Westfield Sportscars, United Kingdom

Westfield Sportscars, United Kingdom

Westfield Sportscars U.K.

 

Established
1982
Founder
Chris Smith

Headquarters
Dudley Road, Kingswinford, England

 

Westfield Sportscars are manufacturers of both factory built and kit versions of several two-seater, open top sportscars. Their main production is inspired by the Lotus Seven, vehicles originally designed by Colin Chapman with only the bare essentials for motoring in order to give the rawest and most exhilarating driving experience. Chris Smith set up a rival company and manufactured kits with very similar styling and construction of Lotus Seven. Caterham threaten litigation in the late 1980s which was eventually settled out of court and resulted in Westfield improving and changing the design of their cars. Westfield prefers to employ the same glass fibre body method that Lotus has traditionally used for their other models such as the Elise, Esprit, and Elan, rather than the aluminium used by Caterham.

Westfield has also pioneered technical innovations such as Independent rear suspension and a wider chassis, which other manufacturers have since adopted.The company has recently introduced a version of its SEi kit that uses donor parts from the Mazda Mx5 Miata, which is generally called an SDV (Single Donor Vehicle) kit. Also, a SDV kit which is used in the Ford Sierra as a donor. The wide range of drivetrain configurations available to Westfield customers now includes the Honda S2000 engine and gearbox as part of the company's MegaS2000 kit and cars. In the first series of BBC's Top Gear, a Westfield XTR2 driven by the black Stig set a faster lap time than the reigning record holder of that series, the Pagani Zonda. In June 2009, Westfield became the first Niche Vehicle Manufacturer to be awarded as European Small Series Production Status with its Sport Turbo model and has subsequently produced the iRacer. iRacer is an all-electric racing vehicle, as well as a Hybrid vehicle version of the Sport Turbo model.

 

History

In 1982, Chris Smith, a historic grand prix competitor and engineer decided to design and build a replica of one of his all-time favourite race cars, the gorgeous 1956 Lotus XI Le Mans car. Such was the accuracy and beauty of the car he produced in his home garage at Westfield House, Armitage he was immediately inundated with requests from enthusiasts wanting one for themselves. After the introduction of a new car, the equally well received Westfield 7SE, a decision was taken to fade out the XI allowing the team to concentrate on production of the new kit. The company continued expanding rapidly to cope with ever growing demand, which became even stronger after the bodywork was redesigned and modernised. Westfield were now firmly established.

In 1991, Westfield expanded again moving to the impressive factory and office block in Kingswinford. It was the incredible V8-powered SEIGHT first caused the earth to shake, with monster power and an incredible 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds. It was Westfield’s fastest machine thus far and received critical acclaim from the motoring press. It would be hard to follow a car like that but Westfield went on to become one of the first car manufacturers to harness bike power. The small, but very powerful, high revving machines enabled incredible feats of speed, agility and offered fantastic performance at a low price. In 2004, due to popular demand, Westfield re-introduced the Westfield XI and it is still manufacture.

 

 

In December 2006, ownership of Westfield Sportscars transferred to Potenza Sports Cars, a family company with a strong vision. Potenza are continuing the investment and development with the expansion of the business and products into new markets. In 2007 Potenza continued their product development strategy and purchased GTM Cars, integrating the GTM into the Westfield production system in almost two months. In 2010, Westfield launched the IRacer which moved the Westfield into the Electric vehicle market utilizing some advanced materials for components of the vehicle. The capabilities are further extended into the hybrid market with the successful demonstration and trials of the Sport Turbo (hybrid) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

 

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