Pilbeam Racing Designs .. Innovation + Excellence = The Winning Formula
Pilbeam Racing Designs .. Innovation + Excellence = The Winning Formula


Latest News
News Archive









Pilbeam Racing news

MP98-Cosworth Wins On South African Début ... 02/01/2013

It is fitting that, on the 50th anniversary of BRM's only World Championship victory in 1962, that another Bourne marque should scoop the honours in the blue-riband event at the East London Grand Prix Era Revival meeting in South Africa on 16 December 2012.

On the same track that Graham Hill took his BRM to victory 50 years ago, co-driven by Eddie Keizan and Greg Mills, a Pilbeam MP98-Cosworth won the Border 100 endurance race on it's début by more than 40 secs from the second-place Porsche GT3.

Pilbeam Racing MP98 East London Border 100 2012

Veteran Keizan, who drove a privately-entered Tyrrell and Lotus 72 in three GPs in the 1970s, and who returned to the track this year after a 35-year break, said of the brand new Pilbeam "It was the first time I have raced a state-of-the-art modern race-car and what a thrilling experience it was. With cantilever suspension, sequential gearbox, slippery aerodynamics, proper down-force and modern race tyres, this is undoubtedly one of the best cars I have ever driven."

Pilbeam Racing MP98 East London Border 100 2012

Co-driver Mills, who is spearheading an African effort with Pilbeam for Le Mans in 2014, and who took the first stint, says "the MP98 is a car without any vices. But not only is it easy to drive, it has obvious speed, especially through the infamous flat-in-sixth Potter's Pass corner where we could pull away from the bigger-engined cars."

Pilbeam Racing MP98 East London Border 100 2012

The first Border 100 mile event in December 1934 was also labelled the first SA Grand Prix. The ninth SA GP was held in December 1962, the first such one, however, that enjoyed world championship status.

Pilbeam Racing MP98 East London Border 100 2012

Mike Pilbeam made the trip to South Africa with PRD fabricator Justin Cole. He summed up the weekend: "The Border 100 gave us a great opportunity to develop the MP98 and the new South African team towards the huge challenge with a new car for Le Mans in 2014. A most enjoyable weekend."

Pilbeam Racing MP98 East London Border 100 2012

Completing the historic circle, the Pilbeam pit crew included Bruce Johnstone on his first visit to the East London GP circuit since 1962 when he finished ninth in the GP as the third BRM works driver. He described the little Pilbeam's performance as "memorable" on "a jewel of a race track".

(Photographs are by www.motoprint.co.za except where otherwise denoted)
Situations Vacant ... 13/08/12

There are new opportunities for a talented and versatile designer to help in our LMP2 and other programmes. Could be temporary or permanent and full or part time, but really needs to be ready to get involved.

Come and talk to us!
New Pilbeam for LMP2 ... 13/08/12

Pilbeam Racing are embarking on a new programme to build a Sports Prototype for Le Mans in 2014.

The programme is a development of the MP93 design, which has already raced at Le Mans on 3 occasions, and is in partnership with Dr Greg Mills, well known in South African Motorsport, and also a famous writer on international affairs. Dr Mills already owns a number of Pilbeam race cars and has commissioned an LMP2 car with support from major African businesses to develop the new car.

Initial CFD work is already under way on the aerodynamic design targeting improved downforce with the aim of creating consistent driver-friendly handling so necessary over a long race.

The MP93-2014 car, which will appear in the official colours of the African Union, is on the LMP2 regulation weight of 900kg. It will carry 75 litres of fuel.

Considerable care has been taken over the aerodynamic design phase of the car, with particular attention being paid to the under-body surfaces and especially the front bodywork.

First tests of the car are likely to be held towards the end of 2013, by which time the South Africa-based team will have gained significant driving and engineering experience with the Pilbeam MP98 Virage 'V-de-V' test-car completed in July 2012.
New aero and braking parts now released for the Elise and Exige ... 10/08/12

New brake conversions, brake ducts, front splitter, rear wing, rear diffuser and bodywork protection panels are available to buy through our Performance Parts shop at www.eliseperformanceparts.com.
Winter Works ... 02/02/12

With winter whizzing by, the new season will be upon us before we know it and there has been plenty going on at Pilbeam Racing Designs to keep us busy (and warm!).

There have been more developments on the Lotus Elise for the Australian Targa Tarmac Rally Series; full details and photos to follow soon. This project has produced some fabulous new upgrades which will soon be available to buy through our Performance Parts shop at www.eliseperformanceparts.com.

In addition to the Lotus upgrades that we already manufacture, we are working on many new performance parts for other road and track favourites too. New online shop launching soon.

The MP98 "Virage" Sports Racer has been chosen for an interesting track series in South Africa and two examples are being built with Duratech powerplants.
Famous Pilbeam for sale ... 01/02/12

The rock legend that is AC/DC frontman (and historic racing enthusiast), Brian Johnson, has decided to sell the Pilbeam MP84 that he has owned for several years. Chassis 04 was built in late 2000 and its début race was at Daytona in 2001, where it became the first Pilbeam to race at the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours, seen here on the famous banking during qualifying.

Pilbeam Racing MP84 chassis 04 at 2001 Daytona Rolex 24 Hours

"04" then went on to race in both the American Le Mans and the Grand Am Road Racing Series, scoring 3 class podium finishes over the following 2 seasons.

To find out more about this car, go to the John Starkey Cars website at www.johnstarkeycars.com/pages/for_sale/2004_Pilbeam_BJ.html.
MP98 Virage CN sports car ... 08/11/11

The MP98 run by Zele Racing in Austria and Germany has been showing some excellent form in recent weeks. The last race at the Hockenheim GP circuit saw the MP98 fastest of the 2.0 litre CN cars among a good competitive field, adding to previous wins in the Interserie Championship. Find out more about the success at www.zele-racing.com/

Latest plans include running a new MP98 in the speed Series for 2012 with a strong UK based team.

MP98 at Hockenheim 2011
Professional Motorsport World Expo: Cologne, November 12-16 ... 02/11/11

Mike Pilbeam has been invited to present a workshop (2.30 Weds 16 Nov) in conjunction with Danny Nowlan of ChassisSim.

There will be two main topics: to show how simulation can be used to enhance the track performance of your race car and to describe how simulation has been used to improve the design of a new race car whilst taking much of the guesswork out of that hard initial phase.

Visit Pilbeam and ChassisSim at stand 2055 throughout the show!
New Pilbeam development of the Lotus Elise ... 02/11/11

A new Elise has been built by Pilbeam Racing to compete in the Australian Targa rally series.

This is a completely new project and includes many new components in both the suspension and bodywork areas to take the performance to a new level.

More details and photos in our Lotus section soon!

Many of the components developed for this project are already available to enhance your Elise or Exige in either road or track trim.