Ariel: Offroad Buggy Nomad
The off-road buggy Nomad is the all-terrain lightweight novelty from the British manufacturer Ariel. Since the year 2000, Ariel has been producing uncompromising lightweight sports cars that are designed for the asphalt and have achieved cult status under the ‘Atom’ name. The road-legal high-performance sports car Ariel has been continuously developed since its market launch. The special thing about him, he has no body. The powerful engine and a very low curb weight help the car to achieve special driving performance, which in some cases even surpasses super sports cars from the brands Porsche, Ferrari or Lamborghini. In 2015, the British presented their first off-road buggy, the ‘Nomad’. The main person responsible for its development is the son of the company founder, Henry Siebert-Saunders, whose enthusiasm for off-road driving was instrumental in the development of the all-terrain racer. Each Nomad is handcrafted and fully customizable.
Offroad Buggy Nomad: pure driving pleasure
The construction of vehicles at Ariel follows the principle of pure driving pleasure. And so it is with the new off-roader, the Offroad Buggy Nomad. This racer is equipped with rear-wheel drive – as is usual with classic buggies. It delivers power with its 2.4-liter four-cylinder Honda engine, which is usually found in the top versions of the Honda Accord is used. With the 238 hp and 300 Nm engine, Ariel relies on torque. In the Atom, however, is a two-liter four-cylinder Japanese at work. The power transmission takes over a manual six-speed gearbox together with a limited-slip differential to the thick, deep-treaded rear wheels measuring 235/75 on 15-inch rims.
is conducive to performance also its flyweight of around 670 kg – remarkable that it can keep its pounds despite larger wheels, more rollover protection, more powerful spring-damper elements and a reinforced off-road chassis.
The 3.21 meter long, 1.43 meter high and 1.85 meter wide off-road buggy Nomad is held together by an electron beam welded tubular space frame. Unlike the Atom, this forms a safe roll cage with trains above the pilots’ heads. A windshield provides weather protection.
When it comes to the chassis, Ariel relies on long spring deflections, which are realized with standing spring struts. The wheels are free and are only covered by small fender elements.
Use: on the street and in the dirt
The Nomad is also dynamic on the asphalt. It goes from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Its top speed is just over 200 km/h. Ariel provides any race track friends with a GPS data logger and a fire extinguisher. But his true home is in the sand and dirt. In addition to classic rally sport, use in rally cross or auto cross is also conceivable. Ariel boss Simon Saunders believes that despite the lack of all-wheel drive, a well-adjusted Nomad could still have an honorable result at the Dakar Rally.
The Offroad Buggy Nomad can be ordered personalized ex works: you can choose the color of the frame and the body panels and also choose between tires from 15 to 18 inches. The list of additional equipment includes additional radiators, running boards, luggage attachments or special rear silencers. Ariel’s off-road buggy Nomad has been available since the summer of 2015. The price starts at 30,000 pounds, which currently corresponds to around 39,500 euros. chk
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