Honda (UK) and Ariel Motor Company have renewed their exclusive engine supply deal, which has been around for about 16 years. The renewed partnership entails the Civic Type R engine and the Civic 2.4 engine providing power for Ariel’s Atom and off-road Nomad, respectively.
Ariel has been using, as standard, the Civic Type R engine to power its Atom flagship since 2003. Now, Ariel will be using the Civic 2.4 unit that will serve as the heart of the new off-road Nomad. Entry-level Atom base models employ an entirely untouched engine.
Ariel can tune the ECU and exhaust of this engine to provide 245 bhp with Ariel-tuned ECU and exhaust; or supercharge it to either 310bhp or 350bhp to allow the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than 2.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of over 155 mph.
The renewed partnership between the two known brands comes as they both celebrate the roll off of the 1,500th Honda-powered Ariel from its Somerset facility. Each Ariel vehicle is painstakingly hand-crafted for between 100 to 200 hours by eight highly skilled technicians.
Each Ariel vehicle is made to order and could be assembled in thousands of possible configurations, which means that no two Ariels are the same. One great thing about an Ariel vehicle is that it is very affordable and yet is fast. Moreover, it could run at a track day with almost no maintenance.
Ariel founder Simon Saunders quipped that the carmaker’s customers are passionate about driving, which means the engine is everything. He noted that when customers are told that a Honda engine lies underneath the hood, they won’t ask further. He said that switching to Honda engines is one of the best decisions that Ariel has made.
He remarked that Honda is a brand unparalleled for performance and reliability. Philip Crossman, managing director of Honda (UK), described the Ariel brand as an incredible British success story, having a history and pedigree in building well-loved bespoke machines. He quipped that Honda and Ariel are a perfect match, especially in terms of engineering expertise and reputation for unrivalled performance and reliability, as well as durability.
Crossman noted that the fact Ariel chose the Japanese brand over others is a huge endorsement for Honda. Ariel recently launched the Ace motorcycle that is also exclusively powered by a V4 1237cc Honda unit that provides 173bhp to allow this bike to achieve a top speed of 165mph.