Motorsport and Performance Engineering

Cherwell is a centre of gravity for the technology behind the motorsports spectacle. Take a look at this list of companies based in the District:

  • Arden International
  • Arrowstar Racing
  • Autosportif
  • Crompton Technology Group
  • Eden Rock Sports
  • GP Motosports
  • Motec Europe
  • Prodrive
  • Spax Performance
  • Stack
  • Zytec Engineering – chassis division
  • Wirth Research

Prodrive is one of the world's largest and most successful motorsport and vehicle technology businesses with annual sales of more than £100 million and employing nearly 500 staff in the UK, China and Australia. While the company’s roots are in motorsport, more than half of their business is now involved in developing niche cars and new technology for road vehicles.
In motorsport, they have won six World Rally titles with Subaru; five British Touring Car Championships with BMW, Alfa Romeo and Ford; and three class wins at Le Mans, most recently in June 2007 and June 2008 with Aston Martin Racing and in 2003 with a privately-backed Ferrari team. Today they run Aston Martin Racing in international sports car racing and Ford Performance Racing in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series, as well as supporting hundreds of customers in national and international series, including the World Rally Championship.

Crompton Technology Group innovates in advanced composite product design and manufacture. Cutting edge design and development capabilities, proven manufacturing techniques and fastidious quality management mean they deliver high performance products for critical applications.They are specialists in the filament winding process for manufacture of bespoke and standard products featuring advanced composite materials. Their products are developed specifically for aerospace, medical imaging, motorsport, performance automotive, subsea and other industries worldwide, meeting AS9100 Revision B and ISO/TS16949:2002 standards and exceeding the standard set by our ISO9001:2000 accreditation.

All supported by a dedicated Further Education Campus at Bicester, and the higher education facilities at Oxford Brookes, and part of a wider Oxfordshire motor-sports scene including three established F1 teams.

Further Information

Motorsport Industry Association

Oxford & Cherwell Valley College

Oxford Brookes – Motorsport Knowledge Exchange

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