Atlanta Motorsports Park debuts first Spec Race Atoms in Deep South

A glimpse of things to come

By Freddie Heaney
Photographs by Moore Good Ink

Atlanta Motorsports Park

Atlanta Motorsports Park: Since its inception, the AMP 1.97-mile race track was wisely set low in the earth and surrounded by a sound barrier.

 

 

 

Atlanta motorsport storage, AMP additions,  1.97-mile race track

With 110 garages already rented, another 40 are planned for erection in 8 months’ time together with a club house, conference center, control tower, pool, play area, and sports court.

Spec Race Atom, Atlanta Driving Experience,

The Spec Race Atoms have been purchased by the Atlanta Driving Experience, who will begin by operating them two days per month and handling eight students per day.

Founders of the Spec Race Atom, TMI AutoTech,  Mark Swain, Brent Gates

Founders of the Spec Race Atom, TMI AutoTech’s Mark Swain and Brent Gates, arrived to initiate the program.

Atom racing Sign-in, ride along

Signing-up began mid-morning. At 2pm five Atoms began taking passengers on the track and worked constantly until 5pm. Approximately 70 enthusiasts enjoyed the thrills.  All proceeds donated to charity.

John Buckett, Atlanta Driving Experience.

“I liked them so much I bought five!” John Buckett (left) of the Atlanta Driving Experience.

Atlanta Motorsports Park,  founder, CEO,  Jeremy Porter and daughter Zoe

Atlanta Motorsports Park founder and CEO Jeremy Porter and daughter Zoe

TMI Autotech had this 53ft rig specifically constructed for Ariel Atom transportation. It carries six cars.

TMI Autotech had this 53ft rig specifically constructed for Ariel Atom transportation. It carries six cars.

“Ariel Atom car maker TMI Autotech has been running their Driving Experience program since around 2007 and had it perfected by 2008. My company, Atlanta Driving Experience, will adopt a similar program at AMP.” John Buckett

“Ariel Atom car maker TMI Autotech has been running their Driving Experience program since around 2007 and had it perfected by 2008. My company, Atlanta Driving Experience, will adopt a similar program at AMP.” John Buckett

Pageant of Power Ariel AtomIn the annual 2013 Pageant of Power held on June 14-16 over the 1.2-mile circuit of the Cholmondeley Estate in Cheshire, UK, an Ariel Atom driven by Niki Faulkner made news.

    Running on skinny tires and without sequential transmission, paddle shifter, and all the aerodynamic paraphernalia of the modern sports racing car, the Atom achieved an astounding sixth overall

    The field comprised 139 cars, which were divided into 13 classes. These introduced historic F1 machinery and some exotic, modern super cars, including the marquees of Lamborghini, Bugatti, and McLaren. A V8-powered Radical and Caterham SP/300R finished first and second.

    Interestingly, the Atom’s best time of 61.18 seconds would have claimed outright victory in the 2012 event.

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