The small British car company, Ariel, has built some of the best track cars on the planet. The Atom was the first on the scene with the very minimalist look with no body panels or a windshield and had roughly 300hp. Ariel has mad many different variations of the Atom, our personal favorite was most definitely the Atom V8 with around 500hp. That however might be changing with the latest machine to come from Ariel, called the Nomad.
The Nomad is essentially an off-road version of the Atom. Try and wrap your head around that for a minute. WE are talking about an off-road capable go cart that has roughly 235hp on tap! The engine is a 2.4L iVTEC four-cylinder built by Honda and was chosen for this application because of the massive torque it can create that helps you really dig down and get out of the corner in dirt or reach the summit of the massive sand hill at your local sand dunes. Ariel didn’t cut any corners with the Nomad and based off the previous cars they’ve released, that shouldn’t come as much of a shock. For the suspension, they used Eibach coil springs and Bilsten dampers and it’s considered long travel suspension although I cant seem to find exact figures on exactly how much travel is provided other than it’s said to be about the same as a WRC rally car, which we should note is not considered long travel, so this is still a little confusing for us. However, the point is that this thing is set up to be driven hard off-road. Power is sent to only the rear wheels via a six-speed transmission and they put BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires on all four corners allowing the Nomad to get traction on almost any terrain it comes across.
You obviously wouldn’t want to try and take the Nomad on a rock crawling expedition in Moab however, that is obviously not what it’s built fot. But if you have some gravel roads or a makeshift rally stage in your area, it would be hard to come up with a better vehicle to drive. The idea of taking the purist driving sensation of the Atom and applying that in an off-road setting is totally something that I can get onboard with. The cool part about it is that Ariel custom makes each vehicle, so if you have a particular color scheme in mind or have some extras you would like added to the build, all you have to do is let Ariel know what you want. Pricing is expected to start right around $50,000 but could be more or less depending on the options chosen for your build. Apparently the Nomad will be featured in the new upcoming episode of the brand new Top Gear with Matt LeBlanc at the wheel. There were rumors that Ariel would be putting a supercharger on the Nomad putting it up into the 300hp range but that is yet to be determined.