Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Interested in SPA Atom for track day car.

  1. #1
    Up Quark
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    19
    Country
    United States

    Interested in SPA Atom for track day car.

    I was interested in a SPA Atom as a track day car. I have a storage container at Willow Springs, CA.

    Previously had a Radical SR3. Loved it, but the costs eat you alive. Also something more robust.

    How are these cars to drive? Experiences.. Would like opinions.

    Thanks!
    Jeff

  2. #2
    Neutrino MadMaxAtom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Usually in my shop..
    Posts
    1,583
    Country
    United States
    It's an SRA: Spec Racer Atom. It uses a car drivetrain (Honda) so very dependable. Lightweight,so easy on consumables. Well supported by TMI and reasonably priced considering the performance level available (driven properly)

    What's not to like?
    The power of an Atom is a terrible thing to waste! Atom owner/operator since 2007. The more you chase perfection,the faster it becomes. John Force for President! (I asked him once in person...he laughed)

  3. #3
    Electron
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    241
    Country
    United States
    Here is a video of the atom (supercharged) and radical on the track, judge for yourself.

    https://youtu.be/HqHiEqAxI_4

  4. #4
    Proton FourFather's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
    Posts
    776
    Country
    United States
    Jeff, you are in luck. I currently have two SRA cars ready to ship! One is new, and one that won the last two series races at Virginia International Raceway, is the record holder on all three track configurations, and has been factory maintained.

    New,

    https://www.arielatomchat.com/forums/thread2536-2.html



    And the record holder is

    https://www.arielatomchat.com/forums/thread2532.html

    Both listed here on the forum under US Atoms for sale.

    A deposit will lock in either one of these while we work out details of final payment and shipping.

    Thanks for looking,

    Eddie FourFather Hill
    Last edited by FourFather; April 12, 2016 at 09:20 AM.
    Eddie FourFather Hill
    Top Fuel Champion on land and water
    www.eddiehillsfuncycles.com since 1966
    Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha

  5. #5
    Up Quark
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    19
    Country
    United States
    Typo.. I meant SRA. Autocorrect!

    Thanks for the info. I've seen the cars you have for sale Eddie, look nice.

    I'm looking for a good quality low usage one.

    I was wondering how the difference between a high down-force car and one based on all mechanical grip. I guess kinda like a formula ford/vee type.

    Definitely looks fun.

    Oh, I have zero interest in turning it into a street car. I know exactly what track only means!

  6. #6
    Proton FourFather's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
    Posts
    776
    Country
    United States
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff_Kay View Post
    -----

    How are these cars to drive? Experiences.. Would like opinions.

    Thanks!
    Jeff
    From Eddie FourFather Hill-
    This is me running my streetable, two-seat, 2012 Ariel Atom 3 300HP demonstrator/company car, against single-seat race cars. At Hallett Motor Raceway, near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwrvqj8TvN8

    And at Eagles Canyon Raceway, near Decatur, Texas.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5EQr...m-upload_owner

    And here I get the holeshot at the start of the Open Wheel final at Hallett, recently.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgUNet7Rfz8

    Thank you again,

    Regards,

    Eddie Hill
    Eddie FourFather Hill
    Top Fuel Champion on land and water
    www.eddiehillsfuncycles.com since 1966
    Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha

  7. #7
    Gluon
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    42
    Country
    American Samoa
    They should put sales discussions in Marketplace...forever!

  8. #8
    Up Quark
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    19
    Country
    United States
    My question was not where/ how much to buy one. I am looking for owners/drivers opinion of the idea of purchasing one, considering my background and target goals.

  9. #9
    Up Quark
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Posts
    22
    Country
    United States
    So, I had the same thought as you. Previously had a C6Z06. Sold it and bought a brand new SRA from TMI. Had them install 2 seats, fenders and 2 sets of wheels. Right around $50M. Have driven it for 2 years on various tracks around the NE, usually doing 12-16 track events per year. Never had a regret. The car is more of a challenge and takes more skill, but it is faster at every track, significantly cheaper to run, is more satisfying to drive, gets more attention and has forced me to become a better driver. No regrets at all. Good Luck.

  10. #10
    Neutrino
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Dallas Texas...YEE-HAW
    Posts
    1,213
    Country
    United States
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff_Kay View Post
    I was interested in a SPA Atom as a track day car. I have a storage container at Willow Springs, CA.

    Previously had a Radical SR3. Loved it, but the costs eat you alive. Also something more robust.

    How are these cars to drive? Experiences.. Would like opinions.

    Thanks!
    Jeff

    The upkeep on these cars is probably cheaper than any other track car based on everyone's experience. In stock form you'll maybe need to replace the rod ends every XXXX miles or 5 years.....other than that, tires, oil, break pads and fluids that's probably it, if you can believe it.

    Because these cars use factory engines with nothing really up-specced you're basically running a stock motor with 1/3 the weight it was intended to push around, I feel like this is why there's very little upkeep

    If you change your car to run on wider full slicks you'll be pushing the uprights and wheel bearings harder, and they may need attention eventually, but still engine / transmission are going to be rock solid.

    I drove my atom 12,000, with several track days, so I'm not really pulling off my track experience, but since you're not really getting too many responses to your actual question I'm trying to give you what you're looking for.

    Some tracks I did get tired shoulders, but, again limited track time I'm sure people who track more frequently do not have much physical discomfort from driving on track

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Very interested in an Atom BUT
    By Detroit Bill in forum Welcome New Members! You MUST post here first to activate your account!
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: November 12, 2015, 08:24 AM
  2. Interested in Atoms!
    By Benjamin Coriell in forum Welcome New Members! You MUST post here first to activate your account!
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: December 15, 2014, 05:27 AM
  3. Also interested in learning about the Aerial Atom and a purchase
    By F1fcar in forum Welcome New Members! You MUST post here first to activate your account!
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: October 12, 2014, 11:51 PM
  4. New here and interested in buying an Atom ASAP
    By htl2195 in forum Welcome New Members! You MUST post here first to activate your account!
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 17, 2014, 11:30 PM
  5. Interested in SRA
    By gtrnn in forum Welcome New Members! You MUST post here first to activate your account!
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: November 9, 2013, 09:35 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •