Written by Moore Good Ink
Alton, VA: Probably the most significant milestone in the past two years for Sportsman road racers, those who pay their own bills, is the introduction of the Spec Race Atom (SRA).
Derived from the popular Ariel Atom 3 supercar, the SRA distinguishes itself in several extraordinary ways, not least by its unusual exoskeleton form. But its mesmerizingly rapid acceleration and its remarkable cornering power are attributes that need to be explored urgently.
Weighing 1315lbs, the SRA is extraordinarily light and having its transversely mounted engine and transmission positioned over the rear wheels ensures massive traction. In steady-state cornering, the SRA generates remarkable g-forces, measuring 1.7 to 1.8g, and its power-to-weight ratio exceeds that of many modern supercars.
No wonder former NHRA Top Fuel champion Eddie Hill exclaimed, “I wish I had discovered road racing an Atom sooner.” And it is easy to see why—there are precious few vehicles that can dominate in this fashion.
|Constructed by TMI AutoTech at Virginia International Raceway, the SRA is powered by a 230hp naturally aspirated 2.4 liter 4-cylinder Honda engine.|
Constructed entirely by TMI AutoTech,Inc. at their base at Virginia International Raceway, the SRA accommodates drivers from 5ft 2in to 6ft 7in. It is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.4 liter 4-cylinder Honda engine, which generates 230hp at 6,500rpm and makes peak torque at 3,500rpm.
When the SRA was introduced, orders were secured for forty-five cars almost immediately. Initially the spec-racing program was planned for a 10-race series in the East, at VIR, but demand sparked another series in the West, at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, Pahrump near Las Vegas, Nevada. Now the plan is to develop both series, culminating in the Atom Run-offs at season’s end.
To participate a competition license is not required, however proof of open track lapping and passing ability is essential and drivers must be signed off by the chief steward prior to taking part in a race.
And finally to the really good bit:
By any standard the icing on the Atom’s cake is its value for money. A brand new, custom built, race-ready SRA can be acquired for $47,500. In addition its running costs are unusually low. Fuel for four track sessions, for example, is around $50. Because the car is so light a new set of tires can sustain up to 5 races, and brakes that cost $70 can endure a season’s racing. What could be more fun?
For further information contact:
1025 Raceplex Road #A,
Alton, VA 24520
Telephone (434) 822-9130