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Kevin Hickey describes his first time behind the wheel of an Ariel Atom as "nothing you've ever driven."

"It's as close to a race car as most people are ever going to drive," he said.

TMI Auto Tech and Virginia International raceway have teamed up to provide a once in a lifetime experience to drive one of the fastest supercars in the world. The car can get up to 135 mph.

"Most of the people for the experience we had last year flew in from California, from Mexico from China. They are coming in from all over the place. We want to show that, 'Hey this is right in your backyard. It's something really cool to do,'" said Mark Swain, the owner of TMI.

You can go race on a track anywhere in the United States, but this is the only place you can come drive a car that has been proven to beat a Ferrari.

"It's lightweight, it's got a lot of power and its handling is really where it's at," said Swain.

Swain should know better than anyone. His company is the only manufacturer of the Ariel Atom in the U.S. and oversees the driving experience at VIR. There are only 200 of them in the country.

"It's $495 for a half day experience... that provides everything you need for the day. You just show up with a smile and you're going to leave with a bigger smile," said Swain.

from WSET Channel 13

Posted by on in Atom

TMI AutoTech, exclusive North American manufacturer of the Ariel Atom, together with Honda Performance Development (HPD) are pleased to announce the launching of an exciting new racing series that will provide grassroots racers with an affordable, competitive, wheel-to-wheel series.

Building on the incredible worldwide success of the Ariel Atom as an ultra-performance track-day car, the only next logical step is to transform it into a successful competition car.

The Spec Race Atom (SRA) competition vehicle builds on the Ariel Atom 3 production chassis with the addition of a SRA specific roll structure as well as other motorsport safety additions. Performance is kept reliable and consistent with the use of naturally-aspirated Honda K20 engines from HPD.

The 2011 Spec: RaceAtom series presented by Honda Racing/HPD will mark the first time in the 10 year history of the Ariel Atom that there has been an exclusive one-make series for this exciting vehicle.

Posted by on in VIR Driving Experience

TMI is very pleased to re-launch the popular Ariel Atom Experience driving events in 2011 in partnership with Virginia International Raceway.

In preparation for the season opening event on April 30th - TMI is working to complete a brand new fleet of 5 vehicles for these exciting events.

The AAE events are a great way for individuals, or groups, to get behind the wheel of an Ariel Atom on a real race track.

Below are some of the AAE cars in final assembly.

Ariel Atom Experience Fleet Build 2011

Posted by on in Manufacturing

TMI is pleased to offer a complete Porsche 997 Cage solution that will add safety and beauty to any track car.

The Porsche 997 platform is an incredibly popular vehicle for club racing and track-days and a logical step in the life cycle of a track car is to install a proper roll cage within the vehicle.

Not all roll cages are created equally….and an ill fitting roll cage can ruin the look of an otherwise nice car. The TMI cage solution “fits like a glove” and allows for maximum occupant space and a clean look.

Give us a call today and we can discuss how we can assist in providing a world-class cage for your 997.

997 roll frames

997 roll frames

 

Posted by on in Press & Media

autoblog review of 2010 Ariel Atom

Before we get into the actual meat and potatoes of this review, please know that the absolute absurdity of the Ariel Atom 3 is not lost on us. It starts out as a sordid collection of mild steel tubing and a somewhat unassuming 2.0-liter K20Z four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual, both pulled from the Honda parts bin. Throw in some fiberglass and a smattering of carbon fiber, four wheels, two lightweight racing seats with four-point harnesses, a steering wheel and some pedals, and that's just about it, save the optional windshield.

Getting into the driver's seat of the Ariel Atom is an interesting exercise. The car has no doors, no roof and no hood. It's like climbing into a four-wheeled jungle gym. Because of that, it's necessary to step on the driver's seat (wipe your feet, please) after throwing your leg over the high, unmovable latticework of tubes that make up the Atom's basic structure. However, once you learn the routine, it's not too difficult, and the payoff – something we've been aching to sample for more than a few years – is assuredly worth the effort.

So with visions of Jeremy Clarkson's misshapen face dancing in our brains, we unleashed the clutch in the Ariel Atom 3. And promptly stalled it.

Tagged in: Atom 3 reviews