Ariel Motor Company has taken the wraps off their new model named Nomad which will be showcased in January at Autosport International.
Described by company boss Simon Saunders as being the "Atom's mucky brother", the new two-wheel drive Nomad comes with a significantly higher ground clearance and has chunky tires suitable for off-roading. It also benefits from a long-travel suspension and features a complex rollover protection along with a reinforced chassis. The company has been testing prototypes with 15-inch alloy wheels shod in 235/70 tires but the production car will get a wide variety of wheel + tire combos.
Power is believed to come from a Honda-sourced four-cylinder 2.4-liter tuned to deliver approximately 200 bhp (149 kW) channeled to the road through a six-speed manual gearbox also provided by Honda. The Ariel Nomad will also come with a mechanical limited slip differential offered as standard equipment but more high-tech systems will be available at an additional cost.
The company is estimating a curb weight of 700 kg (1,543 lbs) and a starting price below the £30,000 ($46,700 / €38,300) mark.