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The New Ariel Nomad 2 Off-Roader Features 305 Horsepower Of Ford Focus ST Thrust

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You might know Ariel for the Atom, the trellis with an engine on the back that reshaped Jeremy Clarkson’s face. It seems like a brilliant fair weather machine for any jurisdiction with smooth roads, but let’s face it, most of us aren’t surrounded by pockmark-free tarmac. That’s why the Ariel Nomad exists, a super-light boutique buggy with enough suspension travel to eat up a gravel track and enough sidewall to shrug off a smart Fortwo-sized pothole. It seems like a fabulous machine, yet for the second-generation model, Ariel’s decided to throw away everything save for three parts and start fresh.

It all starts with a tubular chassis with main and diameter tubes 12.5 mm larger in diameter than on the old model. Once all the chassis bits are welded together, the resulting structure is a claimed 60 percent stiffer than the old Nomad’s, and it’s passed a 30 mph barrier test. Nice information to have in your head, should you suddenly realize you underestimated the severity of that last yump.

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Then again, you’d have to really cock it up to find yourself in that position, because the new Ariel Nomad 2 has even more suspension travel than the old one, thanks in part to new K-Tech dampers and Eibach springs. The suspension uprights are each milled from a single chunk of aluminum, all the wishbones are properly beefy-looking TIG-welded units, and even the footprint of the new Nomad is larger than before. Not only is the wheelbase 1.9 inches longer, the track sits two inches wider, and that ought to help high-speed stability.

09 Ariel Nomad 2 Studio

High-speed? Yep, with an engine like this, things could get seriously fun, seriously rapidly. Shoehorned into the rear end of this 11.15-foot-long exoskeletal gravel assault vehicle is the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the European-market fourth-generation Ford Focus ST. In the Focus, it makes 276 horsepower, but Ariel’s turned up the wick to 305 horsepower, should you wish to dial up Map Three. While a sequential transmission is on offer, a standard six-speed manual gearbox with a limited-slip differential routes all that grunt to the rear tires, while Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain meats are responsible for getting it to the actual ground.

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02 Ariel Nomad 2 Driving

The result, Ariel claims, will run from zero-to-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, top out at 134 mph, and weigh just 1,576 pounds. What’s more, with a 48-degree approach angle and a 64-degree departure angle, it will go pretty much anywhere you don’t need four-wheel-drive to go. Oh, and did I mention that the induction system for the engine is a mailbox-sized scoop directly next to your head?

05 Ariel Nomad 2 Driving

At £67,992 including VAT, the second-generation Ariel Nomad 2 isn’t cheap for a vehicle with no doors, no roof, and no windows aside from a windscreen. However, it does look like a brilliant way to spend the equivalent of, at the time of writing, $72,731 once you remove VAT and convert out to American currency. Expect to see it hurtling up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week. Aren’t you glad someone still knows how to simplify and add lightness?

01 Ariel Nomad 2 Driving 2

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Kaiserserserser
Kaiserserserser
1 day ago

Aside from having more money than you know what to do with, I’m struggling to see what the rationale would be for spending 70K on this thing versus 20-30K on something like a polaris RZR turbo that has similar power to weight ratio. The only obvious one I can think of is if this thing will be street legal you don’t have to mess with towing (but this thing would also be tiring to drive particularly far to a trail), but the RZR also has the benefit of 4wd if you want to do both desert high speed or mountain crawling.

Pisco Sour
Pisco Sour
1 day ago

Per the Ariel website, these are “not federalized for road use” in the US.

https://www.arielna.com/faq

Cerberus
Cerberus
1 day ago

I somehow forgot these existed! OK, there are two modern vehicles that I find seriously desirable and wish could be realistic daily drivers: this and the Morgan Super 3 and this would be easier to figure out something. I don’t even need the turbo, the regular 2.0 NA I had in the Focus SE put out 160 hp, which is about 10 lbs/hp in this.

Mike Harrell
Mike Harrell
1 day ago

“You might know Ariel for the…”

BSA Ariel 3? Is the answer BSA Ariel 3?

https://classic-motorbikes.net/bsa-ariel-3-what-were-they-thinking/

LTDScott
LTDScott
1 day ago

Every time I see the word “thrust” in context to cars, my mind goes here:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/millionaire-horsepower-llamathrust/

Óscar Morales Vivó
Óscar Morales Vivó
1 day ago

So if I were made of money and wanted a vehicle along these lines for for weekend mountain road carving, would it make more sense to get one of these and make it more road-friendly, or to get an Atom and make it more pothole friendly?

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
1 day ago

Why not both?

Óscar Morales Vivó
Óscar Morales Vivó
1 day ago
Reply to  MATTinMKE

The problem is that they are at both extremes and I want something in the middle. So I wonder what would be the best way to go about it.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
1 day ago

Road friendly Nomad. Better comfort because of the suspension travel, but still light & powerful.

Kaiserserserser
Kaiserserserser
23 hours ago

Maybe you could do like some track day people do and make a small tire trailer. Throw on some street tires for the drive to the offroading site, then when you get there swap on the knobby tires from your trailer and hit the trails(leaving the trailer chained up to a tree or something)

Bearddevil
Bearddevil
1 day ago

I only wish I could afford one of these. This would be a great runabout for the garbage infrastructure in my state, and plenty of fun on the fire roads.

V10omous
V10omous
1 day ago

I’m sorry, but what is the point of an off-road buggy that’s 2WD?

This thing looks sick, but seems like it wouldn’t be great for either on-road or off-road driving. So what is the point?

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
1 day ago
Reply to  V10omous

See: Every Dune Buggy Ever

V10omous
V10omous
1 day ago

I don’t get the point of those either, but at least they didn’t cost $72,000.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
1 day ago
Reply to  V10omous

OK, well what about Trophy Trucks?
https://youtu.be/ndRVUQjb1dU?si=Jay1R6EO0XBwt0kB

Sam Hoffman
Sam Hoffman
1 day ago
Reply to  V10omous

Also see the baja 1000 race.

The Dude
The Dude
1 day ago
Reply to  V10omous

You don’t need 4wd in a desert environment. Just added weight and complexity for minimal gain. Most desert racing trucks, buggies, Baja Bugs, etc. are 2wd.

V10omous
V10omous
1 day ago
Reply to  The Dude

Are there a lot of deserts in the UK?

Goblin
Goblin
1 day ago
Reply to  V10omous

More deserts in the UK than ranches and farms in Manhattan, and yet there are more pickup trucks in Manhattan than there would ever be Ariels anywhere.

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