Ariel Motor Company has unveiled their new model named Nomad which will join the already popular Atom and be showcased in January at Autosport International.
The Nomad is described by company boss Simon Saunders as the “Atom’s mucky brother”. Sharing Atom’s minimalist and open styling, the Nomad rides on big off-road tyres, featuring also higher clearance, underbody reinforcements, robust rollcage and rear-wheel drive.
Sure all-wheel drive would make it even more interesting, but considering it weighs just around 7,00kg we are sure it will be tons of fun on different roads and even places with no real roads.
“We’ve done quite a bit of testing on forest tracks and rally stages and results have been extremely encouraging,” commented Henry Siebert-Saunders, son of Ariel chief Simon Saunders. “We know the car is quick and stable. But it’s still a two-wheel-drive vehicle. We’re looking forward to discovering how it performs in genuine off-road conditions – in mud or crawling over rocks – compared with a traditional 4×4.”
Compared to the more track-oriented Atom, the Nomad also has a long-travel suspension, complex rollover protection along with a reinforced chassis.
While the engine specs have not been confirmed yet, Autocar reports it is powered by a 200bhp 2.4-litre Honda sourced engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential.
Prices are expected to start below the £30,000 mark.