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Prodrive

Knowledge Identifier: &Prodrive

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Prodrive

English motorsport and automotive engineering group based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England add

Category: Business (14)

Founded in 1984.

Countries: (24%), United Kingdom (20%), Italy (12%)

Main connections: Subaru, Subaru Impreza, Formula One

Linked to: Subaru, Ford Motor Company, Private company limited by shares, BMW

 

Timeline


 

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1987

In 1987, they expanded into touring cars, running BMWs $M3 (BMW_M3) in the British Touring Car Championship add something


1988

They were the outright 1988 champions, and class champions in 1989 and 1990 add something


1989

Glenn Seton - He drove for his own Glenn Seton Racing from 1989 to 2002, before selling the team to Prodrive and was changed to Ford Performance Racing, which he spent two years driving for

 

Subaru Impreza - To jumpstart its early rally efforts, and to develop the Impreza into a competitive rally car, Subaru teamed up with preparatory firm and British motorsports company Prodrive, in 1989

 

Subaru Impreza - To jumpstart its early rally efforts, and to develop the Impreza into a competitive rally car, Subaru teamed up with preparatory firm and British motorsports company Prodrive, in 1989


1990

In 1990, Prodrive started rallying with Subaru, a relationship which lasted until December 2008, when the global economic downturn forced their withdrawal from World Rallying add something

 

The distinctive blue with yellow colour scheme was a throwback to the early 1990s sponsorship deal with 555, a BAT cigarette brand popular in Asia add something

 

Possum Bourne - But it would be the Impreza WRX that he would become most associated with, driving for the Prodrive &Subaru World Rally Team in Rally New Zealand, Australia and in Indonesia, partnered by Kenneth Eriksson in the mid 1990s, before going on to win multiple Australian titles with his own team


1991

Jonathan Palmer - A season in the British Touring Car Championship for the Prodrive &BMW team followed in 1991 but Palmer's commitments were by now being taken up by his business interests with the formation of PalmerSport, which specialises in corporate driving activities


1993

The first Subaru victory in the WRC was by McRae in a Legacy during the 1993 Rally New Zealand add something

 

Ford Mondeo - As mentioned above, Andy Rouse Engineering ran the cars from 1993 to 1995, at which point West Surrey Racing ran the works team from 1996 to 1998, with Prodrive taking over beginning 1999


1994

Alfa Romeo Brera - Alfa Romeo and Prodrive had previously collaborated in motorsport, campaigning an Alfa Romeo 155 in the BTCC during 1994 and 1995

 

Piero Liatti - His exploits in the & Subaru in 1994 caught the eye of the Prodrive Subaru team and he was signed by for 1995 through to 1998


1995

Subaru Impreza - To commemorate Colin McRae's success in the international rally scene, Subaru in the UK released 200 limited edition "Series McRae" WRXs in June 1995, prepared by Prodrive

 

Subaru Impreza - To commemorate Colin McRae's success in the international rally scene, Subaru in the UK released 200 limited edition "Series McRae" WRXs in June 1995, prepared by Prodrive


1999

As a result Arden signed Viktor Maslov as a driver under the Lukoil deal from 1999 add something

 

David Brabham - Since 1999 he has been a regular in the American Le Mans Series , having raced for teams such as Panoz and Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello


2000

FPV now designs and manufactures around 2000 high performance cars for the local market add something

 

In 2000 Prodrive expanded out of its base in Banbury, UK and bought a private proving ground in Warwickshire to house its automotive technology business add something

 

Petter Solberg - In 2000 however, Solberg was able to leave Ford's M-Sport outfit prematurely, due to an insufficient contract, to sign with the Prodrive &Subaru_World_Rally_Team , led by a driving staff of Richard Burns and Juha Kankkunen

 

Subaru Impreza - The standard UK Impreza Turbo 2000 was tuned and partly restyled by Prodrive in 1999 to create the WRX "Prodrive WR Sport"

 

Subaru Impreza - The standard UK Impreza Turbo 2000 was tuned and partly restyled by Prodrive in 1999 to create the WRX "Prodrive WR Sport"


2001

In 2001 the company acquired Tickford and merged this automotive engineering business into its own operations add something

 

In 2001, Prodrive entered sports car racing with its own privately developed Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello add something

 

Ferrari 550 - In 2001, Prodrive built racing customer versions of the 550 for various sports car series and especially the 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

Ferrari 550 - The factory Prodrive team would win two FIA GT Championship races in the cars debut in late 2001

 

In December 2001 Prodrive was brought in to manage the unsuccessful Formula One constructor BAR add something


2002

Ford Performance Vehicles - In 2002, following the purchase of Tickford by Prodrive, the Ford Performance Vehicles company was formed as a joint venture between Ford Australia and Prodrive

 

Jacques Villeneuve - Pollock was sacked from his post as team manager in 2002 and was replaced by Prodrive boss David Richards


2003

The highlight for the programme was GTS class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003 add something

 

Ron Fellows - For the 2003 season, Corvette Racing won the American Le Mans Series GTS title with a very close down to the wire fight with the Prodrive Ferrari 550 team


