Road Tests Real world tests of Caparo T1 vs Ariel Atom


Caparo T1
2.5 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

Caparo T1
199 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph


Caparo T1
5.5 s
Atom V8 500
5.4 s

Top Gear track time

Caparo T1
Atom V8 500

1/4 mile

Caparo T1
11 s
Atom V8 500
11.2 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Caparo T1

Reasons to consider the
Caparo T1

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Faster top speed 199 mph vs 170 mph 29 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:10.60 vs 1:15.10 More than 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
More expensive sticker price $345k vs $225k Around 55% more expensive harder to own
More powerful engine 575 HP @ 10,500 RPM vs 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
Slightly more torque 311 ft-lb @ 9,000 RPM vs 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM More than 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 3,500 cc vs 3,000 cc More than 15% bigger engine
Side view of Ariel Atom

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Ariel Atom V8 500

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Caparo T1  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Caparo Ariel
Price 345,015 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2007 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.2 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 575 HP @ 10,500 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 311 ft-lb @ 9,000 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,500 cc 3,000 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor None Supercharger
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC

road tests

Caparo T1  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 199 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 11 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 2.5 s 2.3 s
0-100mph 5.5 s 5.4 s
Top gear time 1:10.60 1:15.10


Drivetrain RWD w/LSD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,265 lb 1,210 lb
Caparo T1
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Ariel Atom V8 500
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