Founded in 1985 by Jim Marland, Proteus has been a leader in the field of replica inspired sports cars, evoking the sights, sounds, performance and experience of a 1950s sports racing car coupled with modern reliability and handling. The company has a reputation for engineering excellence and superb craftsmanship, resulting in cars that are today some of the most valuable re-creations of those iconic models. Proteus was purchased in 2008 by its current owners, with Jim Marland re-joining the company as a technical consultant. Proteus have built a total of around 270 cars at their base near Reading and they currently produce a Jaguar C-Type replica.
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Racing green Engineering Ltd is a family owned and run business, born out of a passion for historic cars that stretches back over 40 years. Founded by Peris Edwards and later joined by his son in law Nigel Holmes, they have grown Racing Green Engineering Ltd to become an accepted leader in automotive nostalgia with their highly regarded Bentley, Alfa Romeo and Alvis recreations, as well as their bespoke marque restoration work. The continued passion of Peris, Nigel and their team of 37 dedicated craftmen remains totally infectious and a visit to Wales and Racing Green Engineering Ltd will ignite the enthusiasm of any visitor as they stroll around the workshops in rural Carmarthanshire.
When Mick Hyde and Phil Abbott started Radical in 1997 with the iconic Clubsport, it became the first company to create a bespoke powertrain system for a superbike-powered sports racer. It is the only manufacturer of club racing cars that can draw on knowledge from building carbon chassis LMP cars that have raced successfully at Le Mans, around Europe and in the USA. Unable to find a suitable race series for their customers in the UK, they started their own and now offer several single marque race series with unrivalled trackside spares and technical support. Designed, developed and built at their factory in Peterborough, Radical now offer a wide range of competition and road/track cars through their SR and RXC model ranges.
Radical set out to create a new niche in the sportscar scene offering drivers incredible performance for a realistic price, and their success is born out in the sales figures. As they enter their third decade with a fresh brand perspective, high-performance range and thrilling championship portfolio, over 2,000 Radical owners can’t be wrong.
Raptor Sports Cars was established in 2001 and is one of the very few car makers based in Scotland. They quickly made a name for themselves as one of the leaders in building bespoke race spec engines, and in particular using Peugeot engines as the base for the modifications. Competition success followed and their customer base soon became global, supplying engines from Taiwan to Barbados, with most of the core components coming out of their own premises near Edinburgh.
In 2012, after squeezing an extra 70bhp out of a Ford 2000 Zetec engine, they began to turn their attention to developing a car of their own, along the lines of the familiar Lotus Seven style. Having built a leading kit car version of this car, they decided to keep close to the iconic styling of the Seven, but at the same time bring the chassis and running gear right up to date. The Raptor was borne and it's ideally suited to road, track and competition use.
The company now produce several versions of the Raptor, which they claim has one of the largest cockpits available in the Seven style. powered by Ford engines in various states of tune, with the emphasis on 'very powerful'! They also offer the car with a choice of bike engines.
Raw Engineering was established in 1999 and in 2002 aquired the well regarded Striker, a Seven style sports car. Over the ensuing years Raw worked hard to refine it further. In 2010 the company was bought by brothers Callum and Jeremy Bulmer and in addition to the Striker they now also make two other lightweight sports cars, the Phoenix and the Fulcrum, at their headquarters in Shelwick, Herefordshire.