British brand Ariel Motor Company, known for its “Spartan” supercar Atom, decided to try his hand outside the racing tracks.
At the auto show Autosport International Show in Birmingham UK company presented the original buggy Nomad. Structurally, the novelty is not much different from the track Atom. Space frame acts as a bearing element, but the elements of the chassis – completely new. Provide off-road ability novelty is designed suspension travel and high ground clearance. The list of suppliers – such well-known manufacturers of components, as Bilstein (shock absorbers) and Eibach (springs). Tenaciously hold on to the road car will help the 15-inch wheels with off-road tires dimension 235/75.
Compared to the vehicle is shorter Atom (-195 mm), but above (230 mm) and wider (22 mm). Dimensions Ariel Nomad (L / W / B) – 3215/1850/1425 mm. The value of the wheelbase – 2348 mm (3 mm). Traditionally, the company paid much attention to the problem of weight, resulting in a curb weight of the car does not exceed 670 kilograms (in Atom – 520 kg). This was made possible by the widespread use in the construction of aluminum and composite materials.
For sports “buckets” of the driver and sole occupant is located 2.4-liter 238-strong “Four” iVTEC from Honda, which is paired with a 6-step “mechanics”. This tandem provides car speed over 200 km / h and acceleration to first “hundred” takes 3.4 seconds. By the way, Honda is a supplier of engines and Ariel Atom.
According to the head of Ariel Motor Simon Saunders, Nomad is addressed to people “who want to enjoy the ride as usual on the track and on the road.” In an interview with Autocar, he boldly declared that “well finalized Nomad will be able to adequately address the “Dakar”. Maybe he did not come first, but gets to the finish line in good condition. “Novelty sales start in the summer. Superbaggi rated at 27,500 pounds ($ 42 thousand.)