Britain's Greatest Manufacturer Spotlight - Westfield Cars
The next in our series is Westfield Cars whose admiration for the Lotus XI led to this company being born and who have since become a leading authority in the Kit-Car market.
The History of Westfield Cars
Westfield cars are a kit company created by former racing driver Chris Smith. Completely captivated by the 1956 Lotus XI Le Mans car, Chris starting re-creating them but he was nearly overwhelmed with requests from car enthusiasts to make them one.
Westfield Cars were created in 1983 and he soon expanded his company to keep up with his order book for the first model which was the Westfield XI Replica Kit. This car was relaunched in 2004 due to popular demand.
'Every aspect of the Westfield XI is sharp and beautifully balanced' - Classic & Sports Car 2006.
Westfield moved to their current premises in 1991 to increase their production and also introduce new models to their range such as the SEIGHT which was able to do 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. This car received critical acclaim and took Westfield Cars to even greater heights.
Acquisition of Westfield Cars
2006 saw Potenza acquire Westfield Cars. Potenza acquired GTM Cars and Roadster Bil AB to further increase the Westfield production system.
Attention turns to Europe
2009 saw Westfield obtain European Small Series Production Status with their Sports Turbo model and this was a big turning point as they started getting a lot of interest from Europe.
Venture into Electric Vehicle Market
Westfield entered the electric market with the launch of the I-Sport at the 2010 motor show in Geneva. Westfield would later extend their arm in electric motoring with a hybrid Sports Turbo at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
2013 saw the MegaS2000 released which utilised the Honda S2000 engine and gearbox
"Following in the footsteps of the top spec Mega Busa and SEiGHT, Westfield’s latest Mega S2000 brings all the chassis sophistication of the company’s turnkey Sport Turbo to the kit car masses, and then some"
Westfield has sold over 12000 cars since 1983 and produces over 400 cars a year.
Future of Westfield
Westfield has become a serious manufacturer since their inception and has become well-known competitors of kit-car legends like Caterham. However, is their story of passion and enthusiasm enough to make them Britain's greatest? Perhaps Williams has something to say about that whose Family dynasty is coming next in our series.