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Trak Motorsports (TMI) - North American Atom Builder
« on: February 24, 2008, 07:36:49 PM GMT »

This from Dave Goadby:

Hello Bruce,

We‚??ve been quite pre-occupied with efforts to provide for the smoothest possible transition of North American Atom manufacturing from Brammo to TMI AutoTech, Inc., in close coordination with Simon.  The substantial Forum activity & discussion on this matter hasn‚??t gone unnoticed.  Both VIR & Halifax County have already issued advanced press releases. 

Now that we have most of the initial ground work in place I‚??d like to post a memo for the information & benefit of all North American Atom owners & enthusiasts.

Since this is now ‚??official‚?Ě it would be great if you could post the following in the public ‚??American Atoms‚?Ě portion of the site. 

BTW, would it be possible to change the title of that section to ‚??North American Atoms‚?Ě (i.e., USA, Canada & Mexico)?  It might better reflect the fuller extent of the customers within this market. 

Thanks & regards,
Dave Goadby



To All North American Ariel Atom Owners & Enthusiasts.

On behalf of the Trak Motorsports Inc. team, we‚??d first like to thank all of you for your recent support and patience.  We‚??ve all been very pre-occupied working on a new North American Atom sales & manufacturing organization, as previously introduced by Simon in his well appreciated prior Clubroom posting.  Many details & a few challenges had to be addressed in our 3-way discussions & negotiations on this business transition (TMI/Brammo/Ariel), before making a detailed, direct announcement here.  Progress has been continuous and we‚??re pleased to now be at a point where it‚??s appropriate for us to confirm some of our exciting plans. 

We have great faith in and full commitment to the future of the Ariel Atom in North America.  We‚??re excited to now have the opportunity to be moving forward with a highly commonized new Atom 3, between Ariel and TMI AutoTech, Inc., our new US company.  Little did we know or anticipate when we originally became Brammo‚??s Canadian distributor for the Atom, or even when starting up our Ariel Atom Experience (AAE) business less than a year ago (www.arielatomexperience.com), that we‚??d now be actively planning for Atom sales & manufacturing in North America.  As many of you may know, we already know the Atom very well and we continue to like what we see.  As the only operators of an Ariel Atom fleet in continuous commercial track use in North America, we‚??ve been extremely pleased with the overall performance & durability of our 8-car AAE Atom 2 fleet over a full season of events.  Thus far we‚??ve accumulated approx. 5,000 hard track-day miles on each of our cars without significant issues.  Although we did initially apply a simple exhaust system modification to our 245 HP Ecotec-powered AAE fleet, with proper attention to routine inspection & basic PM, our cars have proven to be tough & durable.  This is a performance standard that we‚??ll continue to build upon through our own new manufacturing & assembly operations.   

We want to duly recognize and acknowledge the past efforts & commitments of the Brammo team, past & present, with respect to their initial launching and on-going development of the Ariel Atom market in North America.  As some of you may be aware, TMI has held a minority ownership in Brammo since prior to the existence of their Ariel Atom manufacturing license.  This enabled us to indirectly follow Brammo‚??s Ariel Atom operations as they evolved, as well as our own visits there from time to time.  We‚??ve recently also had the fortunate opportunity to spend some quality time with Simon & his team at Ariel works.  We consider that, in addition to our own int‚??l experience in auto parts design engineering, quality assurance, manufacturing & sales, as well our professional motorsports background, our overall base of knowledge  should help enable us to establish & operate a secure & stable Atom manufacturing, assembly & sales business.  Our business will be solely focused on the Ariel Atom and the promotion of the Ariel brand in North America.   

We‚??d like you to be aware that there‚??s been a great deal of coordination & cooperation amongst Craig, Simon & myself to date.  I‚??m confident that this 3-way cooperation & support will continue through to our own Job #1 Atom 3 production.  But to be quite clear, TMI AutoTech Inc., has now assumed full responsibility and authority over all Atom 3 matters in North America.  We‚??ll also be assuming  ‚??factory‚?Ě service support responsibility for Atom 2s.  Atom 2 replacement parts and accessories may now be ordered through us.  The sales website will be in transition for a period of time but our contact info will always remain clearly posted (www.arielatom.com).  Please check the website regularly since we‚??ll be providing regular important updates to our contact info as well as our progress towards Atom 3 production Job #1 on the website. 

Our collective priority continues to be ensuring that nothing falls into any cracks in the matter of this complete Atom business transition from Brammo to TMI.  The first order of business in this regard has been to attend to the various requirements of completing & delivering the remaining new Atom 2s + rebuilds currently on order with Brammo.  This remains a primary Brammo  business responsibility, supported in some areas by TMI.  A critical parallel priority for TMI has been to be able to fully provide for all Atom 3 deposits made to Brammo to date.  These important business matters have been discussed & resolved with appropriate transition mechanisms in place.

With regards to any direct, on-going business relationship between TMI & Brammo, it‚??s currently anticipated that Brammo would be recognized as an Atom 3 dealer within a defined territory - tbd.  Brammo may also supply composite body parts to TMI - tbd.

