The Ariel Atom 500 V8 is an open-wheel track car by Ariel.
The Ariel Atom 500 V8 is a high-performance version of the Ariel Atom, featuring a 3.0 L (2,970 cc; 181.2 cu in) racing V8 engine producing 475 hp (354 kW) and 268 ft·lb (363 N·m). The main differences from the Atom are the carbon fiber body panels and aerofoils. The V8 is an extremely high-revving one, revving past 10,000 rpm.
The Ariel Atom 500 V8 is capable of reaching 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.3 seconds, after which it hits 100 mph (161 km/h) 2.7 seconds later. It has a top speed exceeding 177 mph (285 km/h). The Ariel Atom 500 V8 was limited to a production run of 25 units.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Shortened just to Ariel Atom V8, it was added in the Fall Out Boy Update as a high-end Class D car with the following statistics:
- Starting rank: 1050
- This was changed to 1026 in the Showdown Update
- Hidden MAX rank: 1242 (+192)
- This was changed to 1140 (+114) in the Showdown Update
- PRO rank: 1372 (+130)
- This is the highest of any Class D vehicle, excluding the deleted Despicable Me "Villain Wheels".
- This was changed to 1352 (+212) in the Showdown Update
- Stock to PRO rank difference: +322
- This was changed to +326 in the Showdown Update
- Upgrade Rank Percentages: 10/40/10/40
- This was changed to 40/10/40/10 in the Showdown Update
- Tuning Kit bonus: +49
- This was changed to +35 in the Showdown Update
- Nitro Efficiency: 6/8/10
The Ariel Atom V8 only has PRO upgrades and no MAX upgrades.
The Ariel Atom V8 is the highest-ranked vehicle in Class D without Elite tuning.
Upon its release, the Ariel Atom V8 had an abysmal raw top speed (165.9 mph/267.1 km/h) that was offset by its huge nitro boost (61.9 mph/99.7 km/h). This meant that, although it had a raw top speed lower than the Cadillac XTS (166.2 mph/267.7 km/h), it ranked as the eighth-fastest Class D vehicle (227.8 mph/366.8 km/h).
The Ariel Atom V8's excellent nitro efficiency means that it can sustain its total speed for longer periods, especially on tracks with frequent nitro pickups and ramps.
The Ariel Atom V8 has relatively stiff steering when its nitro is active. However, it has a tight drifting radius, as well as extreme tire grip comparable to the Mercedes-Benz Biome. This allows it to easily maintain its speed around corners through the use of mini-drifts, although it is also more likely to wreck against the inside of turns if it drifts too much. The extreme tire grip also makes the Atom V8 very stable and unlikely to skid if a hard turn is made while deaccelerating.
With all statistics considered, the Ariel Atom V8 was the third-best vehicle in Class D, behind the Mazda RX-8 and Hyundai i30 N, and it competes with the nanoFlowcell QUANTINO, Donkervoort D8 GTO, Porsche 959, Mazda 6, Buick Avista Concept, SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI and Honda S2000.
The Showdown Update changed the Atom's top speed to 203.5 mph/327.8 km/h with a nitro boost of 24.3 mph/39.1 km/h. With the removal of Elite tuning in the Sixth Anniversary Update, the Atom is now the fastest Class D vehicle, as well as the overall king of Class D due to its excellent performance.
This is the official review of the Ariel Atom V8 on the Asphalt YouTube channel, made by ReV_Tez and published on February 28, 2018:
Time to reach end of Tokyo straight: 8.316s
Perfect nitro duration: 13.002s
Triple nitro duration: 10.131s
French Guiana lap time: 1.12.633
Final verdict: "Although The Ariel Atom V8 is not the new King of D Class, its overall performance is terrific. It is a great alternative to the Mazda RX-8, however it requires 68 V8 engine cards which is excessive. The highlights of this car would be its acceleration and nitro duration!"
The Atom is never seen in the top 100 in general Class D TLEs due to the superior performance of the Mazda RX-8 and Hyundai i30 N. It is, however, better than the Subaru Impreza WRX STI and Donkervoort D8 GTO. As of the Sixth Anniversary Update, however, it will very likely be seen in the top 100 in general Class D TLEs due to it being the new king of Class D.
During the tentative multiplayer matchmaking of the Fifth Anniversary Update, the Atom's exceptional acceleration, nitro efficiency, and drifting made it an effective alternative to the Audi R8 e-tron Special Edition. With the Fast Lane Update, the Atom was made competitive again and rivals the ED Design Torq and McLaren M14A.
Price & Availability
Outside of its Championship, the Ariel Atom V8 costs 4,800 to purchase. As of the 2019 Spring Update, Pro Kits require 980,000, 40 of each Class D Part, 50 Early & Initial Techs each, and 80 V8 engines.
- Main article: Championship/Ariel Atom V8
The Ariel Atom V8's Championship was released as the 17th Championship event after the Audi R8 e-tron Special Edition's R&D as part of the Fall Out Boy Update on March 2, 2018. The event was revived on January 4, 2019 in the Holiday Update as part of the Asphalt Moments series. Players are given 7 days to complete the event.