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The Ariel Atom Experience

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Reporter: Jonathan Merryman | Videographer: James Gherardi

Martinsville, VA - Kevin Hickey describes his first time behind the wheel of an Ariel Atom as "nothing you've ever driven."

"It's as close to a race car as most people are ever going to drive," he said.

TMI Auto Tech and Virginia International raceway have teamed up to provide a once in a lifetime experience to drive one of the fastest supercars in the world. The car can get up to 135 mph.

"Most of the people for the experience we had last year flew in from California, from Mexico from China. They are coming in from all over the place. We want to show that, ‘Hey this is right in your backyard. It's something really cool to do,'" said Mark Swain, the owner of TMI.

You can go race on a track anywhere in the United States, but this is the only place you can come drive a car that has been proven to beat a Ferrari.

"It's lightweight, it's got a lot of power and its handling is really where it's at," said Swain.

Swain should know better than anyone. His company is the only manufacturer of the Ariel Atom in the U.S. and oversees the driving experience at VIR. There are only 200 of them in the country.

"It's $495 for a half day experience… that provides everything you need for the day. You just show up with a smile and you're going to leave with a bigger smile," said Swain.

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