Road Tests Real world tests of Exige S Club Racer vs Ariel Atom


Top speed


1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lotus Exige S Club Racer

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Lotus Exige S Club Racer

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TwinRev is not aware of any important advantages of the Lotus Exige S Club Racer vs the Ariel Atom V8 500.

Side view of Ariel Atom

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Ariel Atom V8 500

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Faster to 100mph 5.4 s vs 9.6 s Around 45% faster to 100mph
Faster in the quarter mile 11.2 s vs 12.7 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Way more more powerful engine 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM vs 237 HP @ 7,800 RPM More than 2x stronger engine
Faster top speed 170 mph vs 158 mph 12 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More torque 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM vs 170 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM Around 60% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Lighter curb weight 1,210 lb vs 2,077 lb More than 40% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
More expensive sticker price $225k vs $61k Around 3.8x more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 3,000 cc vs 1,800 cc More than 65% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Exige S Club Racer  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Lotus Ariel
Price 61,123 225,000
Year 2008 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.76 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 237 HP @ 7,800 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 170 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,800 cc 3,000 cc
Cylinders I4 V8
Air compressor Supercharger Supercharger
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC

road tests

Exige S Club Racer  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 158 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 4.1 s 2.3 s
0-100mph 9.6 s 5.4 s


Drivetrain RWD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,077 lb 1,210 lb
Lotus Exige S Club Racer
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Ariel Atom V8 500
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