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Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:49 pm PostPost subject: Prodrive
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What a place Cool Got a tour of it today on my own. Some things i could take pics of and some i couldnt but some of the projects they work on outside motorsport are amazing and talking to the guys that work there the amount of effort and thought and enthuism they put into it is immense.

Best part is what some of the guys come up with when they are bored with a CNC machine Laughing couldn't take pics of it though as it was in a restricted area.

























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dribble...

Did they have a hand in all the cars on shoew (think older ones) or are some simply a collection?

For some reason the shot of the naked Aston with the ducting visible is my fav. Wonder what the rear of the two brake cooling ducts is for...
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Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:52 pm PostPost subject:
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dribble...

Did they have a hand in all the cars on shoew (think older ones) or are some simply a collection?

For some reason the shot of the naked Aston with the ducting visible is my fav. Wonder what the rear of the two brake cooling ducts is for...


All the cars they have are built/developed by prodrive.

You would have loved it from an engineering standpoint and that they still have all the old scooby parts.

Few of them also said the favourite car to work on was the TT Impreza as it was basicly no rule book sadly that car wasn't there.
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Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:36 pm PostPost subject:
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Knew they had a had in some supertourer era stuff (Mondeo) and of course the rally subarus, but had no idea about E30s and 6R4s for example. Was this in their previous guise? I cant remember what the company name was before Prodrive
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Prodrive was founded in 1984 by Ian Parry and David Richards, the latter is now the chairman of the group. Their first involvement in motorsport was with the Rothmans Porsche Rally Team, running a Porsche 911 SC RS for Henri Toivonen at the European Rally Championship and for Saeed Al Hajri in the Middle East Rally Championship. In 1986, Prodrive ran a MG Metro 6R4 in British and Irish rally championships.

In 1987, they expanded into touring cars, running BMW M3 in the British Touring Car Championship. They were the outright 1988 champions, and class B champions in 1989 and 1990. There were plans for a works entry with Mercedes during 1993 and into 1994, with Bernd Schneider slated to drive, but plans were shelved.[2] Since then, Prodrive has run touring car programmes for Alfa Romeo (1995) for Honda (1997-Cool, for Ford (1999-2000 BTCC champions in 2000) and with Volvo in FIA European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).

In 1990, Prodrive started rallying with Subaru, a relationship which lasted until December 2008, when the global economic downturn forced their withdrawal from World Rallying. During the near 20-year partnership, the team won three drivers' WRC titles for Colin McRae (1995), Richard Burns (2001) and Petter Solberg (2003), as well as three manufacturers' titles (1995,96,97).

In the winter of 1998, the company were approached by Russian oil company Lukoil to enable them to enter motorsports sponsorship. As entries to Formula 3000 were restricted, Richards agreed a deal with family friend Christian Horner that Prodrive would take a 50% stake in Horner's Arden International, in return for Horner retiring from driving and becoming team manager. As a result, Arden signed Viktor Maslov as a driver under the Lukoil deal from 1999.

In 1999, investment group Apax Partners bought 49% of Prodrive. Horner hence exercised the option to buy back the Prodrive stake in Arden. In 2007 Apax sold their investment in the business and in 2008, The Investment Dar company, based in Kuwait, acquired a share of the business.


Proving ground in Warwickshire
In 2000 Prodrive expanded out of its base in Banbury, UK and bought a private proving ground in Warwickshire to house its automotive technology business. In 2001 the company acquired Tickford and merged this automotive engineering business into its own operations. With Tickford came subsidiary businesses in North America and Australia. The businesses in North America were subsequently sold, while in Australia, the Tickford brand was replaced by the new Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) brand. Prodrive sold its 51% stake in Ford Performance Vehicles to Ford Australia in 2012. Prodrive also founded Ford Performance Racing in 2003, entering the V8 Supercar series in Australia after purchasing Glenn Seton Racing. This was sold in January 2013.[3]

In 2001, Prodrive entered sports car racing with its own privately developed Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello. Prodrive raced the car until 2004 winning numerous races in the FIA GT and American Le Mans Series. The highlight for the programme was GTS class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003. The success of this project led to a full works programme with Aston Martin and the creation of Aston Martin Racing in late 2004, a partnership between Prodrive and the British motor manufacturer. The team won on its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005 with its new DBR9 GT1 car. Aston Martin Racing subsequently competed in the American Le Mans Series and at Le Mans with the highlights of the programme being two GT1 class victories at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 the team developed a new LMP1 car and won the 2009 Le Mans Series and was fourth at Le Mans and the fastest petrol powered car. This programme continues today with the team competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Vantage GTE.

In December 2001 Prodrive was brought in to manage the unsuccessful Formula One constructor BAR. Richards was appointed as team principal of BAR. Under Prodrive management the team's fortunes were turned around and by the end of the 2004 season, the BAR Honda F1 team was second in the F1 manufacturers' championship. At that point the owners, BAT (British American Tobacco), sold the team to Honda. The Prodrive management contract was ended and Prodrive's managing director Nick Fry assumed the role of team principal. Prodrive has subsequently been linked with Formula One on a number of occasions since (see below for details).

In March 2007 a consortium led by Prodrive chairman David Richards bought British sports car firm Aston Martin from Ford, bringing Aston Martin back into British control. Prodrive had no financial involvement in the deal.[4] Richards was chairman of Aston from 2007 until the end of 2013 when he stepped down.

Richards himself is a long-time Aston Martin enthusiast, and owns an extensive collection of both modern and historic models.


This car set a new lap record of the Isle of Man TT circuit for a car
Following Subaru’s withdrawal from the World Rally Championship in 2008, Prodrive began developing a generic rally car for the new 2011 regulations. A works deal was agree with BMW to take MINI back into rallying and the MINI WRC Team competed in the 2011 World Rally Championship. In 2013 Prodrive created the first MINI rallycross based on the MINI JCW World Rally Car. It competed in the Global Rallycross Championship winning on its debut with Liam Doran.

Using knowledge gained from developing the MINI. Prodrive developed a near WRC specification VW Golf to compete for the FAW-VW rally team in the Chinese Rally Championship. The car won on its debut and took both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles in 2015. The team currently competes with four cars in the championship.

In April 2015 Prodrive relocated its headquarters by the M40 in Banbury to a new facility one mile south but still adjacent to the M40. This houses the Motorsport and Advanced Technology businesses.

In 2016 Prodrive developed a one off car for Subaru to set a new record lap of the Isle of Man TT circuit. The car driven by Manxman, Mark Higgins, competing the 37.7 mile circuit at an average seed of 128.671 mph smashing his previous record.

During the last decade Prodrive’s non-motorsport activities have grown to represent the majority of the company’s turnover. Its client base is very diverse and as well as many major car manufacturers includes Airbus Defence & Space and Rolls Royce aero engines. It is also working with the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup team to develop control systems and new technology for the team’s ‘flying’ catamaran which will compete for the America’s Cup in Bermuda in May 2017. In 2016 the company also announced its plans to engineer the world’s lightest folding bike to market, The Hummingbird

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Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:19 pm PostPost subject:
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Still prodrive iirc, the E30 is a classic rally car,



Committed!!!

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