21 March, 2019

Famous Britsh Car Makers 

With the resurgence of British car manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, McLaren and more, it's truly exciting times.

With Aston Martin entering the SUV market, McLaren with a world's first Hyper-GT, they are attracting interest from around the world.  

This demand confirms the return to the fore of British cars and, in this article, you'll learn about some of the car manufacturers who left their mark on the world.

Mini

The Mini has become a staple of British culture and its popularity reached new heights after its appearances across the Italian Job, Austin Powers, Mr Bean and other classics.

What's remarkable about the car is the fact that Alec Issigonis, who designed the car, did so on a napkin! 

The car was eventually launched in 1959 by the British Motor Corporation. Since then, it's received numerous alterations and upgrades over time. 

Setting new benchmarks in car design with FWD, the MINI is one of the most influential cars of the 20th century.

To explore their world further, check out our spotlight: Britain's greatest car manufacturer Mini.

Rolls-Royce

When it comes to luxury and comfort, Rolls-Royce is at the mountain top. Their Phantom range can reach as high as $650,000 and is adorned in everything you can think of.

The car of choice for Royalty, world leaders and more, it's the combination of luxury and comfort which has made them one of the most desirable car brands in the world. 

One of their most notable buyers was none other than John Lennon! He transformed his Phantom V into a piece of memorabilia.

With its groovy lines and sensual colours, it's become a worldwide hit and can be found touring various parts of the world for fans to see.

Discover where it all began with our article: Britain's greatest car manufacturer Rolls-Royce.

Lotus

Still influencing car design today is Lotus, whose landmark philosophy was adopted by most the market. 

Founded by Colin Chaplin, he endeavoured to simplify car design before making them as lightweight as possible. This nimble approach secured 13 FIA F1 championships and a lot of admirers as the field copied his design.

This approach to F1 car design trickled over into road cars as the likes of the Exige, Elise and more have changed the way that engineering and car design is performed. 

To explore the world of Lotus and their design philosophy, check out our article: Britain's greatest car manufacturer Lotus.

Bentley

When Walter Owen Bentley founded Bentley over 100 years ago, he had a simple vision. 

He sought to build a fast car, the best in its class. Now, at the time this was ludicrous but Bentley silenced critics by winning Le Mans 5 times in the late '20s and early '30s.

Renowned for their luxury and performance, they were selling well among buyers but changed dramatically during the Great Depression.

Rolls-Royce jumped at the chance to acquire them and it was the start of a controversial relationship. This came to an end in 1998 when they were sold and performed a serious assault on the touring market with their groundbreaking Continental GT.

Read about this and more In our article: Britain's greatest car manufacturer Bentley Motors.

Jaguar

Jaguar came back with a roar when they debuted the F-Pace. Credited as turning a new leaf for the company, they continue to abide by their philosophy which combines performance and beauty.

This endeavour created a car which caught the attention of Enzo Ferrari so much, he called it the most beautiful car in the world.

The car in question was the Jaguar E-Type. If you like trivial information, this was going to be the James Bond car but they pulled out!

The Jaguar E-type is just an example of the times Jaguar created a car to acclaim. Other cars include the XJ220 which became the fastest production car in the world when it debuted at the NEC Motor Show in 1988.

Don't forget the Jaguar XJR-9. It won the 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans in 1988 and came back to haunt the field again when it won the Le Mans legends race.

Explore the world of Jaguar in our article: Britain's greatest car manufacturer Jaguar.

Brabham

If you're familiar with Brabham, you'll know they are a racing family.

Created by Sir Jack Brabham, the three-time F1 title winner, started his own team and became the only driver to win a championship with a car he built. 

His success was passed down to his three sons who have tasted victory in the likes of Formula 3000, Le Mans and other endurance races.

Despite the loss of their founder, they continue to create cars and turned up the heat with the BT62.

This track-focused car takes performance to new levels and rivals that of the McLaren Senna.

Boasting a 5.4L V8 which churns out 700bhp, this car has been built by racers for the track so you can expect some potent performance. Explore the car here: Review of the Brabham BT62.

Final Words

You've read insights into their stories and explored their varies origins which led them to the same place - the history books.

But a question remains, who is your favourite British car maker? 

From the racing spirit of the track-focused Brabham right down to the ultra-luxurious Rolls Royce, it's a difficult choice.

One thing that isn't difficult is knowing that British car design knows no boundaries.

What these car makers, among others, have done is influence car design and push performance to new levels. The reputation of British car design stretches around the world and continues to be a leading force.

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