3.3s 2015 ARIEL Nomad – Tech Specs, Options and Full-Throttle Testing Video!

Updated 1.6.2015

If anything, the real-life Ariel Nomad is even cooler than last week’s teaser renders indicated. Power is a stout 235-ponies, the Yokohama 35-inch mud tires are insane, and the options list will make you start drooling onto your touchscreen.

Is there any downside to the ultra-light yet super-strong Ariel Atom chassis concept being applied to an off-roader? Not that we can think of. A heated windshield is even offered.

The rear-engine playfulness and handling joy seem to apply themselves perfectly to the Nomad’s off-road mission — as well as guaranteeing traction for sprints and heavy braking.

The 100-kph time? 3.4-seconds.

Top speed? 125-mph.

Availability? Mid-2015.

Street-legal in the UK? Yes.

Shipping globally as an off-road machine? Yes.

Full specs and photos of the entire options list? See below.

Most importantly…

The line to drive this incredible machine? Starts right behind thisguy….!


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Thrilled to see the latest move from Ariel Motors in the UK: an off-road version of its legendary Atom sports car!

This new variant is called the Nomad and is based on the latest Atom 3 running gear — but with a totally new roll-cage/chassis combination, a huge suspension upfit and giant dune-munching tires. A windshield is also in the mix on the teaser shots. This will be helpful for keeping the mud and sand out of your face!

200-horsepower is the output from the rear-engine Nomad, with rear-drive keeping things just a few hundred pounds up on the flyweight Atom 3. Teasers of the Nomad shown below, plus the latest Atom 3 and Atom 3.5R Roadster.

We’ll have all the details January 6th — watch this space.


2015 ARIEL Nomad


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  • Engine

    2.4 K24 Honda 4 cylinder 16 Valve DOHC i-VTEC

    Aluminium alloy block, cylinder head, baffled engine oil sump

    Displacement 2354cc

    Bore & Stroke 87mm x 99mm

    Valvetrain Chain drive DOHC 4 valves per cylinder

  • Power

    235 BHP @ 7200 rpm

    Torque 300Nm @ 4300 rpm

  • Gearbox

    6 Speed + reverse aluminium alloy casing

    Hydraulic clutch

    Close ratio gearbox

  • Fuel system

    Indirect multi-port grouped fuel injection

    Continuous flow Marwal 3.5 bar electric fuel pump

    Twin fuel filters

    50 litre aluminium fuel tank

  • Electrical

    Electronic coil over plug ignition

    Hondata engine management system

    Thatcham 2 Toad Immobiliser system

  • Cooling

    Pressurised, centrifugal 82L/min. coolant pump

    Front mounted fabricated radiator

  • Intake

    ITG foam air filter

  • Exhaust

    Fabricated stainless steel exhaust manifold

    Stainless silencer, twin outlet

  • Chassis

    Bronze welded 57mm, 38mm, 25mm dia. ERW /CDS steel tube

    Aluminium bulkheads

    Phosphated, powder coated finish

    Right or left hand drive

  • Suspension

    Double unequal length TIG welded fabricated wishbones front and rear

    Lightweight fabricated uprights front and rear

    Outboard Bilstein dampers front and rear

    Alloy steel Eibach coil springs front and rear

  • Steering

    Rack and pinion cast alloy steering rack 1.7 turns lock to lock

    Collapsible offset steering column

    Adjustable inboard joint and outboard rod ends

    305mm race suede covered steering wheel

  • Braking

    Front 240mm ventilated disc

    Rear 240mm disc

    Tilton aluminium racing pedal box

    Twin master cylinders adjustable front/rear brake bias

  • Wheels

    Front 7Jx15

    Rear 7Jx15

  • Tyres

    Front 235/75R15

    Rear 235/75R15

  • Body

    Non structural rotational moulded toughened polyethylene

    Nose cone, engine cover, damper covers, mudguards

    Composite screen, bonnet, engine access cover

  • Seating

    Twin seat unit composite woven cloth, 5 position adjustment

    2″ E Approved four point quick release full harnesses

  • Instruments

    LCD Digital display, speedometer and tachometer, water temperature, fuel level, odo, trip

    Warning lights: Ignition, lights on, handbrake/low brake fluid low oil pressure, main beam, indicators, alarm

  • Dimensions

    Length 3215

    Track 1585 front and rear

    Height 1425

    Wheelbase 2348

    Width 1850

    Approach angle 71 degrees

    Departure angle 82 degrees

  • Weight


  • Road Pack

    Front/rear sidelights, projector headlamps, front/rear indicators, side repeaters, rear fog lamp, reverse lamp, number plate lamp. 3 way closed loop catalytic converter, front and rear mudguards, rear engine cover, road mirrors, parking brake, horn, electric fan

  • Performance

    0-60 mph 3.4 seconds (0-100kph)

