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MAY 2013

BTCC race winner (and eventual BTCC Champion 2013) Andrew Jordan tasted an Empire 1100 at Gurston Down when he drove Simon Fidoe’s car.


“It was like a big go-kart. It wasn’t twitchy at all, just direct and that gave me the confidence.”

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Empire chassis through the past two seasons. 600cc records, 1100cc class winners.

FIDOE TAKES HAREWOOD RECORD


Simon Fidoe has had a stellar 2013 season so far, the high point of which has been a brand new Harewood 1100cc record. This is the first Empire Racing Cars record in our new era of race car design and construction.


Prescott - May

2nd in class, new PB, qualified for 2nd run-off, finished 11th.

 

Harewood - May

Class win.

 

Gurston - May

Class win, new PB, 29.27 qualified 13th for both run-offs!

 

Shelsley Walsh - June

2nd in class, new PB, 26.49 secs.

 

Loton - June

Class win, new PB, 48.16 secs.

 

Doune - June

Class win, new PB, 40.98 in both run-offs, finished 9th & 6th

 

Harewood - July

Class win, new PB, NEW CLASS RECORD 52.68, qualified for both run-offs, finished 11th in both.

 

 

Midland rounds:

 

Shelsley - May

Class win, new PB, qualified for both run-offs, finished 10th & 8th

 

Loton - May

2nd in class, new PB, in both run-offs, finished 8th & 7th

 

Prescott (June) 2nd in class, new PB, 39.87 both run-offs, finished 11th & 9th


Pictures thanks to PW Pics and Steve Wilkinson.



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Bill Chaplin said, “We’ve worked some long hours but it’s always worth it with a new car. The difference is this car is on another level from where we were before. I’m very proud to see it turn a wheel. Now for the hills and to measure it against the clock. Chassis number two is already underway so we’re busy back at the workshop.”


Chris Aspinall said, “It’s awesome. Truly awesome.”


Clive Austin commented, “I’m gobsmacked. It’s amazing.”


No.2 CHASSIS READY AT CHRISTMAS 2013


Phil Cooke’s chassis is back in the workshop and in the process of having all the parts fitted to the car. We’ve sped up many processes with some CNC manufacture. We all rather like the colour here in the workshop. Christmas red...

































EDDIE HOLLIER WITH EMPIRE RACING IN 2014


Stunningly fast Eddie Hollier will change his bike powered Pilbeam MP62 to a new space framed ‘EVO Spec’ Empire 00 Series for 2014. Having worked with Eddie before we are looking forward to continue his string of success of 2013 when he’s taken 10 BTD times. 


He’ll be even faster next year!



JULY 10th 2013


Below is the brand new Empire Racing Car for 2013 and beyond. Built for new customers Clive Austin and Chris Aspinall, the new chassis turned a wheel for the very first time today, July 10th.

NEW CAR REVEAL - EXCLUSIVE SHOTS!


We’re proud to reveal the first pictures of our first car with the full aero package fitted. Launched at Shelsley Walsh on March 26th 2014, owner Simon Fidoe took delivery of the car and had a faultless shakedown and test session at two different venues.


Order your car now!


Click on the pictures to go to the gallery shots of the new car.


March 26th 2014

EDDIE HOLLIER CAR ON WHEELS


Eddie Hollier’s 00 Series car is already on its wheels and soon to have its engine installed. Eddie is welcomed to the Empire Racing Cars fold as an already established man to watch all over the country with his speed and skill. Having had ann MP62 with a bike engine in the back of it over recent seasons, we are looking forward to seeing how he will go with a much lighter package.

 

  February 3rd 2014

COMPLETE REBUILD FOR ROB CAPPER EMPIRE


  The ex-Budgett/Brown Force 1000cc car that Robert Capper bought last year has returned to where it was built in 2001 for a complete nut and bolt rebuild. The car has been resprayed in ‘Capper Kawasaki Green’ and been fully set up. It will be a quick car. Pictures soon.

 

  January 23rd 2014

STUNNING RECORD IN 2014


2014 has seen Empire only beaten once in the 1100cc class. Thanks to Chris Aspinall and his prowess behind the wheel, the new Wraith has swept all before it bar one weekend


“It is simply stunning.” says Aspinall.


August 11th 2014

MAGAZINE

COVERAGE


Racecar Engineering have done a big article on Empire Racing Cars in their latest edition.


We are sharing the cover with the Toyota World Endurance Championship car that is currently leading the WEC after two wins from two. Esteemed company...



