This Week At Quaife Engineering:
The 1990s was met with the build of a series of fearsome and fast four-wheel drive rallycross Escorts. Developed in conjunction with Gordon Spooner Engineering, the experience gathered was fed directly back into the development of four-wheel drive transmission technology and sequential shift mechanisms.
A switch away from the mud of rallycross to circuit racing saw Quaife build a high powered Ford Escort based Thundersaloon race car. This knowledge enabled Quaife to embark on its most ambitious project yet, to build its own V8 powered, four-wheel-drive British GT Championship contender, designed to act as a developmental test-bed for new technologies.
As the 1990s progressed, Quaife relocated to its current 2-acre site near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Supplying the world’s major car manufacturers in the 00’s:
During the 2000s, Quaife enjoyed OEM supplier status to the world’s major car manufacturers. They came seeking the firm’s unique drivetrain expertise to add driving excitement to their niche high-performance models.
In the last decade Quaife has delivered volume turnkey ATB differential packages to exacting quality standards to Daimler-Chrysler, GM, and Ford, most notably on the Mk1 & Mk2 Focus RS.
With the demands of continued growth, and in order to house large scale, multi-pallet, robotic CNC machinery to deliver the capacity for large volume OEM projects, Quaife invested in a new plant in Gillingham, Kent, in 2006.
This modern site offers 23,000 feet of additional production and quality control facilities, enabling Quaife to offer it’s diverse range of high-performance drivetrain products to a constantly evolving global market, creating a new chapter in the Quaife heritage story.
The QBE69G heavy-duty in-line, six-speed sequential gearbox:
The QBE69G is a heavy-duty in-line, six-speed sequential gearbox. With 90mm shaft centres, this compact unit can transmit up to 750bhp.
The QBE69G’s technical highlights include an integral oil pump and a modular gear cluster, while a drum type sequential gearchange system is allied to an open face dog design on both gear and drive disc, producing a fast, positive gearshift.