DEE-Motorsport Heads For Pole With Toyota Power - And Drivelines To Match

DEE-Motorsport Heads For Pole With Toyota Power - And Drivelines To Match

10th January, 2013

Autosport International – 10th & 11th January 2013 – Stand E1071
Venue: NEC Birmingham, UK

DEE-Motorsport, Development Engineering and Enterprise’s performance and race engine business, returns to Autosport this week with a range of both 4- and 6-cylinder Toyota based performance and race engine packages – and in a strong position to build on its existing motorsport and development business. The company plans to support various race series with engines on a buy or lease basis and has signed a strategic alliance with driveline specialist newcomer, 3JDriveline (Autosport, Stand E643), to market matched performance componentry.

Centrepiece of DEE-Motorsport’s showing at Autosport is the debut appearance of DEE-Ltd’s aftermarket version of the Toyota 3.5 litre V6 D-2GR-FE engine. Starting with an entry level power output of 274 bhp, DEE-Ltd will offer a range of upgrades, enhancements and power options to take potential boosted delivery up to 450 bhp for track applications. Packages planned include options for the Lotus Elise, Evora and Exige.

The new V6 engine extends DEE-Motorsport’s portfolio at the top end, adding to the popular 1.6L and 2.0L, I4 DOHC engines. DEE-Ltd Managing Director, Neil McAdam says, “The 2GR-FE has a mature and proven track record in production sportscars already and we are especially pleased to be able to bring this capability within the reach of other niche manufacturers. Importantly now, it gives us a well balanced range of configurations and power options with which to fulfil the majority of requirements and applications across the market. Alongside the engines, we now have a range of compatible longitudinal or transverse transmissions and our newly announced strategic alliance with Dan Jones at 3JDriveline will enable us to offer fully matched powertrain solutions.”

DEE-Ltd holds the rights to sell aftermarket Toyota powertrain products across Europe. It provides a true turn-key service and supplies brand new ‘crate engines’ tuned and preassembled to build standards laid down for each client. DEE-Ltd’s unique access to Toyota products also includes matching Toyota transmissions suitable for both longitudinal and transverse installations. Specialist transmissions are also available for the higher output power units.

DEE-Ltd also offers a tailored engineering service to help install, calibrate and validate their products to meet specific customer performance or emission requirements. For low volume applications DEE-Ltd offers bespoke calibration solutions using adaptable engine management systems, whilst for larger volume customers DEE can offer tailored calibrations using original fitment Toyota ECUs, incorporating OBD and immobiliser functionality.

DEE-Ltd, which recently moved into a spacious purpose built facility in Cubbington in order to expand its activities and provide space for planned further growth, has seen its development engineering business grow significantly over the last two years. The move has also enabled DEE-Ltd to co-locate its main workshops and advanced CAD facilities under one roof. Its customers now include an array of UK based OEM’s as well as a growing number of international manufacturers and motorsport clients, including F1.

Developing prototype and production-ready low volume products remains central to DEE-Ltd’s business and the new Cubbington facility provides ample space and a discreet environment for this area of the business to expand. It has already integrated and packaged some of its Toyota derived engine products into kit, specialist sports and track day cars and it plans to increase its bespoke component design, machine fabrication and sub-assembly work. The company’s powertrain and crate engine business was launched two years ago and has now also evolved to include both gasoline and diesel engines for industrial applications.

“We have a core client base which completely understands our approach – be that conventional, or innovative or radical. We are recognised for the standard and quality of our work – and the extra miles we go to support our clients. In addition, we now serve a range of other engineering sectors, within which many companies curtailed their in-house engineering development capability when the market collapsed. As the market recovers – both here in the UK and globally, we will be well placed to fulfil customer requirements on a sound and cost effective basis,” says Neil McAdam.