Ariel Nomad is a Rally-Style Atom


The Ariel Atom is renowned for its minimalistic approach to a street-legal track car, now the automaker has released details of its off-road-oriented rig: the Ariel Nomad. The Nomad is of a minimalistic design, but upgraded to get more rugged environments, as with the Atom. The automaker claims, “Where the Atom would be to road and track, the Nomad would be towhich has been upgraded with the addition of an extended-travel suspension and higher ground clearance. Thesteering and suspension, and wheels and tires are also upgraded for off-road duty. Ariel says the brand new Nomad is as at home on a grassy field or gravel road because it isoriginates from a mid-mounted, Honda-supplied 235-hp 2.4-liter K24 four-cylinder mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. An ITG foam air filter is used, while fuel comes from the 13.2-gallon gas tank by a Marwal electric fuel pump. The setup is controlled with a Hondata engine management system. As with most of the Nomad, the radiator and exhaust is custom-fabricated by Ariel. The exhaust features a stainless silencer.

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The chassis is made up of bronze-welded and powder-coated round steel tubing in different diameters, and aluminum bulkheads. Suspension bits consist of double unequal length wishbones at both ends, high-rotation metallastic bushings, outboard Bilstein dampers, and Eibach coil springs. The steering system is of the rack and pinion design made from cast features and alloy 1.7 turns lock-to-lock as well as a collapsible steering column for safety. Other steering features include adjustable inboard joint and outboardtwin and rear master cylinders with adjustable front/rear brake bias. A Tilton aluminum racing pedal box is also included. The brakes peek out from behind a set of 15×7-inch wheels covered withthe protection cage is exposed, the Nomad includes a nose cone, engine cover, damper covers, and mudguards made from non-structural rotationally moulded polyethylene. Additionally there is a compositescreen and bonnet, and engine access cover. Inside, the Nomad can be had in left- or right-hand drive with seating for two in cloth seats with five-way manual adjustment. Two-inch-wide four-point quick release harnesses are standard. An LCD digital display features speedometer, tachometer, water temperature, fuel level, odometer, and trip odometer information. There are also the regular warning lights including ignition, lights on, handbrake/low brake fluid, low oil pressure, highbeam and indicatorsincludes a relatively small footprint. At merely 126.6 inches long, the Nomad rides on the 92.4-inch wheelbase having a 62.4-inch track front and back. Overall width is 72.8 inches and overall height is 56.1 inches. Approach angle measures 71 degrees, while the departure angle is 82 degrees. Weight shows up at a bantamweight 1474 pounds. Ariel claims the Nomad can hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and has a high speed of 125 mph.

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For street use, the road package includes the necessary lighting, exterior mirrors, parking brake, horn, electric fan, mudguards, catalytic converter, and rear engine cover.

The Ariel Nomad is highly customizable. Optional equipment includes an aluminum radiator, oil cooler, cat delete pipe, exhaust guards, plus a polished muffler and manifold. An Alcon brake upgrade includes four-piston calipers with an 11.4-inch mechanical or hydraulic handbrake and cockpit brake bias adjustment. Suspension and steering options include adjustable Bilstein dampers, Ohlins adjustable dampers, negative camber wishbone set, competition steering rack, as well as a quick-release steering wheel.

Track options include an FIA battery master switch, fire extinguisher systems, GPS datalogger system, additional lighting, three-inch wide harnesses, and a rear tow strap. Rally-spec high-strength wheels might be specified, while tires may also be upgraded to any or all-terrain tires, road tires, mud tires, or competition rally tires. An 18-inch wheel with road tires or all-terrain tires is also available. A spare carrier and tire is likewise available.

Other options include a heated front windscreen, aero screens, carbon fiber seats, a locking fuel cap, 12-volt sockets, Bluetooth intercom system, passenger and driver footrests, a painted or carbon fiber engine cover, underbody and suspension front, rear and guards recovery bars, plus a Warn winch.

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