As has already been reported, TMI AutoTech, Inc., will soon begin setting up shop within a well-suited, dedicated 10,000 sq.ft. facility within the Raceplex at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).  TMI‚??s Virginia facility will be solely used for the purposes of Atom manufacturing, sales & factory service.  Some of Brammo‚??s Atom manufacturing equipment will be moved to our new facility, as deemed applicable to our manufacturing & assembly plans.  TMI (Canada) will continue to own & operate the AAE events throughout North America.  We now see significant opportunities & benefits for much closer integration of the AAE to our North American Atom sales efforts going forward.  Our new home at VIR will also become the headquarters for our AAE operations. in due course. 

The VIR location that we‚??ve selected will provide us with attractive opportunities for local & regional support capabilities & business relationships, not to mention direct access to a great motorsports complex, complete with its own many great attributes and facilities.  As just one unique example, VIR, in conjunction with VIPER (Virginia Institute for Performance Engineering & Research), now has a complete chassis roll dynamometer facility located within its main paddock area.  The folks at VIR, Halifax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia have already made us feel very welcome and we look forward to integrating ourselves and our new business into this new home location.  They‚??re all very enthusiastic about having North American Ariel Atom manufacturing & sales headquartered at VIR and within the Southside Virginia area.  Do we already hear the sounds of an ‚??09 AtomFest‚?Ę at VIR?!

The core, hands-on senior management & operations team at TMI AutoTech consists of: Brent Gates, Vice President - Manufacturing & General Manager; Mark Swain, Vice President & Director, Sales & Marketing; and myself (Dave Goadby), President & CEO.  Each of us have direct ownership interests in the new company; a fundamental principle of our business culture.  Brent, Mark & I have worked closely together on various projects over a number of prior years, with the AAE being the most recent.

Our manufacturing planning is still underway but we expect to be building our first Atom 3 test & demo car in June, with the first Atom 3 customer deliveries beginning in the late June/early July time frame.  All Atom 3 chassis for North America will be built on-site in Virginia by TMI AutoTech employing Brammo chassis forming & fabrication equipment.  All other components will either be manufactured by us or supplied to us, as proves to be most efficient & cost effective to us in respect of a high quality finished product.  Quality, cost & overall lead time control will be our manufacturing priorities.  We‚??re also committed to continuously providing personalized customer care, in keeping with a positive & engaging ‚??Ariel Atom experience‚?Ě for our customers.  But please have continuing patience with us as we work to fully transition all of these responsibilities & capabilities into TMI during the course of the next few months.

Adaptation of the new Honda Civic Type R powertrain as the exclusive Atom 3 powertrain (normally aspirated & super-charged versions), now provides us with a unique new opportunity to work closely with Simon, Tom & the Ariel UK team to increase and maximize commonization between the UK and North American built Atom 3s.  We believe this new commonization effort to be in everyone‚??s best interests, in addition to our own desire & commitment to continuously work hand-in-hand with Simon and his team on all Atom component and build specifications.  In this regard, Jacob Ensign has already been contracted by TMI to coordinate the integration of Ariel Ltd‚??s Atom 3 chassis design into the comprehensive SolidWorks CAD files that we‚??re now assuming from Brammo.  Jacob previously returned from a week in the UK at Ariel Ltd.  These digital CAD file revisions will support tooling changes + CNC tool path data, as required.  It‚??s not anticipated that major initial changes will be required at our end in excess of Ariel UK‚??s own Atom 2 to Atom 3 changes.

In summary, we‚??re making good, steady progress with the many planning & transition details involved.  The physical set up of our new facility will commence in March and we expect to be fully ‚??open for business‚?Ě in Virginia by July.  At that time we‚??ll welcome customer visits by advanced arrangement.  In the meantime we‚??ll be handling all of your contacts & inquiries by phone, email or telefax, as best applies.  We‚??re confident in our abilities to meet our own objectives, but we‚??re also not underestimating the efforts that are going to be required to get there.  We‚??re fully anticipating a few bumps in the road along the way.  It‚??ll be part of our business philosophy to typically under promise but continuously strive to over deliver.  We may not always achieve that objective, but it won‚??t be for any lack of effort on our part.   

This may not address all of your potential questions but we hope it goes a long way towards doing so, or at least avoiding the need for too much speculation.

You may soon be seeing various public media releases & announcements in this regard.  BTW, we hope you‚??ve all been able to view a March copy of Popular Mechanics by now!  You may have also caught the Atom getting another great little honorable mention on Jay Leno‚??s show on Feb. 19th, at the end of his interview of Hayden Christensen.  He was urging him to buy one!   

Now we‚??ll be concentrating all our communications efforts on the all-important one-on-one relationships with our Atom customers.  We look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible in the coming months.

Thanks & best regards,
Dave Goadby
President,
TMI AutoTech, Inc.   

