Working within motorsports....particularly manufacturing the Ariel Atom on a daily basis allows us to see, and be involved with, some pretty neat projects. One of these projects is coming together very well...and we are anxiuos to see the results.
A little over 6 years ago on one my first trips to VIR I met a person in the paddock and we discussed Atoms, racing, and general bench racing. A few years later he and his son visited TMI to discuss the Ariel Atom again - still as avid fans...but no Ariel Atom in their garage yet. Fast forward another year or so....and we were discussing how they may wish to have an Ariel Atom built for the One Lap of America race. Bingo - cool project - let's go!
This car has now been built - and the father son duo have been testing the car at various tracks so far with great results. The event is in May so they still have some time to dial in this unique Ariel Atom.
Please be sure to follow the progress of this car as the race starts at www.facebook.com/thearielatom as well as follow the team directly at www.facebook.com/brockyatestributefund The team is working with the Brock Yates Tribute fund to raise funds for Alzheimer's research.
Good luck in the event!
Here is a release that has gone out on the project:
TMI AutoTech Works With Race Team to Build A One Lap Of America Contender
For Immediate Release March 4, 2014
TMI AutoTech is pleased to announce its support of an Ariel
Atom that will compete within the challenging Brock Yates One Lap of America motorsport
This event brings a very unique challenge to the world of
motorsport as it covers multiple tracks in a time trial format during the week
Taking into consideration the nature of the competition it
was decided that a unique vehicle configuration would be required. "Reliability, safety, and the ability to get
up to speed quickly during the time trials are all factors we combined"
explains Mark Swain, VP Sales & Marketing – TMI AutoTech in the approach to build an Ariel Atom for this event. TMI worked with the client to understand what
may be thrown at the drivers during this race.
The end result is an Ariel Atom that has been labeled with the chassis #OLOA001 to designate its
pure focus on the One Lap of America event.
A high-revving HPD Spec 2.4L engine mated to a close ratio
transmission will act as the propulsion for this lightweight supercar, while a
Bosch Motorsport ABS system will assist with maximum deceleration. A fully welded roll structure surround the driver
compartment which features solid mounted aluminum road race seats for the
drivers who are tucked behind the bespoke windshield of the Ariel Atom. The full speciation list is extensive.
"TMI is excited to watch this car in action and wishes the
team the best" exclaims Swain. "We feel that the Ariel Atom is well suited to
Watch for updates on the event at www.facebook.com/thearielatom
About TMI AutoTech, Inc:
TMI AutoTech, Inc. is an established, owner-managed and
operated Virginia corporation, located within the industrial business complex
at Virginia International Raceway. With a focus on manufacturing, and a passion
for motorsports, TMI is well equipped as both a specialty motorsport component
manufacturer and vehicle complete manufacturer.
In addition to manufacturing TMI also operates driving
events at Virginia International Raceway that provide the opportunity for
individuals to get on-track behind the wheel of race-prepped Ariel Atoms.
Founded in 2008 by David Goadby, Brent Gates, and Mark Swain
to build the Ariel Atom supercar the company has continued to expand with a
mandate to build quality products while providing gainful employment to current
staff. TMI's 20,000 Sq.ft facility houses fabrication, machining, service, and
TMI AutoTech, Inc