Ariel - Nomad Price: from £33,000
Last Updated On: 17/07/2020
A brother to the now iconic Ariel Atom, the Nomad shares the same Ariel family genes as well as the proven Atom recipe of light weight, high performance and ultra reliability. But where the Atom is to road and track, the Nomad is to road and off it.
Outboard suspension, raised ground clearance, long travel dampers, damage resistant body panels, washable interior and a host of options tailor the Nomad to go off road to places that an Atom and most car owners couldn’t or wouldn’t consider.
For power the Nomad continues to build on the long standing relationship between Ariel and Honda, that began with the Ariel Atom and continued with the Ariel Ace motorcycle released in 2014. Featuring the 2.4 litre 4 cylinder Honda K24 iVTEC engine, performance of the Nomad has been aimed at a mix of road and off road performance, with inlet and outlet manifolds tuned for power and torque combined with fuelling and mapping via a Hondata ECU. Performance figures are similar to a standard Atom but necessarily restricted by specification and tyre choice. 0-60 takes around 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 136mph are standard for the car.
As with other Ariels, the Nomad is also upgradeable over a period of time. Owners of Nomads can return their vehicles to the factory where upgrades, modifications and new options can be fitted to change it for different uses or to modify the specification at any time.
The interior, with individual lightweight seats is designed to be simple and completely weatherproof so that the Nomad can be driven in any conditions and then hosed out afterwards. The windscreen option with a twin wiper system gives forward protection whilst a full weather equipment option completes the package for use in off road or bad weather conditions, covering sides, rear and roof. Instrumentation is via a Race Technologies LCD dash, also found on the Atom.
The Nomad will be manufactured in similar quantities to the Atom, at up to 100 cars per annum.
In summer 2020, Ariel announced the Nomad R, the highest power Nomad yet Only 5 Nomad R cars will be produced with a 335bhp Supercharged Honda Type R engine. Tarmac rally specification 6 speed Sadev sequential gearbox, new seats and revised ergonomics feature. The Nomad R is capable of 0-60mph in under 3 seconds and 136mph top speed. (image 8)