Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs Ariel Atom


Model S
4 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

Model S
130 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph


Model S
9.5 s
Atom V8 500
5.4 s

1/4 mile

Model S
12.4 s
Atom V8 500
11.2 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Model S

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Model S

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More torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM vs 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM More than 65% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Side view of Ariel Atom

Reasons to consider the
Ariel Atom V8 500

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Faster top speed 170 mph vs 130 mph 40 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster to 100mph 5.4 s vs 9.5 s Around 45% faster to 100mph
Much lighter curb weight 1,210 lb vs 3,825 lb 3.2x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Faster in the quarter mile 11.2 s vs 12.4 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
More powerful engine 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM vs 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM Around 15% stronger engine
Slightly more expensive sticker price $225k vs $107k More than 2x more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Model S  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Tesla Ariel
Price 107,350 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Air compressor None Supercharger

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 1,210 lb

road tests

Model S  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 130 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 4 s 2.3 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 5.4 s


Drivetrain RWD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Tesla Model S
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Ariel Atom V8 500
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