Apollo Launch... Lift-off for new UK-based Automotive Design Consultancy. Announced today (Wednesday) Apollo Racing Design Limited is an innovative new design consultancy specialising in carbon composite design and manufacture. The company has...
Lift-off for new UK-based Automotive Design Consultancy.
Announced today (Wednesday) Apollo Racing Design Limited is an innovative new design consultancy specialising in carbon composite design and manufacture. The company has been founded by four directors - Peter McCool, Mike Millward, Mark Smithson and Robert Synge - all of whom worked together recently at race car designer and producer Reynard Motorsport. With impressive track records at renowned companies such as Courtaulds, British Aerospace and McLaren International, the quartet boasts huge experience within the automotive and motor sport industries as well as vast expertise in the complexities of leading-edge carbon composite technology.
With Reynard Motorsport now in liquidation, Apollo Racing Design has already secured several high-profile contracts that had previously been serviced by the Brackley-based company - these include the manufacture of carbon monocoques for Japanese Formula Nippon and the official carbon safety-cell seats for the American NASCAR series.
"We have taken the opportunity to acquire some significant business from what was Reynard's portfolio," explains Synge, Managing Director of Apollo Racing Design. "We have already employed ten of the best former Reynard technicians with proven proficiency in ChampCar, Formula Nippon and other major motor sport programmes. Their skills will not only guarantee excellent service to our new clients but will also give us the potential to provide the wider automotive industry with composite material expertise in the future."
Although Apollo Racing Design already possesses the in-house skills to design and produce its own racing cars, the new company's short-term ambitions are focussed on the bespoke manufacture of prototype and finished components. Blessed with so much prowess at the sharp end of international motor sport - a performance-based sector which has been a major driving force in the advance of composite technology - Apollo Racing Design has the innate ability and ingrained flexibility to respond swiftly to all of its customers' widespread needs.
"We have assembled a really talented team that has an unrivalled pedigree in composite technology," enthuses Millward, Director (composites) at Apollo Racing Design. "As well as being ideally placed to transform a client's initial concepts into finished components, we have particular experience in the handling of 'full vehicle' programmes including the production of carbon constructed concept cars for major motor manufacturers."
Apollo Racing Design is currently utilising the facilities and autoclave at Spa in Lichfield, Staffordshire who are working on combined projects with Apollo. Meanwhile it looks to establish its own state-of-the-art headquarters in the heart of the UK's renowned 'Motorsport Valley'. News of this and further new business developments will be released during the coming weeks.