You've always wanted an Ariel Atom, the ultra-light, no-frills track car... but you happen to live down a dirt road.
Well, TMI AutoTech and Ariel have teamed up to bring you the Ariel Nomad, a more rugged (and even more insane) version of the Atom.
Now officially available in the United States, the Nomad shares its exo-skeleton bones and lightweight design with the Atom (shown below), but it turns things up a notch or six for use when the pavement runs out. Two models are available, the $80,000 Sport, and the $92,250 Tactical. Opting for the pricier Nomad brings to the table Ohlins dampers and a front bumper capable of holding a winch for when you go just a little beyond the Nomad's capabilities.
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This video released by ACE Performance shows off the very first American market Nomad being put through its paces.
Regardless of trim level, the Nomad features a Honda-sourced 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower; a 6-speed manual gearbox; and a 125 mph estimated top speed. Given they weigh right around 1,500 pounds, the Nomads will sprint to 60 mph from a complete stop in a mere 3.4 seconds, TMI estimates.
Nomads for the U.S. will be hand-assembled in South Boston, Virginia. TMI says the cars will be hand-built to order and can be delivered anywhere in North, Central or South America.