Race Engine of the Year 2013

09 January 2014

1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

04 December 2013

The Telegraph - 30 November 2013

British engineers put the revs into F1 and IndyCar

A major force in Formula 1 and IndyCar, Ilmor Engineering makes engines to win races – and motor sport titles

Pop open the bonnet of an IndyCar and what you find inside is not “Made in the USA”.

Alongside Mario Illien and Roger Penske (the other founder, Paul Morgan having died in a plane crash), Mr Miller wrestled Ilmor Engineering away from Mercedes with a buyout.

In the mid-Nineties, Ilmor powered the McLaren/ Mercedes Formula 1 team, winning two world titles in 1998 and 1999 with Finnish driver Mika Häkkinen.
Mr Miller set out to build the company’s original success by turning Ilmor’s attention to the IndyCar market.

This almost worked too well. In 2003-05, the company became so dominant in the sport you simply needed an Ilmor-constructed, Honda-branded engine to win. This led to other engine makers pulling out, and Honda reducing its budget for Ilmor’s research, as their vehicles were already outpacing their peers.
The answer to this problem was simple, says Mr Miller. “Honda wanted competition, and Chevrolet wanted to compete.” Ilmor swapped Honda for Chevrolet as the brand housing its engines, making a sporting rival of the team it had helped to become such a success.

At the same time, in the depths of recession, he also broadened the focus of the company. As a hi-tech consultancy, Ilmor does intellectual property work for companies such as McLaren, Aston Martin, Bentley, Nascar, GP racing, and even aerospace projects with Boeing Commercial in Seattle. Its technology is also used in marine, aerospace and defence sectors.

Now employing 72 people, up from 50 people in 2008, and with a turnover of £18m last year, Mr Miller is nurturing British talent, building products that exemplify quality, and exporting for the world stage.

Last year, Ilmor built the complete engine package for Chevrolet: the engine was designed and developed in the UK and components were made here, with a US outfit providing engine servicing and trackside support.

Ilmor powered half of the cars on the IndyCar race circuit last season, winning more than half of the races – including the prestigious Indianapolis race itself – and picked up the manufacturers’ championship on the way.

Read the full article here: - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/1000-companies-inspire-britain/10485675/british-engines-f1-indycar.html

1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

02 December 2013

 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group
"Our report seeks, for the first time, to identify 1,000 of the most exciting small and medium-sized companies in the UK"

London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain: a landmark report that identifies some of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises.

The term SME describes a very broad church of businesses, from the high-street greengrocer to the high-tech manufacturer and exporter. Within this group of more than 4.5 million UK companies there is an exciting subset of fast-growing, dynamic businesses. These "gazelle" companies, as the CBI calls them, or the "vital six per cent", as think-tank Nesta describes them, are of exceptional importance to UK economic growth and job creation.

Celebrating the success of these SMEs is a shockingly under-reported story and 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, seeks, for the first time, to identify 1,000 of the most exciting small and medium-sized companies in the UK.

"In this report, we have focused on metrics beyond short-term revenue and profit growth"

We have also made the very deliberate decision not to rank the 1,000 companies; not least because such a list is out of date the moment it is published. Also, it is easily skewed by the time period chosen or the choice of financial benchmark, and it has an inbuilt bias towards industries that are on the up at the time the research is carried out.

The list of businesses reveals that the UK is a diverse economy, with companies from more than 100 sectors ranging from architecture and automotive, to venture capital and wine. Encouragingly, these companies come from every UK region.



Chevrolet Wins 2013 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship

21 October 2013

Chevrolet Wins 2013 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship
For Second Consecutive Year, Gold Bowtie Clinches Coveted Award

FONTANA, Calif. (October 19, 2013) – With Will Power’s victory tonight at Auto Club Speedway, Chevrolet has clinched its second consecutive IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ championship.

"We are proud of the teamwork and dedicated efforts of our drivers, teams and technical partners that culminated in Chevrolet's second consecutive IndyCar Series manufacturers' championship," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.  "The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine gave our teams the right combination of power, fuel economy, and reliability that resulted in winning this prestigious award.

On the way to the coveted title, drivers of the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 twin turbocharged, direct-injected engine tallied a total of 10 wins in the 19-race 2013 IndyCar Series season that included the exciting win by KV Racing Technology Chevrolet driver Tony Kanaan in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“Clinching the 2013 IndyCar Series manufacturers’ championship with the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 twin turbo-charged direct-injected engine is the result of a collaborative and cooperative effort by our teams and technical partners,” said Mark Kent, Director, Chevrolet Racing. “Chevrolet, Ilmor Engineering, Hitachi, GM Racing Powertrains, Pratt & Miller Engineering and our Chevy teams worked tirelessly to put the best combination of performance and reliability that resulted in this title.  Congratulations to everyone whose contributions have made this second consecutive championship possible.”

The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 team and driver roster that contributed to Chevrolet capturing the Series’ manufacturers’ title are: Team Penske – Helio Castroneves, Will Power and AJ Allmendinger; Andretti Autosport – Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, EJ Viso and Carlos Munoz; KV Racing Technology - Tony Kanaan and Simona De Silvestro; Panther Racing – Oriol Servia and Ryan Briscoe; Ed Carpenter Racing – Ed Carpenter and Dragon Racing – Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra.

Chevrolet returned to IndyCar Series competition in 2012 with Ryan Hunter-Reay capturing the driver championship in addition to the manufacturers’ title. Previously Chevrolet competed in Indy-style racing as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V8 engines that powered Chevrolet to seven Indianapolis 500 victories, and six driver championships.

St. Petersburg – James Hinchcliffe
Barber Motorsports Park – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Sao Paulo, Brazil – James Hinchcliffe
Indianapolis – Tony Kanaan
Texas Motor Speedway – Helio Castroneves
The Milwaukee Mile – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Iowa Speedway – James Hinchcliffe
Sonoma Raceway – Will Power
Reliant Park (Streets of Houston) Race No. 2 – Will Power
Auto Club Speedway – Will Power
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