 

 

   
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2008, 07:52:27 PM GMT »
Woo!  Thanks for the information Dave.  I hope you have a Grand opening of the new facilities so I can fly out and see the setup.  Best of luck to you guys   :tu:

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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2008, 08:51:50 PM GMT »
I wish TMI all the best in this endeavor and look forward to seeing your successes!   :tu:

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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008, 10:06:23 PM GMT »
Looking forward to your continued success and the enthusiasm you folks have for the Atom. :tu:
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 11:28:44 PM GMT »
Now thats what I call a dose of honor and integrity.


Wish the girl i was dating up till now had just a lil of that. :o :'(


I own www.americanatom.com , a website with 16,000+ members, too bad they are all bots.  If TMI wants the site name, I would love to transfer it to them at no cost.  The site was opene3d before this club had much of an american presence ..and nothing was ever done with it.
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2008, 11:48:30 PM GMT »
I bet Mark Swain dinner that they wouldn't have my car ready on time.....

hmmmmm, I hope he doesn't choose somewhere too expensive ;D ;D.
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008, 01:11:27 AM GMT »
Thanks for the update, Dave.  All the best to yourself, Brent, Mark and your entire team at TMI during these challenging setup and transition months ahead.  No doubt your enthusiasm for the Atom and a good dose of hard work and proper planning will go a long way toward your initial and ongoing success.  I can't wait to visit your facilities and will be looking forward to the 2009 AtomFest!
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 02:04:35 AM GMT »
Sweet!  I'm going to be only 11 hours from the new factory.   
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2008, 04:07:56 AM GMT »
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2008, 06:51:04 PM GMT »
Sweet!  I'm going to be only 11 hours from the new factory.   
Gage....I thought you were picking up a Lotus 7 replica????????
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2008, 01:48:02 AM GMT »
Sweet!  I'm going to be only 11 hours from the new factory.   
Gage....I thought you were picking up a Lotus 7 replica????????
Cheers‚?Ę

Heck No.  I've never used the word Lotus.  They are whales.  Grin. 
I'm interested in building a certain Atom like machine, but that doesn't mean I love the Ariel Atom any less than I ever did.   Through price action, the Atom has become for me a typical supercar like a Ferrarri, etc., tying up too much money to be practically considered as something I'll be driving regardless of whether I could afford it or not.  However, I'm a dedicated Atom fan for life.  Simon Saunders signed my Atomfest shirt after allowing me to interview him.  Good man.  Great attitude.  Liked and respected him.    And...  I've never accellerated faster in anything in my life than in Calscotts Atom(among others).  That was sheer, screaming, hooting, hollering, waving my sleeveless arms with brainless delight FUN!!!   Atoms Rule.

So when you see me in another machine, it will be something very much like an Atom.  (if it isn't a used Atom)   =0)

In other words, ..while some people will drive to see whales being born and preserved at the Corvette Museum and Factory in Bowling Green Kentucky, I'll be driving a relatively short 11 hours to see the new Atom factory.  (once it is going full steam)  WooHoo!

A toast to the Atom and TMI! 
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2008, 04:05:38 AM GMT »
... some people will drive to see whales being born and preserved at the Corvette Museum and Factory in Bowling Green Kentucky, I'll be driving a relatively short 11 hours to see the new Atom factory. 

Spoken like a true champion!  It's "only" 11 hours away.  Too funny.  You've got to really love the Atom to think like that.
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2008, 04:42:13 AM GMT »
I own www.americanatom.com , a website with 16,000+ members, too bad they are all bots.  If TMI wants the site name, I would love to transfer it to them at no cost.  The site was opene3d before this club had much of an american presence ..and nothing was ever done with it.

Jammer, I bet that TMI would love to link to your wonderful site.  I am thinking about exploring it as soon as I get some antivirus, anti cookie, anti trojan horse, etc programs for my Mac.  It seems a little, shall we say, too infested to encourage my mother in law to learn more about the little atom by visiting.  Your site is a working example of entropy, roughly defined as things tending towards a natural state of disorder.
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2008, 05:22:41 AM GMT »
I own www.americanatom.com , a website with 16,000+ members, too bad they are all bots.  If TMI wants the site name, I would love to transfer it to them at no cost.  The site was opene3d before this club had much of an american presence ..and nothing was ever done with it.

Jammer, I bet that TMI would love to link to your wonderful site.  I am thinking about exploring it as soon as I get some antivirus, anti cookie, anti trojan horse, etc programs for my Mac.  It seems a little, shall we say, too infested to encourage my mother in law to learn more about the little atom by visiting.  Your site is a working example of entropy, roughly defined as things tending towards a natural state of disorder.

No need for that, if your running a Mac your safe, cruise ANY site with impunity. Those items (antivirus, etc) are a myth perpetrated on PC converts who are still used to using a 10' long stick to type at their Windows keyboard while wearing a full body condom.  ;D

c'mon.. it was too easy.... and someone had to take the thread even further off topic.   :pop:
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Re: ......IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TMI........
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2008, 01:22:36 PM GMT »
Congratulations to TMI! I am very happy that someone has stepped in and has a serious interest in pushing the Atom. I really appreciate the informative letter, David!

Best of luck in the future!!! :tu: