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From initial design, build and race management to championship success on track RML is one of the most respected motorsport and automotive engineering companies in the industry.

Over the three past decades numerous RML built cars have competed across the globe in various championships, with customer teams adding to the portfolio of wins in the World European, Australian, Asian and South African championships.

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BTCC

RML are responsible for the supply of the specified chassis and suspension components, sub-frames and steering systems for the MSA British Touring Car Championship. RML have implemented a full inventory ERP/MRP solution, running remotely on the support truck, which enables specific stock control throughout the course of the event as well as automated post processing to stock replenishment This management allows us to deliver parts at critical times during the race weekend whilst being sure we will be ready for the following round. RML values and prides itself on customer support, when any BTCC Team require parts or support we are there to deliver, whether that be before the race weekend, during the event or post-race.

RML have a history of success with the BTCC stretching back to 1992, running race and championship winning programmes for multiple OEMs.

Touring cars history

RML has played a pivotal role in touring cars since 1992 having managed highly successful manufacturer programmes for Nissan, Vauxhall and Chevrolet.

For the respective works contracts, RML has won a total of eight British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) titles and seven FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) titles. RML customers have also won European, Australian, Asian, South African and other domestic Touring Car championships.

After winning the BTCC Teams and Drivers Championships for Vauxhall in 1995, RML were awarded a Nissan BTCC Works contract taking on the Works Teams from Williams Renault, TWR Volvo, Honda, Audi, Peugeot, Ford, Alfa and Vauxhall. True to form, success was instant – winning the 1998 Manufacturers’ and Team’ Championships with the formidable Nissan Primera GT.

More success followed in 1999 with the WTCC triple crown – Drivers’, Manufacturers’ and Teams’ titles. In 2004, RML took on the works programme for SEAT, before switching focus to the World Touring Car Championship with Chevrolet in 2005. A BTCC return to the series in 2010 saw another title claimed on behalf of Chevrolet.

RML Group’s partnership with Chevrolet is a showcase for what RML can achieve for a major car brand in a production based motorsport series.

Over the eight year FIA World Touring Car Championship programme RML achieved 68 victories and delivered triple back-to-back Driver and Constructor Championships for Chevrolet. These marked General Motors only World Championship titles in any series.

These championship titles and numerous wins cemented RML’s position as one of the most successful in Touring Car competition globally.

Prototype Sports Cars

RML is a multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner delivering outstanding results within Prototype Sports Car racing for nearly three decades; achieving back-to-back class wins at one of the most globally recognised events on the motorsport calendar.

In 2007 RML entered the Le Mans Series LMP2 Championship with an MG-Lola AER EX264 and won the title outright. This triumph was repeated in 2010 when RML switched to the Lola HPD LMP2 Coupe. The program was fully supported by business man and driver Mike Newton with sponsorship from his group of companies.

RML’s successes for OEMs has been integral for Prototype Sports Car programmes, helping major brands such as Aston Martin, Nissan and MG reinforce their motorsport credentials while enhancing the perception of road car product ranges.

Rally

RML’s reputation also spreads to the enduring rally arena. During its opening season, the RML designed and built the Astra Formula 2 rally kit car which won the German title and achieved numerous European wins.

RML then delivered the ultimate UK spot for Vauxhall by winning the hotly contended British Rally Championship Manufacturers’ title.

In addition, Opel appointed RML to design and build a Corsa for the Super 1600 category. Debuting at the prestigious 2002 Monte Carlo Rally it proved extremely competitive on all surfaces reigniting Opel’s vigour as an OEM rally entrant amid stiff opposition.

GT

American manufacturer Saleen required RML’s all-encompassing capabilities to design and manufacture America’s first ever road going supercar, the Saleen S7. In just nine months, the S7 was designed and manufactured for its press debut in Canada.

Built alongside a racing counterpart, the S7R, Saleens’s desire was to conquer the American Le Mans Series’ (ALMS) OEM entries from Chevrolet and Corvette, and GTO competitors within the Grand American (Grand-AM). Competing in the ALMS in 2001, the S7R’s first class victory came at the renowned 12 Hours of Sebring, defeating the OEM entered Corvettes and finishing sixth overall.

For the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), RML won the Manufacturers’, Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships, winning four out of the five races within the GTS category, including one outright win. During its first season the S7R won 11 times out of 16 starts, perfectly demonstrating Saleen’s motorsport capabilities to S7 road car customers.

Winning heritage

Winning heritage has defined RML since its inception in 1984. Every race or rally car designed or managed by RML has won in its designated championship.

Rally wins

1998 - RML works Astra F2 wins first rally in Germany

1999 - RML works Astra F2 wins rally championships in Sweden, Germany and Norway

2000 - RML works Astra F2 Team wins British Rally Championship and works Astra F2 wins Norwegian and German National Rally Championships

2002 - Opel Corsa Super 1600 wins first rally

2003 - Opel Corsa Super 1600 wins British S1600 and British Junior Rally Championships

Touring car wins

1995 - RML claims BTCC Drivers’ and Teams’ Titles for Vauxhall with RML Cavaliers winning touring car titles in South Africa and Japan

1996 - RML Cavaliers/Vectras win touring car titles in South Africa, Thailand and Australia

1998 - RML claims BTCC Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Titles for Nissan

1999 - RML claims BTCC Manufacturers’, Teams’ & Drivers’ titles for Nissan

2004 - RML claims nine BTCC wins for works SEAT team

2009 - RML claims six WTCC wins for works Chevrolet team and 11 BTCC wins

2010 - RML claims first WTCC Drivers’, Manufacturers’ & Teams’ Championships for Chevrolet and takes the BTCC Drivers Championship for Chevrolet

2011 - RML claims second WTCC Drivers’, Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championships for Chevrolet with the RML Global 1.6-litre turbo engine, taking 21 of 24 wins and every pole position

2012 - RML claims third WTCC Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships for Chevrolet with Rob Huff, Alain Menu & Yvan Muller finishing first, second and third in the Drivers’ standings

2013 - RML claims FIA WTCC Drivers’ Championship with Yvan Muller (his third with RML) and secures the Yokohama Teams’ Trophy

GT wins

2001 - RML designed and built Saleen S7R wins Sebring 12 Hours and all but one race in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) taking the Manufacturers’, Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships.

In subsequent years the Saleens took multiple victories across the globe in customer hands, including winning the 2010 Le Mans 24 hours in the GT1 class

Prototype sportscar wins

1985 - RML Ecurie Ecosse Ford second in C2 World Sports Car Teams Championship

1986 - RML Ecurie Ecosse Austin Rover wins C2 World Sports Car Teams Championship

1987 - RML Ecurie Ecosse Ford second in C2 World Sportscar Teams Championship

1990 - RML develop and prepare NPTI Nissan R90C Group C1 programme for Le Mans. Car lead the race for five hours and set a new lap record

2005 - RML manage AD Promotions/Dedicated Micros Le Mans/LMES programme winning the LMP2 class at Le Mans and finishing second in the Le Mans Series

2006 - RML manage AD Promotions/Dedicated Micros Le Mans/LMES programme, winning the LMP2 category at La Sarthe, finishing second in the LMP2 class of LMES

2007 - RML wins the LMP2 class of Le Mans Series and compete in Le Mans 24 Hours with the MG-Lola EX264

2010 - RML wins the LMP2 class of Le Mans Series with Lola-HPD LMP2 Coupe