Raceline Cars Limited was founded in 1994 by Chris Smith and Peter McEwen, primarily to develop the then recently-introduced Ford Zetec engine for club motorsport and fast road use. Raceline was one of the first companies to spot the potential of the new engine, and although it has expanded and diversified since, still offers a range of specialist components and tuning packages for the Ford Zetec engine. More recently, the company has developed a range of performance upgrades and tuning components for the Lotus Elise, products which have been universally praised by customers and critics alike. The latest product line is range of tuning and in-line installation components for the new Ford Duratec engine, as found in the new Ford Mondeo launched in late 2000
Raceline's technical director Peter McEwen was trained as an aircraft engineer in his native New Zealand, before his passion for motorsports brought him to the UK and a job with the Brabham Formula One team (now sadly defunct). Among other things, he built Brabham's wind tunnel, at the time a state-of-the-art facility, and was one of the team that created the infamous Alfa Romeo 164-based Procar, a one-off prototype which deservedly won praise from all who saw it for the quality of its design and construction. Peter has taken that experience and put it to good use here at Raceline, where he is responsible for all product design and development. An accomplished driver, having started racing in Formula Ford 1600 back in New Zealand, Peter won the popular Cars and Car Conversions Speed championship in 1993 and 1994 in the company's own Caterham Seven demonstrator, extensively modified and developed by Raceline, and Zetec powered, of course.
The company slogan, Performance Engineered, was carefully selected to reflect our company philosophy. It is generally accepted that the aircraft industry - for obvious reasons - insists on the very highest standards of engineering and technical excellence. Technical director Peter McEwen's background in the aero industry ensures that he brings to all of Raceline's product design and development the aircraft engineer's customary attention to detail and obsession with quality. Raceline products are superbly designed and expertly manufactured, using the best available materials and methods, to ensure total customer satisfaction. But above all Peter will not allow any product carrying the Raceline name and Performance Engineered logo to be sold until he is satisfied that it has been comprehensively tested.
That means that all of Raceline's engine conversions and packages have been extensively dyno tested, so you can be sure they are thoroughly proven and, more importantly perhaps, you may be confident our power outputs, where quoted, are real and verifiable, not 'claimed', 'projected' or 'guesstimated'. Of course, our obsession with performance and functionality does not mean that aesthetics are forgotten... far from it: Raceline products are also designed to look good. But above all, they are designed to perform, and engineered to keep doing so.
Perhaps it goes without saying that Raceline products are not the cheapest. Frankly, we don't care. Quality never comes cheap, and we make no apology for that. If you want the cheapest, you'd best look elsewhere: but if you want the best, you know where to come....
Why not have your car Performance Engineered... by Raceline