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Every year I am not sure why I am amazed at how time has flown by…….but it always surprises me how quickly the year slips away. Thinking about this I started to reflect on what accomplishments happened this year…..and I came up with an informal list of cool things that occurred at TMI AutoTech in 2014.

  •           Built the 68th Spec Race Atom car
  •           Sold chassis AA30227 for Atom 3s (and counting……)
  •           Completed the 4th full season of the VIR Cup Spec Race Atom race season Presented by Honda Racing/HPD
  •           We were invited to compete at exhibition races with the SCCA at both the Summer Speedfest and the American Road Race of Champions
  •           Released the Turbo Charged 365hp Atom 3S to the world in October - (I had the pleasure of test driving it at the drag strip and around VIR) J
  •           Expanded internal capabilities with the addition of numerous new staff members; we are up over 20 people now!
  •           Expanded our internal machining capabilities with a new 4-axis CNC mill
  •           Launched TMI Motorsport Service division to look after Atoms as well as a wide variety of track and exotic cars

I know there is more….but those items stand out as the most memorable……but what also sticks in my head as memorable is the number of hours everyone at TMI AutoTech worked to get things moving; from future planning to daily jobs our staff worked hard. Thank you.

2015 has many new and exciting projects in the works, in addition to a continued effort to keep the Ariel Atom at the top of the heap. Stay tuned…….ATOM3s clipped black whitelogocd

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“Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

Mario Andretti

We all want something – that new 100 inch television, the new golf clubs that promise to lengthen your drive by 500%, the new cell phone that will make your life 1000 times easier – but how do we fulfill these desires, and more importantly, are we focused on the right things?

In my first month here at TMI AutoTech I have had some time to reflect on the path that brought me here. I desired to be out of retail sales, to have greater responsibility, and to make a better living for me and my growing family. But desire was not enough; it was only by understanding why what I desired was important to me that I was able to realize the source of these desires and work towards my goal – stability, contentment, satisfaction in work and in my personal life.

Mario Andretti hit the nail on the head; it is not only desire that leads us to success, it is hard work, determination, and most importantly “a commitment to excellence” that allows us to attain it. This commitment to excellence is woven into the very fabric that makes up TMI AutoTech. From the ground up every component is hand crafted to exacting standards, whether it is something huge like the chassis or something miniscule like the nuts and bolts holding it all together. Our desire is to build each and every Atom to an exacting standard; this desire is gratified only through the determination and commitment to excellence portrayed by each member of our team, day after day.

For more information about the Ariel Atom or any of our offerings here at TMI AutoTech, give me a call at (434)822-9130.

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There is a lot that goes into the manufacturing of an Atom, but have you ever really stopped to think, just how much? Sure, there are a lot of labor hours in fabricating the chassis, component installation, and overall vehicle assembly; but what I'm talking about are the parts that make up these extraordinary vehicles.

TMI AutoTech has upwards of 5,000 different part numbers in our system that can be used in the production of an Atom. That's right, between individual parts and what goes into different sub-assemblies, there are more than 5,000 part numbers to keep up with. So let's meet the people that keep up with the organizing, storage, and purchasing of the parts and materials that go into building the Atom.

Richard Clark – Warehouse Associate

Richard has been employed here for three years, his duties include the shipping and receiving of just about anything that comes through the doors at TMI AutoTech. As you may imagine, Richard stays very busy checking in items to make sure they are correct and in good condition, as well as putting items away for storage and finding warehouse space for everything from bolts and washers to a complete Atom. Rich grew up around racing and enjoys being in a position within motorsports.

Shelia Kirk – Purchaser

Shelia's is responsible for creating purchase orders for items as well as acquiring new suppliers. She has been with the company for 5-years and interacts with vendors on a daily basis, which is the favorite part of the job for her. So whether it's ordering office supplies or machine oil, Shelia is the person to go to here at TMI AutoTech.

If you want more behind the scenes information on the Ariel Atom make sure to "Like" our page on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter.

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This week many of us will sit down at the table with friends and family for a day of celebration, reflection, and relaxation (and football).  I won’t regale you with stale complaints about how the meaning of Thanksgiving has changed, how Black Friday and the rise of retail have spoiled the spirit of the season, how advertisements for sales have ruined our collective consciousness – I would rather focus on the true meaning of the season, on what we have to be thankful for. 

 This year the team here at TMI AutoTech have plenty to be appreciative of, and that starts with the customers and clients that have been integral in the growth of our business over the past seven years.  Every division within TMI AutoTech has grown, from fabrication to motorsports services to manufacturing, and – something I am particularly thankful for – we have added a new sales division.  And the one thing that all of us here at TMI AutoTech are especially thankful for is the completion of development on our first home-grown model, the Atom 3S.

 As we continue to grow and transform we look forward to and are thankful for the opportunities given to us through the loyalty of our clients.  In order to reward this loyalty and to add some new names to the list of happy Atom owners we are offering a $2,500 option credit for all orders received from Friday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 3rd.  To take advantage of this credit, just send an email with the subject line “Option Credit Order” to David in our Vehicle Sales Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will follow up with you to confirm your order and option choices.


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Looking for a place to race? Looking for competitive spec racing? Great – this is the position we were in 4 years ago; our solution was to start the Spec:RaceAtom series presented by Honda Racing/HPD.

Up until 2011 there was no race series designed specifically for the Atom….and with TMI AutoTech being located at Virginia International Raceway, and run by a group of racers it was a natural progression to make this a reality. In December of 2010 we released the details for the series, as well as the new car designed with safety and reliability in mind. The Spec:RaceAtom (or SRA for short) car was born!

Fast forward to June of 2011 and the first green flag was thrown on the Spec:RaceAtom series; the first Atom racing series in the world. 13 cars took the green flag that day on the South Course at VIR….and we have not looked back since with more cars, and faster lap times!

Races have been taken place steadily over the past 4 years with the VIR Cup contesting 10 races annually at VIR, the Winter Series providing 6 races annually at Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch in Las Vegas, and most recently the series has been invited to run exhibition races with the SCCA at both Barber Motorsport Park and Road Atlanta for the American Road Race of Champions.

The final race of the 2014 VIR Cup takes place next Saturday and Sunday – this will close out the 4th successful season for the Series. The racing action continues to get closer and closer…..with competition at all positions throughout the grid. Racers come from a broad background with different goals as they take to the track…..but the common theme is that they enjoy the performance and reliability of the Atom, in addition to the off track camaraderie. Currently there are close to 70 SRA cars delivered to clients across the country – if you are looking for a track car…have a look. Many SRA owners compete in the racing events as well as numerous HPDE events throughout the year.

Thank you to all the racers, sponsors, and helpers who have made Atom racing a reality. Look for the final championship results next week….and the 2015 schedule to be released shortly.


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