1955 Fairthorpe Atom vs. 1974 Renault 12
To start off, 1974 Renault 12 is newer by 19 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1955 Fairthorpe Atom. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1955 Fairthorpe Atom would be higher. At 1,289 cc (4 cylinders), 1974 Renault 12 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1974 Renault 12 (53 HP @ 5250 RPM) has 18 more horse power than 1955 Fairthorpe Atom. (35 HP @ 5700 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12 should accelerate faster than 1955 Fairthorpe Atom. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1974 Renault 12 weights approximately 519 kg more than 1955 Fairthorpe Atom. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.
Because 1955 Fairthorpe Atom is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1955 Fairthorpe Atom. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1974 Renault 12, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1974 Renault 12 (96 Nm @ 3000 RPM) has 47 more torque (in Nm) than 1955 Fairthorpe Atom. (49 Nm @ 3750 RPM). This means 1974 Renault 12 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1955 Fairthorpe Atom.
Compare all specifications:
|1955 Fairthorpe Atom||1974 Renault 12|
|Engine Size||646 cc||1289 cc|
|Engine Cylinders||2 cylinders||4 cylinders|
|Horse Power||35 HP||53 HP|
|Engine RPM||5700 RPM||5250 RPM|
|Torque||49 Nm||96 Nm|
|Torque RPM||3750 RPM||3000 RPM|
|Vehicle Weight||431 kg||950 kg|
|Vehicle Length||3660 mm||4410 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1530 mm||1640 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1380 mm||1460 mm|
|Wheelbase Size||2270 mm||2450 mm|