This bare-bone vehicle is the Ariel Nomad, arguably the ultimate dune buggy for off-road adventures. Packing some serious power, it puts many sports cars to shame.
The Nomad is based on the Atom and rides on a bronze-welded, reinforced version of the track car’s frame. Aside some minor modifications, all its basic mechanicals carryover from the Atom.
A long-travel suspension, increased ground clearance, full roll cage, and high-profile tires round out its impressive build. Now on to power…
Dune buggies aren’t known for packing big power, but the Nomad is not your typical buggy. Breathing under its small hood is a Honda-sourced, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower and 221 lb-ft. (300 Nm) of torque, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential.
With a curb weight of just 1,477 lbs (670 kg), the British-made super dune buggy can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 mph (201 km/h). How many sports cars do you know that are that fast, let alone buggies?
The function-oriented interior is very minimalist, featuring a digital instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering wheel, and two bucket seats. Buyers can opt for either right- or left-hand drive.
The Ariel Nomad has a starting price of £33,000 with (20 percent) VAT in the UK, which roughly converts to $50,000 / €42,000. Likely worth every penning, it’s a sweet ride for the rugged outdoors.
6 Small Automakers that Challenge the Status Quo
Beneath the automobile industry’s upper crust, where big names like Toyota, GM, Volkswagen, Ford, Honda, and Hyundai rule the roost, there is a vibrant world of smaller manufacturers designing and building specialty cars. The cars that they make, generally speaking, are not for the mainstream but mostly unique luxury/sports cars or vehicles designed for city use.
As with everything in life, of the hundreds of small car companies out there in the world, only a handful truly stand out. Working with Earnhardt of Gilbert, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep dealer in Gilbert, AZ, we have put together a list of 6 that are definitely worth knowing about and keeping an eye on.
Car enthusiasts and fans of supercars in general may be familiar with Koenigsegg, the Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars credited with making one of the world’s fastest cars. The Koenigsegg One:1 (pictured), a sibling of the Agera, has been dubbed the world’s first megacar, being able to produce around 1,341 horsepower and 1011 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a neck-snapping 2.5 seconds!
Quite the accomplishment for a company that only employs around 70 full-time staff, won’t you say?
Founded in 1979, Caterham specializes in building open two-seater roadsters. Their cars are fundamentally designed for racing but certain amenities are added for more comfortable street use. Caterham has a small network of dealers but many cars are sold direct from the factory.
Despite being hand-built, Caterham cars don’t have stratospheric prices. In fact, the company’s Seven 280 model starts at around $34,000.
Based in Spokane, Washington, Commuter Cars makes a single model called the Tango. It’s a funny-looking car, but don’t let its diminutive proportions fool you — small vehicles like the Tango could go a long way toward cleaning up our cities of congestion and pollution.
It’s an all-electric EV with a driving range of 120 miles at 60 mph. The most surprising thing? Get this, the Tango can reach 60 from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds — faster than most sports cars and supercars!
Mastretta Cars isn’t well known but it is gaining in notoriety. A division of a Mexican engineering firm, the company currently only has one product to its name: The Mastretta MXT. The MXT is a small sports car that’s at home on the race track. Built using lightweight materials, and equipped with a 2.0-liter, 250 HP engine sourced from Ford, it has a top speed of more than 161 miles per hour.
Ariel Motor Company
Like Caterham, Ariel Motors specializes in small, race-inspired roadsters, with its most famous model being the Atom. As the company’s bread and butter product, the potent little sports car seems to be gaining in popularity, with the police force in the UK acquiring several for their fleet.
Ariel’s product portfolio has recently broadened with the introduction of a motorcycle called the Ace.
Renovo is a competitor to Tesla Motors, and the Renovo Coupe is the Silicon Valley-based company’s first vehicle. Like the Tesla Roadster, it’s an all-electric sports car that boasts some remarkable specs. For example, its 500 HP engine produces 1,000 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to rocket to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds.
Renovo is very young, so here’s hoping this is just the beginning of more great, forward-looking cars.
U.K. Police Fleet Gets Ultra-Cool Ariel Atom Police Car
While the filthy rich Dubai Police Force patrols the streets of its Middle Eastern Oasis with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bugattis and McLarens, the U.K. fleet gets something akin to a go-kart, an Ariel Atom! Though not an exotic supercar, the crime-fighting Atom police car is just as radical, if not more.
To blend in with the rest oh the fleet, the one-off, high-performance British track car is equipped with police livery, emergency lights and a siren. Powering its superlight, 1,212 lb (550 kg) body is a Honda-sourced 2.0-liter engine that produces 350 horsepower, enough to launch it from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.5 seconds. Few lead-footed perpetrators could ever dream of escaping from this Atom in a chase.
But as impressive as that looks and sounds, don’t expect to see the ultra-cool police car engaged in any fast-speed chases, seeing that it was created for the Safer Rider campaign sorely to promote motorcycle safety.
“We’re just about to launch an all new Ariel motorcycle and we want our bikes and customers to be as safe as they possibly can be as well, so this message is important to us. There’s always one certain loser in a motorcycle collision and that’s the motorcyclist,” explains Ariel’s boss Simon Saunders.
The Atom PL might just be the coolest police vehicle we have ever seen. Have you seen anything cooler?
Rezvani Beast is a Beastly Ariel Atom Worthy of its Name
The Rezvani BEAST is truly a beast, in part because it’s based on the impressive Ariel Atom. As a sports car, it’s striking, very lightweight and powerful.
Designed by Samir Sadikhov, a highly talented young designer known for such other projects as the Aston Martin DBC and Ferrari Xerzi concepts, the Beast’s slick carbon fiber body features a low-friction front fascia with slender headlights, body lines that extend out to create a streamlined appearance, and an aggressive rear diffuser. The exterior also boasts a removable windshield and 19-inch PUR RS05 wheels.
Power comes from either a 315 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or a 500 hp 2.4-liter supercharged unit, both of which are mid-mounted. Thanks in part to its 1,550 lb (703 kg) curb weight, the BEAST 500 can rocket from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 2.7 seconds, while the 1,470 lbs (666 kg) BEAST 300 does the deed in in only 2.9 seconds.
For some perspective on just how fast that is, consider that the excessive Bugatti Veyron accelerates to 62 mph (92 km/h) in roughly 2.6 seconds.
The first two units of the Rezvani BEAST will be launch editions costing $99,500 for the Beast 300 and $124,900 for the Beast 500. Interestingly, the standard models will have a higher price of $119,000 and $139,000, respectively.