Uk partnership for booming Chinese motorsport

Posted on 5 Jul 2013 by Tim Brown

The Chinese Touring Car Championship (CTCC) is one of many fast-growing motorsport race series in China - and Asia-Pacific - whose popularity is rising thanks to partnerships with UK companies like transmission specialist Hewland Engineering.

Chinese motor racing is growing at such a phenomenal rate that racing teams in the region are looking to more experienced areas of the world to support this growth. Hewland is an example of one company tapping into this burgeoning market. In fact 69% of its sales last year were exports.

The Hewland Engineering factory in Berkshire.
The Hewland Engineering factory in Berkshire.

Hewland has been providing its EGT racing gearbox to the CTCC since 2011 and supplied the gearbox for the fastest car in the 2012 Championship’s Super Production Class (1600 turbo class), a VW Scirroco from the Shanghai VW 333 Racing team.

“With the prospect of an Asian Touring Car Championship in 2014, and the rise of junior race series in the region cultivating the next generation of talent, Chinese motorsport is facing a bright and exciting future. We fully expect more countries in Asia-Pac to follow suit over the next 12 months,” said William Hewland, president, Hewland Engineering.

“As we have a presence in almost every form of motorsport around the globe, from F1 to one-make series’, we have the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to requests from new markets. We look forward to closely supporting Asia-Pac motorsport with our specialist transmission technology as the industry continues to grow.”