Ariel Nomad

Ariel Nomad information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the bonkers off-road buggy that's like an Ariel Atom that escaped from the R&D lab. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Nomad car range. 

Background

The Nomad was a pipe-dream for many years of Simon Saunders and his crew behind the Atom sports car. They harboured fantasies of a wilder, more all-terrain style of Ariel - one you could blast around a forest track or disused quarry in the morning, then drive home for tea. This is the - somewhat crazed - result. For more information on the Ariel Nomad family, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

Half beach buggy, half car, all Ariel. The Nomad is like nothing else on the road, taking the bones of an Atom and adding new sections to the aluminium-tube skeleton to add an upper-cage structure. It says a lot about this car that the windscreen is optional. Light weight is key here: the whole caboodle only weighs around 670kg, so performance from the Honda-sourced, mid-mounted 2.4-litre four-cylinder VTEC is absolutely unhinged. Ariel quotes 0-62mph in 3.4sec and a top speed approaching 120mph. While we tested the former, we didn't dare approach the latter... You thread your way into the Nomad, negotiating metalwork like a naughty schoolboy clambering up scaffolding. Once installed, you'll find a simple cockpit, whose rally-style vertical handbrake speaks volumes about this car's intent. Read our full Ariel Nomad review here to see what happens when you start it up and let rip...

The one we’d buy

There is only one Nomad. And we'd definitely have one in our fantasy garage

The one we’d avoid like the plague

Walk away now if you like your creature comforts...

Rivals to consider

Ariel Atom, Caterham Seven, KTM X-Bow, a tank from Bovingdon museum

For

One of the most life-affirming cars we've driven this decade. The sheer madness of it - and it's an absolute hoot to drive

Against

Not great if you value comfort, discretion, family-friendliness, bodywork... The list goes on

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