    Top speed 125 mph

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  • Engine & Gearbox

  • Aluminium Radiator

  • Oil Cooler System

  • Cat Bypass Pipe

  • Exhaust Guard Polished

  • Exhaust Guard Black

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  • Braking

  • Sport Brake Package Front

  • Sport Brake Package Rear

  • Alcon 4 Pot Caliper/290mm Brake Disc Front

  • Alcon 4 Pot Caliper/290mm Brake Disc Front

  • Mechanical Handbrake System for Rear Alcon 4 Pot Calliper Brakes

  • Hydraulic Handbrake System for Rear Alcon 4 Pot Calliper Brakes

  • Cockpit Adjustable Remote Brake Bias

  • Suspension & Steering

  • Bilstein Adjustable Dampers with 2 Piece Springs

  • Bilstein Adjustable Hydraulic Bumpstop Dampers with 2 Piece Springs

  • Ohlins Multi Adjustable Hydraulic Bumpstop Dampers with 2 Piece Springs

  • Negative Camber Wishbone Set

  • Rally Spec High Strength Wishbone Set

  • Competition Steering Rack

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  • Track

  • FIA Approved Battery Master Switch

  • Fire Extinguisher (Stand Alone)

  • MSA Approved Fire Extinguisher Kit Plumbed In – Competition Use

  • GPS Datalogger System Fitted

  • FIA Approved High Intensity Rain Light

  • 3″ FIA Seat Belts/Harnesses (each side)

  • V Type Crutch Strap for 3″ Seat Belts/Harnesses (each side)

  • V Type Crutch Strap for 3″ Seat Belts/Harnesses (each side)

  • 3″ Seat Belt/Harness Pads

  • 2″ Seat Belt/Harness Pads

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  • Wheels/Tyres

  • 15″ Wheel Package/Road Tyres

  • 15″ Wheel Package/All Terrain Sport Tyres

  • 15″ Wheel Package/Mud Terrain Tyres

  • Rally Spec High Strength Wheels with above

  • Rally Spec High Strength Wheels with above

  • 15″ Wheel Package/Competition Rally Tyres (Not for Road Use)

  • 18″ Wheel Package/Road Tyres

  • 18″ Wheel Package/All Terrain Sport Tyres

  • Chassis & Body

  • Spare Wheel and Tyre including Carrier

  • Stainless Steel Fixings

  • Aero Screen (pair)

  • Full Front Windscreen

  • Full Heated Front Windscreen

  • High-Level Brake Light

  • Carbon Fibre Seats pair

  • Locking Fuel Cap

  • General

  • 12v. Auxiliary Feed with Cigarette Lighter Type Socket

  • 12v. Auxiliary Feed with BMW Motorcycle Style Power Socket

  • Bluetooth Intercom System

  • Fitted TomTom Rider Europe GPS

  • Tracker (Insurance Approved)

  • Passenger and Clutch Footrest

  • Nomad Car Cover

  • Ambidextrous Chassis

  • Battery Optimiser/Trickle Charger

  • Painted Bonnet and Rear Engine Cover

  • Carbon Fibre Bonnet and Rear Engine Cover

  • Fabric Cabin Cover

  • Front Recovery and Winch Bar (includes Front Tow Eye and Radiator Guard)

  • Rear Recovery Bar (includes 2 x Rear Tow Eye)

  • WARN Winch Assembly (front only)

  • Front Suspension Box and Body Tub Guard

  • Coolant Pipe Guard – Engine Bay to Body Tub

  • Sump Guard/Bash Plate

  • Daytime Running Light and Driving Light Kit including Mount

  • LED Whip/Marker Light

  • Carbon Fibre Instrument Panel

  • Alternative Colour Powder Coat Wheels

  • Alternative Colour Powder Coat Chassis

  • IVA Test

  • Road Tax and Registration

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Once there was just the Atom. Lightweight, simple, fast, fun. A pure sports car distilled down to its basic function. Beautifully engineered, exquisitely built and designed for a purpose. Now that purpose just took a big left turn and went right off road. But you can see that the Nomad is an Ariel through and through. The the same thought in design, the same attention to detail and the same Ariel grin on your face. Sharing that Atom thought process, the Atom philosophy and some proven Atom components the Nomad opens up a whole new dimension to having fun on four wheels. Where the Atom is to road and track, the Nomad is to road and off it. Whether it’s a gravel track, a WRC rally stage, a green lane, a desert or just a grassy field the Nomad calls this home. And could this be the coolest car on the road? A modern buggy designed for the rough and tough of the wild but just as home in the city and just as much fun. The Nomad says tough wherever it is. Because it is.

Centre of the Nomad is, of course, it’s structure. The Ariel signature and a unique one. Beautiful, purposeful, strong and safe. Bronze welded by craftsmen who care about what they do and have pride in their work. A skill that comes from years of practice and is a work of art in itself. A masterpiece of craftsmanship but also a complete safety cage. Protecting you, protecting your passenger, doing its job. Outboard, long travel suspension, double unequal wishbones, high rotation metallastic bushes, aluminium quick steering rack; this is half competition, half road car. Everything for a reason, nothing extra. Rotationally moulded polyethylene bodywork on the front back, sides and mudguards; the stuff road cones are made from and just as tough. With composite covers in a range of colours and carbon fibre as an option for bonnet and engine cover. It’s what is needed and nothing more. The Nomad distils it down to driving. On the road or off it.


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