Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs Ariel Atom

0-60mph

Model S
4 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

Model S
130 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph

0-100mph

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

general

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

engine

Air compressor None Supercharger
Fuels
Electricity
Gas

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

transmission

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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