to the winch (no power to the motors) and just flick the winch out button on your dash. This fires the air solenoid and releases the brake and your vehicle only pulls out rope for the amount of drop your vehicle needs or moves. This means compared to normal winching you do not get overrun or excess rope causing snatching and jerking as the vehicle takes up the slack rope that has been spooled out. This design has been submitted for full patent and is currently protected and patent pending.

We would expect a set of brake pads to last at least 2 seasons due to the material they are made from.

Brake pad sets and all spare parts can be ordered if needed.

The air free-spool

A piston on the end of the winch housing moves a large dog clutch in and out.

The winch is always engaged under spring pressure until air pressure is applied which pulls back the dog clutch and allows the drum to freely rotate.

When the air is off the spring will re-engage the dog clutch.

The drive is provided by a large splined drive shaft.

Electrical Power

The power of this winch is currently supplied by an OX Motor. This is supplied normally with a 12v supply from your vehicle. The high power Albright solenoid is used to switch direction of the motor and to also provide a feed to the 12v brake system. These are all proven components and widely available and have been used extensively in the competition and motorsport industry by RED Winches for many years.

Power of the winch is variable due to how your vehicle is setup and the quality of the components used. It also depends on the scale of electrical losses or inefficiencies in the wiring system. As a general rule running a 12v DC OX Motor with a good powerful electrical supply you can expect the winch to pull very well as specified above...possibly more under certain optimal conditions. We tested with 1 x Odyssey PC1750 batterie, 12V supply and ground connections made with a minimum of 50mm2 cable.

The control (winch in / winch out) voltage selection on the motor solenoid / Albright is for the voltage that wil be used / applied to the 3 spade terminals on the front of the Albright.

The Albright power terminals on top that go to the motor can transmit 12v & 24v through them as standard.


Winch: 20kg (Without Rope)

Shipping Weight: 24kg (with no rope or accessories)

Drive System

The drive is mechanically provided by a solid steel splined shaft and dog clutch. This is a very tough design that engages and disengages by an air supply. The dog clutch is driven from the planetary gearbox by a solid steel central shaft. The drive system has been built for strength and durability. When not engaged the ‘free-spool’ of the ATOM drum is only between two roller bearings so it extremely free moving allowing the co-driver to run freely with the rope.

Drum Capacity & Pulling Capacity

The drum can hold:

  • 30m (90ft) of 8mm rope
  • 40m  (120ft) of 6mm rope

Line pulling power with electrics is in a world of its own as you probably know…and depends heavily on the quality of your electrical setup
We would say the ATOM can easily pull as a minimum 1500kg directly (hanging vertically with no support from wheels) But this does mean you will need:

Good battery (40Ahr Min) supplying the winch motors with enough power, and ideally one battery for the vehicle electrics
At least 50mm² high quality electrical cable
Clean electrical joints and if in areas prone to water joints should have conductive grease applied

We have been honest in our facts and have not blown the figures up high only to impress.....we work on real data as engineers....

All our winches are now supplied with Plasma Locks to hold the rope onto the drum, proven and very reliable.

They are a nice simple solution to ensure you always have the minimum amount of line wraps on your winch drum.

With the Plasma Lock installed you can pull your line to your anchor point with confidence that it won't leave you without any line on the drum!

The Plasma lock has been designed for a variety of line gauges and you can feel confident that at least 8-10 wraps remain on your drum, reducing greatly the chances of a slippage.

The Plasma Lock is made from double thickness, heavy duty bright red webbing and is 150mm x 40mm (approx).

Supplied free of charge with every winch, created and supplied by Ruftraks UK Limited. 


The patented designed brakes work in a way that they only come off when a voltage is applied. When a signal is sent to the winch to operate either forward or reverse that same signal is used to energise the air solenoids that feed the brake system.


The gearbox has been specifically designed for strength, power and ease of service. All gears are manufactured from 655-M13 nickel chromium molybdenum steel to give maximum strength and excellent durability. The end cover is sealed via an o-ring and groove, ensuring a watertight seal. Once the cover is removed access to all gears is possible and only takes 5mins to change all gears and re-assemble. The gearbox runs in grease not oil making it much easier to service in the field.


The Cobra has been designed with both competition use and servicing in mind. Two mounting blocks are provided to interface between the winch and the mounting frame. This reduces the risk of stripping the threads in the winch casing. The free-spool assembly is held in place with machine screws for ease of service.

Our Promise

We are confident to stand behind our products in competition use. All RED Winch Hornets are backed with a 2-year mechanical warranty. This covers all mechanical parts. Wearing parts, bearings, brake pads etc are excluded, as are electrical components, motors and solenoid packs