Watch Rory Reid Rip Up A Rally Stage In An Ariel Nomad

Road Trip

Taming an Ariel Nomad through a rally stage looks like terrific fun - but be prepared to get muddy.

Newcomer Rory Reid was criminally underused in last year’s Top Gear season. With Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc taking center stage, Reid didn’t even appear on the show until episode three. His first film looking at the new Ford Focus RS was worth the wait however, and he continued to prove himself with memorable films such as his recreation of the Jaguar E-Type's journey to Geneva. It seems that the producers have realized Reid’s potential – judging from the new Top Gear season trailer, he will have a much bigger role.

He also now has his own online series, exploring some of the best driving roads in the world in the aptly named 'Rory Reid’s Road Trips'. As you’d expect, this involves Reid visiting a variety of exotic locations. Last week saw him pretend to be James Bond, taking the Aston Martin Rapide S across the Furka Pass in Switzerland used in Goldfinger.

You Might Also Like
Porsche Wanted To Build An SUV 45 Years Before The Cayenne Arrived
Porsche Wanted To Build An SUV 45 Years Before The Cayenne Arrived
The Greatest Two-Door SUVs That Failed In America
The Greatest Two-Door SUVs That Failed In America

This week’s location isn't quite as glamorous. Reid takes the rugged Ariel Nomad, an off-road variant of the Ariel Atom, for a spin across the narrow, twisty roads of the Elan Valley in Wales. As he describes it, the Nomad is "the ultimate car for anybody who wants to get up close and personal with their surroundings." But as Wales is home to some of the greatest rally stages on Earth, it would have been rude of Reid not to visit one. An insane open wheel off-roader packing 230 horsepower and weighing next to nothing, the Nomad comes into its element here with the help of eight-time Rally America Champion David Higgins.

The rally champion makes navigating the treacherous stage and narrowly avoiding trackside trees look impossibly easy. But as fun as it looks, the Nomad probably isn’t the most ideal rally car since it doesn’t have any doors. Even the windshield is an optional extra. If you’re thinking of taking it out onto a dirt track, prepare to get very muddy.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

Students Create 600-HP Honda Civic Hybrid Rallycross Machine

Deep Orange 9 is our kind of school project.

Is The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Way More Powerful Than Advertised?

Jaguar claims the super sedan has 592 horsepower under the hood.

What's Hot