History #01

A bit about us!

Established in 1999 Oaktec is an innovation specialist in power train and low carbon vehicle technologies with a successful motorsport heritage.

We have expertise, knowledge and new technologiesfor the development of hybrid systems, validated by competing and winning in both motorsport and fuel efficiency competitions. Our low carbon hybrid motorsport project was supported by EEMS, Honda UK and Bosch and resulted in 22 stage rally class wins and 2 rally championships beating a field of conventional special stage rally cars.

Using a modified Honda IMA system, the Oaktec Honda Insight rally car was the first effective demonstration of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) in world motorsport. An FIA delegation tested the car as a fact finding exercise prior to KERS being launched in F1.

Oaktec set another global first by competing the Insight hybrid Rally car using renewable bio ethanol fuel scoring a class win in the Twyford Woods Stages Rally in 2006.

And a few other snippets.

Between 1999 and 2004 Oaktec were regular competitors in the Shell Eco Marathon. Our home built special eco-car achieved nearly 2000 mpg in testing, and won the LPG class in 2001.

Although built to win rallies our Honda Insight Hybrid stage rally car beat a field of works entered road cars to win the hybrid class in the 2011 RAC Future Car Challenge scoring 94 mpg on the route between Brighton and central London. It achieved over 100mpg in testing.

In the 2012 RAC event we won the IC engined class driving for BMW in a 116ED.

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