April 27th 2014

SUPER COMPUTER AERODYNAMICS


TOTAL SIM have access to over 850 CPU Super Computer cores around the world, something that Empire thought would be invaluable when designing the latest carbon single seater hill climb car. Here are some basic images of the results...that we can show you anyway...!


June 17th 2014

GUY MARTIN DRIVES EMPIRE RACING CAR

Motorcycle-racing television star Guy Martin is filming a new TV series for Channel 4 and needed a glimpse into what speed hill climbing was all about...so we happily stood in and gave him a car for the day at Shelsley Walsh.

Guy Martin is well known for his Isle of Man TT  and roads experience but had seventeen runs up Shelsley as he acclimatised himself to hill climbing

"This is a whole lot of car for not a lot of road, the track is very narrow and the car goes so quick that I had to concentrate really hard just to keep it on course. The acceleration and handling is simply amazing."

Scott Moran was on hand to assist, "Guy is a very well known racer and is also a renowned engineer and he asked all the right questions, being very interested and keen to learn about both the car and the sport of hill climbing


May 5th 2014

NEW CARS....NEW CARS!


Eddie Hollier has taken delivery of his new ultra lightweight 00 Series chassis. We think it looks stunning, but with Eddie behind the wheel it will be stunning as he has fantastic speed and skill behind the wheel. Up close the paintwork is exemplary...as done by Eddie himself. We can highly recommend his paint shop!


August 11th 2014

EMPIRE WRAITH CHASSIS No. 3


Multiple record holder with us before Phil Cooke has taken delivery of his Empire Wraith


Cookie is another one to join the, ‘It is simply stunning’ Club.


August 11th 2014

EDDIE HOLLIER BLITZES 1600 CLASS AT GURSTON - 1st TIME OUT


Eddie Hollier smashed the opposition at his very first event in the 00 ‘EVO’ Series Empire. In the 1600cc class he did just four practice runs and one class run to win the class on old tyres. A pile of new tyres were not needed...


August 25th 2014

SAM CONNELL’S LATEST EMPIRE ‘00 EVO’ SERIES


Sam Connell has taken delivery of his latest hill climb car in the shape on a 00 Series EVO car with the full sidepod kit fitted. This will give the car even more top speed while maintaining superior downforce due to our extensive CFD work. Pictures here.


March 29th 2015

DARREN GUMBLEY TO DRIVE EMPIRE WRAITH WITH SIMON FIDOE


1100cc regular Darren Gumbley is to share with Simon Fidoe for the 2015 season after doing the final Loton Park as a taster in early October. Big grin....


October 5th 2014

GUY MARTIN DRIVES EMPIRE WRAITH


Guy Martin used Empire Wraith chassis No. 2 to bed himself in to hill climbing before jetting off to the world famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado, USA as part of the new series of SPEED with Guy Martin on Channel 4 in the UK.  Already used to the Suzuki GSX-R power on two wheels, Guy’s reaction to driving a 300kg car with enough downforce to drive on the ceiling at just 67mph was like many... couldn’t stop talking and loved it!


October 25th 2014

F1 TECH GURU SEES HIS EMPIRE IN THE ‘CARBON’


Empire’s hugely hi tech carbon car was overseen at Gurston Down by Willem Toet who over saw it’s gestation and design from zero to class winner. Together with Bill Chaplin and Dave Spires the three used their combined 49 years of Formula 1 experience to produce one of the most technologically advanced hill climb cars any where in the world, the key being many F1 derived ideas that can be used in hill climbing but cannot be used in F1 due to its tight rules envelope.


Willem is currently Head of Technical at the Sauber F1 Team and has been head aerodynamicist at BAR Honda, Ferrari and Benetton; an enormous wealth of experience.


September 25th 2014

EDDIE HOLLIER BEATS THE BIG GOULDS WITH EMPIRE

BEST TIME OF DAY AT HAREWOOD


Eddie Hollier blitzed the big unlimited capacity cars at Harewood over the weekend, beating Wallace Menzies’ Gould by 0.6 seconds. Eddie took the Best Time of Day too in the 1600cc car, driving it for the first time since September. Picture thanks to Andy Mundell


April 12th 2015

EDDIE HOLLIER IN 2x PRESCOTT RUN OFFS

ASPINALL WINS 1100 CLASS TOO


Eddie Hollier once more wowed the assembled crowds with two run off appearances at the opening round of the British Hill Climb Championship at the weekend to be 6th equal in the title chase. At the moment he is the leading bike engined car in the championship in only his third meeting in the Empire EVO.

