Tiger Racing is a family run business, founded in 1989, and based in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. They currently build seven different models of road and race cars, including two under the famous name of ERA (English Racing Automobiles), for which they own the trademark. The company is proud of its customer back-up service following the purchase of one of its cars. Their on-site facilities include two engineering shops, sales/show area, paint department, trimming shop, petrol station, MOT workshop and an impressive parts department. Tiger Racing, as their name suggests, have teamed up with the BARC with a new Tiger class competing in the Southern Saloon and Sportcars series and continuing with the ERA class in the Single Seater series. They can supply race cars for both these series.
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Toniq Ltd was founded in 2003 by Colin Williams, an experienced designer who for 15 years had worked with the likes of TVR, Marcos Engineering and some bigger automotive names. His first project, the Toniq R was widely acclaimed by the specialist automotive press as a visionary leap forward for the lightweight sports car market. Its successor, the recently launched Toniq CB, has built on this solid start by offering contempary styling combined with cutting edge chassis and suspension design to create an astonishing all-round package which drives as well as it looks. The company is based near Newquay in Cornwall.
Tornado Sports Cars were formed in 1984 and production of their handbuilt GT40 replica, the TSC GT40, began in 1989. They have continually, developed, improved and produced GT40 replicas since that time, making Tornado by far the longest established manufacturer of these iconic 1960s race cars. 2012 marked their 23rd year of continual GT40 replica production and to date they have produced hundreds of TSC GT40 replicas and exported them to 31 countries, from their premises in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Tornado Sports Cars have now been awarded a low volume approval manufacturers' status by VOSA. This enables Tornado to manufacture a maximum of 300 'turnkey' cars per year for sale direct to customers.
Toyota's decision to establish a a manufacturing plant in Europe was announced in 1989 and Toyota Manufacturing UK was established in December that year. There are two manufacturing plants in the UK representing a total investment in excess of £1.85 billion and currently approximately 3,100 members are employed. The vehicle manufacturing plant is located at Burnaston in Derbyshire, the engine manufacturing plant is located at Deeside in North Wales. The first car, a Carina E, drove off the production line on 16 December 1992. The new Avensis replaced the Carina E in 1997 and by 2008 a third generation Avensis had been launched. In 1998 a second model, the Corolla, was introduced and in 2001 a new generation Corolla was launched. In 2007, production of the Auris, the new Toyota hatchback, started replacing the Corolla. Production of the Auris Hybrid, the first full mass-produced hybrid in Europe, began in 2010. The Avensis has now been discontinued, and in late summer 2018 the company announced that a new Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports would replace the Auris models early in 2019. Burnaston is the exclusive European production centre for the new Corolla. The Saloon model will be produced in Turkey.
The original Trident car company, based in Suffolk, made attractive looking sports cars, often in co-operation with TVR, between the mid sixties and seventies.
The current company, Trident Sports Cars Ltd, was set up by Phil Bevan in 2005 and is now based accross the border in Swaffham, Norfolk.
Phil has spent many years painstakingly developing his Iceni supercar design, which is the culmination of a dream to produce a Grand Tourer with unique features and innovations. In particular he has developed a technique known as Torque Multiplication, which in effect involves the use of a large capacity diesel engine to provide high performance, but at the same time giving the potential for startlingly low fuel consumption. Trident are currently building customer's orders for a coupé and roadster version of the Iceni, with an estate version under development.