Honda UK has renewed its exclusive engine supply deal with the Ariel Motor Company.
The deal extends a 16 year partnership between the two companies and will see both the Nomad and Atom keep their high-revving i-Vtec Honda powerplants as well as continue the supply of engines for the Ace motorcycle.
Ariel's founder Simon Saunders commented on the renewal of the deal saying "Our customers are hugely passionate about driving so the engine is everything. When we tell new customers that it's a Honda they simply nod and move on to the next question. They just know that it works. Switching to Honda engines is one of the best decisions that we've ever made. It's a brand that can't be matched for performance and bulletproof reliability and we're delighted that this success is set to continue well into the future."
The base variant of the Ariel Atom uses a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine that produces 245bhp while the top end variant bolts on a supercharger to the engine upping the power to 350bhp which pushes the Atom to 100km/h in 2.7 seconds and keeps on pushing to a top speed of 250km/h.
The offroading Nomad uses a 2.4-litre engine producing 235bhp which can be upped to 290bhp with the optional supercharger. The Ace motorcycle uses the 1237cc V4 engine from a VFR1200F that produces 173bhp and sends the Ace onward to a top speed of 265km/h.