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.
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.
Compared to other Class D vehicles, the Ariel Atom V8 features a very high maximum speed of 228.8 mph (368.4 km/h), very fast acceleration, very good handling, very sharp drifting and very good nitro efficiency, and it is the highest-ranked vehicle in the class by a significant margin at D1353. Overall, the Atom V8's performance in almost unmatched in every category. The only two Class D vehicles that come even remotely close to challenging the Atom V8 are the Donkervoort D8 GTO (D1341), which has similar but slightly-worse overall performance in comparison to the Atom V8 (crucially, the D8 GTO's acceleration and nitro efficiency are excellent), and the newly-released DS E-TENSE (D1342), which seems to have faster acceleration than the Atom V8 at the cost of relatively poor handling and a slightly lower maximum speed.
History of Performance Changes
When the Ariel Atom V8 was added to the game in the Fallout Boy Update of February 2018, it was roughly the second-best vehicle in Class D after the Mazda RX-8 (previously, an Elite vehicle) and it was the highest-ranked Class D vehicle (D1372). Featuring very fast acceleration and very good nitro efficiency, the Atom V8's performance was comparable to the Donkervoort D8 GTO's. However, it also had a very large nitro boost (61.9 mph or 99.7 km/h) and low top speed (165.9 mph or 267.1 km/h), similar to the Ford F-150, Renault DeZir and Porsche 959. The Atom V8's total top speed was 227.8 mph (366.8 km/h). Due to its very large nitro boost, the Atom V8's handling was originally very "stiff", requiring frequent drifting to turn corners; fortunately, its drifting capabilities were very good, though it was easy to oversteer. Due to its unique upgrade configuration of 10 PRO upgrade levels and no MAX upgrades, the Atom V8 was comparable to the McLaren formula-one cars (e.g. 2018 McLaren X2) in terms of Multiplayer tuning at this time.
After the Hyundai i30 N (previously, an Elite vehicle) was added to the game in the Halloween Update of October 2018, the Ariel Atom V8 ranked as the eighth-fastest Class D vehicle (after the i30 N, Mazda RX-8, nanoFlowcell QUANTINO, Buick Avista Concept, SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI, 1967 Chevrolet Impala and Mazda 6). The Atom V8 also ranked as the third-best Class D vehicle in terms of overall performance (owing to its superb acceleration and nitro efficiency) after the RX-8 and i30 N (which were roughly tied as the best Class D vehicles). At this time, the Atom V8 still proved useful in Class D Tag Racing Time-Limited Events (which required the top three Class D vehicles) and served as a decent competitor against the RX-8 and i30 N in "Heat" TLEs.
The Showdown Update of June 2019 changed the Ariel Atom V8's raw top speed to 203.5 mph (327.8 km/h) and its nitro boost to 24.3 mph (39.1 km/h), improving its overall performance by decreasing its reliance on nitro (the Atom V8's total top speed was increased by 0.1 km/h and less than 0.1 mph). The Atom V8's handling was also greatly improved as a result of these speed changes. Furthermore, the Atom V8's final rank was lowered from D1372 to D1352. In the Sixth Anniversary Update of September 2019, the feature of Elite tuning was removed in its entirety from the game, rendering both the Hyundai i30 N and Mazda RX-8 uncompetitive. Thus, the Ariel Atom V8 was left as the unchallenged king of Class D, with the Donkervoort D8 GTO being the distant second-best Class D vehicle.In the Halloween Update of October 2019, the Ariel Atom V8's maximum speed was increased from 227.8 mph (366.9 km/h) to 228.8 mph (368.4 km/h) and its rank was slightly increased from D1352 to D1353. Additionally, the Atom V8's acceleration was allegedly nerfed (according to the official patch notes), though it is not clear to what degree.
This period saw several changes to the performance of the Ariel Atom V8 and all of its competitors in Class D. Throughout this period, the Atom V8 was gradually buffed with nearly every update, whereas its two fiercest rivals, the Mazda RX-8 and Hyundai i30 N, were greatly nerfed. This eventually left the Atom V8 as the undisputed king of Class D.
The Ariel Atom V8 is the highest-ranked vehicle in Class D without Elite tuning.
The Ariel Atom V8 has an abysmal raw top speed (165.9 mph/267.1 km/h) that is offset by its huge nitro boost (61.9 mph/99.7 km/h). This means that, although it has a raw top speed lower than the Cadillac XTS (166.2 mph/267.7 km/h), it ranks 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 is 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.
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
As of the 2020 Halloween Update, the Ariel Atom V8 can be purchased for 400,000 which was previously obtainable by completing its Championship. Outside of its Championship, the Ariel Atom V8 costs 4,800 to purchase.
The car was on sale for a limited-time during the following periods:
- August 31, 2018: 3,600 (25% off)
- March 5 - 11: 2020: 3,500
- March 20 - 30, 2020: 4,800
- April 22 - 26, 2020: 4,800
- June 5 - 8, 2020: 2,000 (VIP only)
- August 19 - 25, 2020: 1,400
- January 30 - 31, 2021: 360,000 (10% off)
- 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.