The company that handles the US-spec manufacturing process has just announced the completion of the first Ariel Nomad off-roader in the country.
The enthusiasts looking for a completely new and “open” experience when indulging in their off-road passion can look forward to the moment they can acquire the hardcore Ariel Nomad. And that instance is drawing near now since TMI AutoTech, which also handles the Atom build for the US-spec model, has announced it is open towards taking orders for the lightweight, high-performance buggies. TMI handles the production under license – just like in Atom’s case – at its new facility in South Boston, Virginia. The Nomad – which is going to be featured in the revamped Top Gear show – uses a 2.4-liter Honda four cylinder that cranks 230 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. The mid-mounted power source is linked to the rear wheels via a six speed manual and tipping the scales at just 1,480 pounds, the Nomad will sprint to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds.
The models are technically legal depending on state legislation as kit car or custom build and prices start from $78,200 for the Sport version. There’s also the Tactical version going for $90,450 and this one has underbody protection, adjustable dampers, upgraded brakes, and roof-mounted lights. The first pre-production Nomad has been taken off the assembly line on May 17 and we can see it displaying its Tactical trim in the footage below.