Ariel Nomad is an Atom That Loves to Play in the Muck

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Cars like the Ariel Atom are addressed to a rarefied pool of petrolheads. With a yearly production run of circa 100 examples and a package that doesn't include a windshield, air conditioning or even doors, the Atom is sort of a 21st century take on the Lotus Seven.
Lightweight, small, fast and very responsive to any steering and throttle inputs from the driver. But the Ariel Motor Company won't stop at this. After the Brits announced in 2014 that they'll once again have a go at making motorcycles, the Ariel Nomad followed.

Information is still scarce on the recently unveiled Ariel Nomad, but think of it as a sort of Mad Max demolition derby desert runner crossbred with a dune buggy, with underpinnings different from those of the Atom.

Slated to make its live debut on January 6th at the Autosport show in the Her Majesty's United Kingdom, this rough and ready machine is rear-wheel drive, not all-wheel drive, and it uses a Honda engine which is transversally mounted, albeit not the revvy 2.0 Civic Type R mill but a 2.4-liter according to AutoCar.

Considering this 700-kilogram (1,543 lbs) two-seater is expected to produce at least 200 horsepower and a lot of low-end torque, that is a good recipe for four-wheeled fun off the beaten track. The Atom 500's V8 motor would've been nice to power the Nomad, but the Honda 2.4-liter motor won't be too shabby either.

The previously mentioned publication's exclusive material hints at a delivery date of mid-2015 for the all-new Ariel Nomad, with pricing expected to come a smudge under 30,000 pounds (38,200 euros at current exchange rates). Furthermore, word is that customers will be offered "plenty of add-ons and upgrades, too."
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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