Top Gear Freddie Flintoff gets behind the wheel of road-legal off-road buggy

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The hosts will be tasked with finding the ultimate off-road model with Mr Flintoff bringing off-road buggy to the party. The Ariel Nomad is one of the most extreme looking road-legal models available on the market but was more than a match for the standard models.

Mr Flintoff jokes he wasn’t able to see through his goggles when driving in the buggy but still claims he “picked the best car”.

He said: “It was a film about off-road cars and the others made obvious choices like they always do.

“Chris went for a safe option, a Land Rover Defender, which is a capable car off-road, but we know that already.

“Paddy went for a Mercedes G63 SUV which I think says a lot about Paddy as a person.

“I had the Ariel Nomad, which was cold admittedly, but it was so much fun, I picked the best car by far.

“It’s got no roof or doors, so you have to climb in and out of it, but I was wrapped up to keep me warm and a big hat.

“It’s almost like just being sat outside, you’re 4x4ing but you’re immersed in it rather than sitting in a big comfy seat listening to Smooth FM.

“I loved driving it, and just getting the chance to drive through Scotland.

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“I’ve spent a lot of time up there in the last couple of years and it’s stunning.”

Ariel says the car is a modern buggy designed for the rough and tough of the wild but is still just at home in the city.

They say the Nomad is half a competition model and half road car with a complete safety cage protecting owners no matter what the journey.

Installed with a 2.4 K24 Honda engine, the model delivers 235bhp and over 7,200 rpm.

This delivers a top speed of 125mph with the car capable of 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds.

The model has a six-speed gearbox and aluminium racing pedal brakes.

The car is also fitted with 12-inch spoke alloy front and rear wheels, fabricated wishbones and mudguards.

An added feature of the Ariel Nomad is the ability for customisation when purchased from new.

The Nomad can be tailor-made to a buyer’s individual specifications with different wheel and tyre options available for every palette.

However, co-host Chris Harris staked his claim to having the best off-roader behind the wheel of the new Land Rover Defender.

The model is fitted with a range of advanced technology such as 4G connectivity and advanced climate control features for extra comfort.

But the cost could be a sticking point with Land Rover setting a price tag of over £43,000 for the new model.

In comparison, the Ariel Nomad can be secured for just under £34,000 albeit with fewer features.

Chris Harris said: “Scotland was good fun. We were using off-roaders off-road, which is quite a rare thing.

“I was quite lucky I had the right vehicle – the Land Rover Defender is quite handy.”

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