Motorsport industry continues drive into defence

Posted on 5 Aug 2011 by The Manufacturer

Supacat and QT Services have agreed to create a fully-integrated military variant of the Wildcat 500 DKR that will feature unrivalled high-speed performance in harsh environments.

Through the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) Motorsport to Defence diversification programme, members successfully transfer their high-performance engineering skills into the defence market.

The modification and transfer of an entire vehicle from the UK’s motorsport industry into a military role by Supacat, is an industry first.

Supacat are responsible for militarising the race-bred Wildcat, including systems integration and volume production. Lightweight armour solutions, weapons and communications systems can be fitted to meet customer requirements.

Jamie Clark, Sales & Marketing Manager, Supacat, said: “This is the first time we have taken an entire platform from the racing sector and marketed it into defence – it’s very exciting! Wildcat’s rugged and high performance profile is an ideal fit with Supacat, as we have an unrivalled pedigree in off road performance military vehicles. The Wildcat is a different level in terms of performance and durability, as it’s race results prove, in the desert and rugged environments. We continue to successfully use the motorsport industry to enhance our current products.”

Dave Marsh, QT Service’s Managing Director added: “The Wildcat fits in well with Supacat’s existing product range of high-performance vehicles; we’re very much looking forward to tackling new markets with our well-proven product.”

Other MIA members involved are Alcon Components, who specialise in the design, development and manufacture of specialist brakes and clutches for use in motorsport and defence; and Simtex, who produce excellence in electrical and electronic systems in motorsport and defence.

Alistair Fergusson, MIA Chairman and Managing Director of Alcon Components, sponsors of the M2D programme, commented: “Alcon has supported the Motorsport to Defence initiative from the start. It is really encouraging to see MIA members combine forces to develop such an exciting product for military use.

The MIA are exhibiting at the DSEi exhibition in September at ExCeL, London, from 13 to 16 September, on Stand No. N4-395, together with a number of MIA members, including Supacat, where the Wildcat vehicle will be displayed in a prominent position on their stand.