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Ariel Nomad- The off-road buggy

Ariel, the British car and motorbike specialist is working on an ultra-light, ultra-fast off-road buggy. Ariel is the same company responsible for the “back passage hauling” ruthlessly designed Ariel Atom. The buggy will make its debut on 6 January 2015.

Here’s more information about the Nomad Buggy.


A vehicle that is built to peregrinate from place to place, the Nomad is built around the same architecture as the Atom. The vehicle follows quite a simplistic approach and uses a light-weight body that attracts speed. The Honda-powered Ariel Nomad sport buggy, the Buggy was revealed on January 6 2015. The buggy will be available pretty soon.

The Nomad carries a simple design that uses lightweight bronze welded chassis that is assembled by hand. The car’s images indicate that it has a highly-modified platform that includes a comprehensive roll-cage. The vehicle also has underbody protection along with long-travel suspension.

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The vehicle also features chunky mud-terrain tires that adapt to off-road conditions quite well.

The Nomad is a rear-wheel drive car and it makes it quite the suitable car for rally stages than the technical rock crawling kinds. The independent suspensions on all corners help it attain high speed handling characteristics on various surfaces.

The boss of Ariel Simon Saunders thinks “most Nomads will be bought for recreational driving both on and off road, but the car has the credentials to achieve success in rally competition”.

A well set-up Nomad could eventually compete “with honor” in the Dakar Rally, not necessarily winning but at least reaching the finish in good shape.

Ever since the Atom was launched, the idea of the Nomad-style vehicle has always been a priority. However, with the launch of Atom and various Ace motorcycles, the Nomad remained a thought.

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However, the Nomad project progressed because of Ariel founder’s son, Henry Siebert-Saunders, whose interest in off-road encouraged him to complete the prototype and lead its development on terrain normally reserved for conventional, slow and heavy 4x4s.

He says, “We’ve tested the Nomad on a variety of race circuits and proving grounds, as well as on various private tracks including well known WRC stages, winch challenge courses and closed forest roads. The idea was to subject our two-wheel-drive car to tests worthy of a conventional 4×4, because we reckoned its compactness, torque and light weight would compensate for its lack of four-wheel drive. So far we’ve been right and the Nomad has lapped it up, to the extent that the whole thing adds up to a whole new kind of driving fun.”


The Nomad is powered by a 2.4 liter, long-stroke four-cylinder Honda Engine. The engine is the same as used in the high-end versions of Honda Accord. The vehicle has been configured with Ariel electronics to help it produce 235bhp at 7200rpm.

The torque output of the Nomad is 221 lb ft and it matches the power that was found in the 2 liter Atom that had its reputation for being the fastest cars on road.


The Nomad carries a modest weight of 670 kgs and it has big wheels and has extra rollover protection. The Nomad also has bulky long travel suspension and chassis modifications that are needed for it to cope with off-road use.

The car whizzes from0-60 in just 3.4 seconds and has a mighty impressive top speed of 125mph. This can rightly defeat any fully fledged and super-powered rally car. The best part is that it can do it both on and off-road.

The Nomad carries a power-to-weight ratio. Thanks to the efforts of the Ariel engineers that the Nomad carries similarities to the BMW M3 and M4. The Nomad has a more powerful 2.4 liter engine sourced from Honda that does all the thrusting.


The vehicle was engineered to deliver low-end torque and resistance to mud and water, which resulted in the new power plant. The vehicle has protection from mud and dust and although this is a body-clad Ariel, it features a windscreen.

There are still confinements to the very bare essentials. The chassis of the Nomad is exposed and the vehicle has no doors or even a roof. The new body panels along with the bonnet, engine cover will have some space of personalization. Customers can enjoy the liberty of choosing the colors of their choice.

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Buyers can also opt to upgrade the standard mechanical-slip differential for more technically advanced options. However one option that isn’t expected to be available is an automatic transmission, with just a six-speed manual on offer.

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The Nomad sales are on. The deliveries however, are expected to be in mid-2015. As the Atom, Ariel plans to build up 100 examples per year of the Nomad.  The off-road buggy is priced at £30,000 (AU$58,000).

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