Following the launch of the Nomad in 2015 and the supercharged version in 2016 Ariel Motor Company has announced the ultimate version – the Nomad R.

As a limited edition of just five cars, the Nomad R with feature an increase in power to 335bhp, a six-speed sequential Sadev gearbox and Bilstein MDS dampers taking the R version of the Nomad to yet more extreme levels of performance. Designed and tuned to ‘Tarmac Rally’ specifications the Nomad R gives ultimate performance in an on/off-road car biased towards road and track use.

Said Henry Siebert-Saunders, manager of Nomad development; “We’ve used knowledge gained from over five years of the Nomad, fifteen years of supercharging Honda engines and the Atom 3.5R drivetrain to make this a truly staggering car.  It’s incredibly quick but also very driveable and above all serious fun.”

As with all Ariel products the Nomad R has a Honda engine at its heart. Differing from the standard Nomad, which features a 2.4-litre Honda K24 engine, the Nomad R has a K20-Z3 2-litre engine fitted with Ariel’s own Eaton Type, twin lobe supercharger system.

Running at 11psi intake boost the engine produces 335bhp at 7600rpm and 330Nm of torque at 5500rpm. A fabricated aluminium air to water charge cooler is fitted to optimise intake temperatures.

Power is up by 100bhp on the standard car and torque is up by 90Nm. The power delivery, reliability and durability of the Ariel/Honda supercharged installation has been proven over the last fifteen years, starting with the Atom 2 and culminating in the Atom 3.5R.

Revised ergonomics and the latest individual, lightweight Atom 4 seats feature in the Nomad R together with full harness seat belts.  Bodywork is a mix of composite and rotationally moulded parts with high vulnerability areas designed to take abuse and Nomad R graphics complete the package. A range of options is available to individualise each car to customer requirements.

“Our aim was to give maximum acceleration and in-gear performance, rather than outright top speed,” said Henry, “Feedback from our customers shows that top speed is becoming increasingly academic and even on many UK tracks it’s limited.

“We can alter gear ratios if required, but the Nomad R set up suits both the car and its intended use.  t’s not only extraordinarily rapid but it will put a smile on your face which underlines our company motto – SERIOUS FUN.”

Priced from £77,400 inc VAT Nomad R is limited to just FIVE cars and there’s a good chance that once you read this, they’ll have been sold!

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