THIS WEEK AT QUAIFE ENGINEERING

Week 40

This Week At Quaife Engineering:

The 90’s:

Quaife R4 GTS

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:

Ford Focus RS Mk2

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.