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Few organisations can match our heritage in designing, developing and building customer racing and high-performance road cars.

Since we started in 1984, every race or rally car we’ve designed or managed has won. We’ve proved repeatedly that we know what’s needed to win.

For more than 30 years cars we’ve built have triumphed in World and European, Australian, Asian, African and North and South American championships.

We’ve run more than 20 seasons of internationally successful Touring Car and Rally championships on behalf of OEMs.

“RML won 88 WTCC races for Chevrolet,” says Nick Reilly, former President of GM Europe. “We were last into the series but soon became the dominant team. RML were very professional and great ambassadors for us.”

There’s a complete list of our cars’ victories further on but here’s a brief summary –

1 WSCC World Sports Car Championship

4 LMS LMP2 Championships

3 ELMS European Le Mans Series titles

2 Grand Am GTO Championships

2 LMP2 Le Mans 24H Class Wins

9 WTCC World Touring Car Championships

8 BTCC British Touring Car Championships

4 European Rally Championships (customer)

2 ASCAR Championships

5 Customer Touring Car Championships

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British Touring Car Championship

Every car in the MSA British Touring Car Championship runs on our chassis and suspension components, sub-frames and steering systems – we’re the suppliers of the specified units.

To give teams the service they demand, we’ve implemented a full inventory ERP/MRP solution which runs remotely on our support truck.That enables specific stock control throughout the course of a race meeting, as well as automated post processing for stock replenishment. That in turn les us to deliver parts at critical times during race weekends while ensuring we will be ready for the following round.

We value and pride ourselves on this level of customer support. When and where any BTCC team needs parts or support we are there to deliver – before the race weekend, during the event, or post-race.

Our history of BTCC success stretches back to 1992 when we started running race and championship-winning programmes for
multiple OEMs.

Our Heritage In Touring Cars

We started running highly successful manufacturer programmes in 1992 and have played a pivotal role in touring car racing ever since.

We’ve won for Vauxhall, Nissan, SEAT and Chevrolet with eight British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) titles and nine FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) titles. Our customers have also won European, Australian, Asian, African and other domestic Touring Car Championships.

After we secured the BTCC Teams’ and Drivers’ Championships for Vauxhall in 1995, Nissan awarded us a BTCC contract to take on the Works Teams from Williams-Renault, TWR Volvo, Honda, Audi, Peugeot, Ford, Alfa Romeo and Vauxhall. True to form, success was instant – we won the 1998 Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championships with the formidable Nissan Primera GT.

More success followed in 1999 with the BTCC triple crown – Drivers’, Manufacturers’ and Teams’ titles. In 2004, we undertook the works programme for SEAT, before switching focus to the World Touring Car Championship with Chevrolet in 2005. A return to the BTCC series in 2010 brought us another title for Chevrolet.

Our partnership with Chevrolet is a showcase for what we can achieve for a major car brand in a production-based motorsport series.

Over the eight-year FIA World Touring Car Championship programme we gave Chevrolet 88 victories and delivered triple back-to-back Driver and Constructor Championships. They were General Motors’ only World Championship titles in any series.

So many championship titles and wins cemented RML’s position as one of the most successful entrants in global Touring Car competition.

Prototype Sports Cars

Anyone who’s raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours knows it’s not easy to win in any class there. We’ve done so twice. We’ve delivered outstanding Prototype Sports Car racing results for nearly three decades and achieved back-to-back class wins at one of the world’s best-known motorsport events.

When we entered the Le Mans Series LMP2 Championship in 2007 with an MG-Lola AER EX264 we won the title outright. We won again in 2010 with the Lola HPD LMP2 Coupe in a programme fully supported by businessman and driver Mike Newton, with sponsorship from his group of
companies.

While our successes for OEMs have been an integral part of Prototype Sports Car programmes, they’ve helped brands such as Aston Martin, Nissan and MG reinforce their motorsport credentials while enhancing their road cars’ images.

Rally Championships

We’ve won in rallying, too. The RML-designed-and-built Astra Formula 2 rally kit car took the German title in its opening season and achieved numerous European wins.

Later, we delivered the ultimate UK spot for Vauxhall by winning the hotly-contended British Rally Championship Manufacturers’ title.

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

GT

American manufacturer Saleen called upon our all-encompassing capabilities to design and manufacture America’s first-ever road going supercar, the Saleen S7. It was designed and made in just nine months, ready for its press debut in California.

Simultaneously, we built a racing
counterpart, the S7R, for Saleen to challenge the Chevrolet Corvettes in the
American Le Mans Series’ (ALMS), and GTO competitors within the Grand American (Grand-AM) series. The S7R scored its first class victory in the 2001 ALMS season at the renowned 12 Hours of Sebring, defeating the OEM-entered Corvettes and finishing sixth overall.

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

Recently, we supplied the body-in-white, engine and electronics for Jaguar’s F-Type SVR GT4 and supported the customer teams.

Our Winning heritage

The works team victories that have built our reputation and capability -

Touring car wins

1995 - RML claim 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 secure BTCC Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Titles for Nissan

1999 - RML again win BTCC Manufacturers’ and Teams’ titles plus the Drivers’ crown for Nissan

2004 - RML gain nine BTCC wins for works SEAT team

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

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

2011 - RML record 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 claim 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 claim 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 GT1 class

Prototype sportscar wins

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

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

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

1990 - RML develops and prepares NPTI Nissan R90C Group C1 programme for Le Mans 24 Hours. Car lead for five hours and set a new lap record

2005 - RML manage AD Promotions/Dedicated Micros Le Mans/Le
Mans Endurance Series programme, winning the LMP2 class at Le Mans 24 Hours 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 and finishing second in the LMES LMP2 class

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

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

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