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You’ll Want to Wander the Earth in the Ariel Nomad

by Sam Jemielity

British motor company Ariel kicked off 2015 with the launch of the Nomad, its second auto and third vehicle to go along with the Atom and the Ace motorcycle. Building on their philosophy of stripping down a sports car to its pure naked essence inaugurated by the Atom, the engineers at Ariel set their sights on a car that can tackle daily driving as well as the harshest rally conditions. Boy, did they deliver.

Need evidence? Just watch this first drive of the car that Evo host Henry Catchpole aptly calls “beautifully bonkers” through the English countryside. With many sports car enthusiasts (myself included) perking up at ever growing horsepower and torque statistics pouring out of the world’s leading automakers, it’s truly amazing what an exhilarating automobile Ariel’s team can build around the 2.4-liter, 235-horsepower Honda engine you’ll find in a Civic SI.

No surprise, Catchpole can’t contain his enthusiasm about the Nomad, with the wind whipping through the wide open cockpit, blazing past grazing sheep on a perfect blue sky day, showing off every immaculate detail from the pedals to the gear shift to the exhaust note. Not to mention thanks to its sturdy bronze-welded tubular frame, that Nomad is just as comfortable in rally conditions as idyllic hillsides, although Catchpole’s only off-roading here takes place in a gravelly turnaround. Definitely a car in which to wander the Earth.

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