The modern era Ariel Motor Company has made a name for itself with the track-based Atom that made Jeremy Clarkson’s face snap in the wind in an episode of the old Top Gear. Since 2015, niche manufacturing based in the UK has offered what it calls the “lucky brother of Atom”, the all-terrain Nomad.
The original version came with a 2.4-liter Honda original 4-cylinder engine, designed to deliver 235 horsepower (175 kilowatts) and 300 Newton meters (221 lb-ft of torque). A supercharged version followed at the end of 2015, bringing the power to 290 hp (216 kW) and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft). Today, Ariel has prepared an even more robust version of its all-purpose vehicle.
It’s called the Nomad R and it avoids the 2.4-liter Honda K24 engine for a 2.0-liter K20Z3 unit from the old Civic Type R but equipped with its own Ariel compressor for this new application. It produces a healthy 335 hp (250 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft), enough for a 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) in just 2.9 seconds before exceeding 121 mph (195 km / h ).
All this power is channeled to the 18-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohama tires via a Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox adapted from the Atom V8 and Atom 3.5R models. It downshifts in as little as 40 milliseconds and downshifts in 50 milliseconds, the clutch being used only for starting and stopping for continuous acceleration. Alcon brakes with four-piston calipers and two-piece ventilated rotors are mounted on both axles, with adjustable brake bias when you want to take the Nomad R off-road.
The very small body it has is made up of a mixture of composite parts and rotational molded parts, in addition to which Ariel offers a wide range of customizations adapted to the personal preferences of the owner. The list of goodies is complete as it includes everything from adjustable Bilstein shock absorbers to a pair of new lightweight bucket seats. It also has a limited slip differential that works in harmony with the RWD system for the ultimate tail-tail fun experience in the mud.
Only five will ever be made, at £ 64,500 (around $ 81,300), a pop, excluding value added tax. You will have to hurry because only two are yet to win.