30th Anniversary Celebration

17 March 2014

Ilmor celebrated the 30th anniversary in great style on 14 March 2014 in Brixworth. 

Many thanks to all those who came and helped to make it such a memorable event.

Ilmor Celebrates Thirty Year Anniversary

29 January 2014

We are very pleased to announce that we have just passed our 30th anniversary earlier in January and are in the process of planning a celebration in the Spring.

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

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