Cars like the Ariel Nomad have hitherto been reserved for special stages and open expanses of the southern US.

They’re hard work, one-dimensional and often DIY-build only. So the Nomad is a revelation: a pukka, beautifully finished sandrail/buggy/track car that excels regardless of the situation in which you use it. And it’s no more challenging a proposition than a ready-built radio-controlled buggy, thanks to the way Ariel puts them together and looks after its customers.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Get the Nomad on the road, where it’s also sensational, or loose ground, where it’s best of all, and it excels on another level.

Plenty of our testers would pick a Nomad to play with on a circuit before they’d consider a dozen high-profile sports cars and supercars, and that’s not even the Nomad’s home turf. Get it on the road, where it’s also sensational, or loose ground, where it’s best of all, and it excels on another level.

The key to it is that it’s not just technically accomplished and not just huge amounts of fun; it’s both at the same time.

No other car lets you take so much joy from so few components.

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