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    Quote Originally Posted by jrz1 View Post
    As many have pointed out, even $60s for an atom seems like a lot to me but you only live once and I'd like to own one for a little while if I could do it reasonably.
    The Atom is a very easy car to maintain for the track - even consumables like tires last a long time on the Atom (I routinely got over 5000 miles on R-comp AO48 tires, for example). Brake pads and rotors will probably last the life of the car, unless you want to change them to experiment with different compounds. As an example, I drove 3000+ miles from New York City to Laguna Seca, had Tire Rack ship 4 tires to a shop there, had the tires changed, ran 3 days at Laguna and drove home the same 3000+ miles after. You can infer two things from that: a) I'm certifiable, and b) the Atom is a very low-maintenance track car.

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    TK - cheap to run on track is a main reason I'm looking at one. Getting my son a spec miata and would be fun to go out on track with him and while I will take Z06 every once and a while, just tires on that car could bankrupt you quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrz1 View Post
    TK - cheap to run on track is a main reason I'm looking at one. Getting my son a spec miata and would be fun to go out on track with him and while I will take Z06 every once and a while, just tires on that car could bankrupt you quickly.
    Another option: http://arielatom.com/specraceatom/

    no windscreen however

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    Tend to agree with you on the sight unseen part, but from a sellers point most buyers that can drop $50k+ can drop $500 for a plane ticket. If the seller is bashful about accommodating reasonable timing, I'd be very suspicious. It shows commitment of both parties.

    Before I committed to current Radical I round tripped Denver in a single day, was 10 fold worth it to see it, touch it, sit in it, ask 100 questions.

    Like many of us early adopter's, I drove up to OR Brammo for the Tom S. test drive in the demo car before placing my order/deposit, for the above reasons. Now that I look back it was part of the adventure.

    TJ On/
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    AtomII #73 for sale, PM for details.

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    I'm much in the same boat as far as the mental tug of war to buy a used maxed out Ariel or just bite the bullet and get a new 3.5s. Granted you can fix a whole lot of bs for over 50 grand cheaper so It's probably going to be used when i pull the trigger... Once I decide I love it maybe one day I'll get a 3.5s anyways so my girl and I can both drive place since she has the bug too. I indefinably want to go none N/A simply because having worked with forced induction factory motors as much as I have in the past I simply think their built stronger from day one to deal with the compression so you get better bang for your dollar if you ever want to make more power things are easier and cheaper. I agree though if your going to order one... just fly up and test drive one or ask a local owner if you can find one... It's simply to logical not to do.

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