Evo Magazine’s Harry Metcalfe has become the latest journalist to test out the recently introduced Ariel Nomad. Created as an off-roading variant of the Ariel Atom track car, the Nomad is actually still equally capable on the road.
Drive for the Ariel Nomad is provided by a 2.4-litre Honda-sourced four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 235 hp at a high 7200 rpm and 221 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm. This engine is then mated to a six-speed close-ratio transmission which funnels power through all four wheels. When it is all said and done, the Ariel Nomad will absolutely rocket off the line and reach 96 km/h (60 mph) in a mere 3.4 seconds as well as a top speed of 201 km/h.
All told, the Ariel Nomad tips the scales at a mere 670 kg thanks to a similar space-frame chassis to the Atom. Compared to the Atom however, the Nomad makes use of outboard Bilstein dampers front and rear, alloy steel Eibach coil springs and double length welded wishbones at all four corners. Additionally, it incorporates offroad tyres which measure 235/75 front and rear and are wrapped around 15×7 inch wheels.