2004

Prodrive raced the car until 2004 winning numerous races in the FIA GT and American Le Mans Series add something

 

The success of this project led to a full works programme with Aston Martin and the creation of Aston Martin Racing in late 2004, a partnership between Prodrive and the British motor manufacturer add something


2005

The team won on its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005 with its new DBR9 GT1 car add something

 

Lancia Stratos - At the Geneva Auto Show of 2005, a British design firm known as Fenomenon, who had rights to the name, exhibited a retromodern concept version of the Stratos, designed by Christian Hrabalec and following its exhibition at the Frankfurt show, developed by Prodrive


2006

Martin Schanche - As of 2006, he have been working as a consultant for Prodrive on the work of Subarus WRC-cars

 

Ron Fellows - Corvette Racing's opposition during 2006 was the Prodrive &Aston_Martin team, which ran two full-season cars on Pirelli tires

 

Jason Bright - In 2006, he drove for Prodrive in an Aston Martin at the Sebring 12 Hour finishing fourth

 

In March 2006, Prodrive announced its intent to build a £200million, motorsport facility called "'The Fulcrum add something

 

On 28 April 2006, Prodrive were officially granted entry to F1 when the FIA announced the list of entrants to the 2008 Formula One World Championship add something

 

As of 3 August 2006, Prodrive has won the support of the Warwick District Council planning committee for development of The Fulcrum add something


2007

Aston Martin Racing subsequently competed in the American Le Mans Series and at Le Mans with the highlights of the programme being two GT1 class victories at Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 add something

 

In 2007 Apax sold their investment in the business and in 2008, The Investment Dar company, based in Kuwait, acquired a share of the business add something

 

Aston Martin Vantage (2005) - In 2007 Prodrive released a tuning package for the $V8 (V8_engine) Vantage, which consists of four separate packages that can be installed in stages

 

In March 2007 a consortium led by Prodrive chairman David Richards bought British sports car firm Aston Martin from Ford, bringing Aston Martin back into British control add something

 

Following a legal challenge by Williams to Prodrive's proposed use of a customer car David Richards announced on 23 November 2007 that Prodrive would not be entering Formula One for the 2008 season add something


2008

After a number of years of poor performances, Subaru announced their withdrawal from the WRC at the end of the 2008 season add something

 

While the Subaru World Rally programme ended in 2008, today its motorsport manufacturer programmes include Aston Martin Racing in world sportscar racing, Ford Performance Racing in the Australian V8 Supercar Series and the new Mini WRC Team add something

 

Formula One - After not being able to secure a package from McLaren, Prodrive's intention to enter the 2008 season was dropped after Williams threatened legal action against them

 

Formula One - This attracted the Prodrive team to F1 to the 2008 season, where it intended to run a customer car


2009

In 2009 the team developed a new LMP1 car and won the 2009 Le Mans Series and was fourth at Le Mans and the fastest petrol powered car add something

 

Richards made it clear that it was still the intention of Prodrive to enter Formula One. However, following further clarifications of the rules surrounding the use of customer cars, and the resulting ban on the use of customer chassis from the beginning of the 2009 F1 season, the pursuit of an entry via the customer car route has been abandoned add something

 

On 23 April 2009, Prodrive issued a press release stating that they were considering an F1 entry for the 2010 season add something

 

On 29 May 2009, it was reported that Prodrive had submitted a formal application for the 2010 season add something


2010

Prodrive was one of two potential buyers considered by the Renault F1 Team to take-over the team prior to the 2010 season add something

 

In April 2010 Prodrive announced it would not apply for the 2011 Formula One season add something

 

On 27 July 2010, it was announced that Prodrive would re-entry the WRC with a limited program in 2011 with BMW using the MINI Countryman add something

 

Kris Meeke - On 2 September 2010, "Autosport" magazine announced that Meeke had signed for the Prodrive team that will run MINI World Rally Championship return in 2011


2011

Kris Meeke - For 2011, Meeke is competing in the World Rally Championship driving a MINI for Prodrive


2012

A full season in 2012 is planned with the car which will be powered by a 1,6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged engine from BMW Motorsport add something


2014

In 2014 the site was acquired by Jaguar Land Rover add something


2015

In April 2015 Prodrive relocated its headquarters by the M40 in Banbury to a new facility one mile south but still adjacent to the M40 add something


2016

In 2016 Prodrive developed a one off car for Subaru to set a new record lap of the Isle of Man TT circuit add something


2017

It is expected the bike will go on sale in early 2017 add something

 

Jason Bright - Bright confirmed that he would re-join Prodrive Racing Australia after leaving BJR for the 2017 Supercars Championship season, just 10 years after he left the team for Britek Motorsports, making him the fourth driver in the team

 

In February 2017, Prodrive announced that they will enter a Renault Mégane for Guerlain Chicherit at the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship add something


2018

In 2018 it took on the 50 mile Transfaragasen Highway add something

 

In April 2018, Prodrive unveiled the Megane RX, the most technologically advanced rallycross car ever created add something