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Rezvani Teases Beast Alpha

Rezvani has been on a roll when it comes to expanding its ferocious lineup of Beast offerings, and the California based firm appears to have yet another road devouring offering in the works with the company releasing a lone teaser image of its all new Beast Alpha.

As is the case with the company’s other Beast offerings, the Alpha most likely starts life as a stripped down Atom which has been shrouded in a custom coach built body. However, unlike other Rezvani models, the Beast Alpha stands out thanks to several unique features. These include forward sliding ‘sidewinder’ doors, a removable hardtop, and air conditioning.  Naturally, the extra amenities increases the Beast Alpha’s curb weight by several hundred pounds when compared to its brethren, but Rezvani reps claim that the car still retains its lightweight reputation with the Alpha allegedly being 50 pounds below a ton.

Performance for the Beast Alpha comes from a tweaked and mid-mounted version of the Atom’s 2.4 liter supercharged Honda engine which promises to deliver 500 horsepower. This figure would put the Alpha in the middle of the Beast lineup with the car directly between the base 300 horsepower Speedster, and the range topping 700 horsepower Beast X. In short, it’ll be the proverbial Goldilocks model in the Beast lineup.

In addition to its potent power, the Beast Alpha is also capable of impressive levels of performance with Rezvani claiming that the Alpha can pounce its way to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds which is impressive considering the extra weight that the Alpha is carrying in comparison to its more track focused siblings. The Alpha also closes a void in Rezvani’s lineup, and adds a middle ground option to those that want to have more power than the base Speedster, but don’t have the financial resources to go all in on the Beast X.

Look for full details to be released when the Alpha makes its formal debut on November 16th. Pricing is expected to fall in the low six figure range for a base Alpha which is on par for other entries in its unique vehicle segment.

Ariel Announces Supercharged Nomad Variant

It is no secret that while the Ariel Atom can certainly hustle down your local racing circuit when equipped with a turbocharger, it is the supercharger that truly brings out the Atom’s full potential. The soundtrack of the supercharger as well as its lightweight tubular skeleton helps give occupants a unique driving experience and is a key part of the Atom’s success story.

With this established history of offering supercharging in its models, it was only a matter of time before the British sports car maker extended the option to its off-road oriented offering the Ariel Nomad. According to the folks at Autocar, The tweaked engine is capable of producing 290 horsepower, and an equally impressive 251 lb-ft of torque. This is a gain of 55 horsepower and 30 lb-ft respectively and allows the Nomad to make the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. Other than the tweaked performance hardware, The Nomad is otherwise unchanged, with the exterior styling still doing an excellent job of combining off-road oriented features with featherweight handling virtues.

Buyers that choose to add the supercharger will see the base price of their 30,000 pound Nomad ($46,300) go up by 6,000 Pounds ($9,500). In addition according to the folks at Autocar, owners of existing Nomads can retrofit the supercharger to their rides but Ariel is not commenting on how much it would cost for such a procedure. Regardless of the price, the chance to conquer the beaten path at even crazier velocities sounds exciting to us, and it should please Nomad fans as well.

Ariel Nomad Off Roader Revealed, Set To Debut January 9th

Ever wondered what would happen if the Ariel Atom decided to take its welterweight driving talents to the world of off roading? Well the folks at Ariel have answered that question by unveiling the Ariel Nomad, a new model that is designed to dominate off road trails and other rough terrain when it makes its official debut January 9th.

The exterior styling of the Nomad retains the minimalist yet functional exterior design that has become an iconic cue of other Atom models as well as its ladder frame. However to help prepare it for duties off the beaten path, Ariel engineers have made several modifications to the Nomad including big knobby off road tires, reinforcement of the underbody and roll cage, as well as a sturdy front mounted brush guard. Our lone concern is that unlike other off road models that are almost always hooked up to an all-wheel drive system, the Nomad appears to retain the rear-wheel drive layout used by the standard Atom which could put it at a disadvantage in some situations.

Despite this apparent disadvantage, Ariel is confident in their new off roader revealing that the company has done extensive testing to hone the Nomad to perfection “We’ve done quite a bit of testing on forest tracks and rally stages and the results have been extremely encouraging” said Henry Siebert-Saunders son of Ariel chief Simon Saunders in a statement to the publication Autocar. He also admits that while the Nomad is 2WD it will not be a handicap claiming “We know the car is quick and stable. But it is still a two-wheel drive vehicle. We look forward to discovering how it performs in genuine off-road conditions – in mud or crawling over rocks compared with a traditional 4×4.

While it is unknown what will be powering the Nomad, Autocar claims that the trend towards Honda engines will continue, and that the Nomad will use a 2.4 liter engine that will most likely make over 200 horsepower. A six speed manual gearbox (also from Honda) is standard equipment as well as a Nomad exclusive limited-slip differential. As expected from a car in its niche but elite class, look for more extreme and optional equipment to gradually emerge during the Nomad’s time in production. The wide track all independent suspension layout is largely carried over from the Atom street car, but Ariel engineers have added new hardware and tweaked the geometry to accommodate the Nomad’s unique dimensions. Official curb weight stats for the Nomad have so far not been released, but expect the car to only be slightly heavier than the Atom which should please enthusiasts that were concerned about a noticeable increase in weight due to the Nomad’s off road spec equipment.  In fact look for the Nomad to have four times the power to weight ratio of a Land Rover Defender, an impressive feat considering how radically different the Nomad and the iconic Defender are from one another.

After the Nomad makes its official debut in January, look for pricing and other official specs to be released closer to the Nomad’s official launch date. The Nomad answers a question few have asked but it looks awesome and we look forward to hearig more about it in the future.