Malata Hill Climb Champion Zach Zammit had some problems with fuel pressure but the car was sorted once it returned to the Empire HQ on Monday.


April 27th 2015

EDDIE HOLLIER QUALIFIES THIRD AT WISCOMBE IN 1600cc


Proving once more that you don’t have to have a big capacity single seater to get amongst the top British Runners, Eddie Hollier qualified third at Wiscombe only for the rain to fall just as he came to the line. Pretty good going considering he’s in a 1600cc bike engined car...


Zach Zammit’s car has driven at Shelsley Walsh and then Loton and is now going to Malta when their season resumes after the hot summer.


Simon Fidoe has taken the Barbon 1100cc record and also won his class at Harewood, Loton, Gurston and Wiscombe and been a regular top 12 run off qualifier.


Tony Levitt is getting into the swing of things with his ’00’ Series car winning his class at Gurston.


A new car for Tom Poole is proving great fun as he shares with Wiscombe record holder Lloyd Chaplin; Tom getting in the run off at Prescott the very first time he even drove the car.


July 29th 2015

EDDIE HOLLIER: 2015 GURSTON DOWN HILL CLIMB CHAMPION 

In 2015 Eddie Hollier blitzed the Gurston Down Hill CLimb Championship to take the title with his Empire 00 Series EVO.

One can be ready for you for 2016 - just get in touch and you can have your one for the 2016 season opener.

EMPIRE’S SUCCESFUL 2015


2015 comes to a close - a successful one for Empire with some great highlights.


  1. *Eddie Hollier had 8 class wins from 10 events, only beaten on the track once by 0.1 secs.

  2. *Empire were the highest placed 1100 and 1600cc cars in the British Leaders Championship

  3. *Empire and Simon Fidoe took the 11 year old Barbon 1100cc record.

  4. *Chris Aspinall 3rd overall in the British Leaders Championship.

2016 NEW CHASSIS 


New 00 Series and 00Series EVO chassis already well on their way to being on their wheels for the start of the 2016 season - just get in touch and you can have your one for the 2016 season opener.


Stay tuned through this site or Twitter for the latest news or pictures on the gallery page.


WILLEM TOET SHOWS EMPIRE BETTER THAN F1 CARS
F1 aerodynamicist, and part of the Empire Racing cars crew, Willem Toet recently hosted a forum discussing aerodynamics and their efficiency. This slide says it all... An Empire Wraith is 25% more efficient than a current f1 car!

2016 - STRAIGHT INTO WINNING WITH A 1-2-3 


2016 has started perfectly with a 1-2-3 in the 1100 class for Empire with Chris Aspinall winning at Prescott with Tom Pool and Lloyd Chaplin chasing him right to the line in second and third.


For us at the workshop it was a very special day as the 00 series car of Poole and Chaplin was only finished 48 hours earlier on Friday afternoon.


Eddie Hollier bagged third in the 1600 class but swept to a brilliant 7th in the Top 12 Run Off and en route beating his class mates.


Order your new Empire today to get that winning feeling.


Stay tuned through this site or Empire Twitter or facebook. Also, check out our pictures on the gallery page.


EMPIRE WIN BOTH RUN OFFS AT SHELSLEY WALSH


Simon Fidoe and Eddie Hollier won the Run Offs at the first Shelsley Walsh of 2016 last weekend beating the larger capacity cars with their pure motorcycle powered Empire chassis. Indeed, in the first Run Off it was a 1-2 with Chris Aspinall in second place with his similar 1000cc Empire Wraith to Simon’s.


Eddie won the second Run Off with his 00 Series ‘EVO’ that now has all of the latest spec aero on it.


Simon was then awarded Man of the Meeting - A proud day for us here at the Empire Emporium!


Stay tuned through this site or Empire Twitter or facebook. Also, check out our pictures on the gallery page.


EMPIRE FIRST OVERALL IN ITALY


Zach Zammit made the trip to the Citta di Bronte hill climb and won overall. Here’s the video of him taking the honours.


Stay tuned through this site or Empire Twitter or facebook. Also, check out our pictures on the gallery page.


EMPIRE WIN AT LOTON PARK


Eddie Hollier won the Run Offs at the first Shelsley Walsh of 2016 last weekend beating the larger capacity cars with their pure motorcycle powered Empire chassis. Indeed, in the first Run Off it was a 1-2 with Chris Aspinall in second place with his similar 1000cc Empire Wraith to Simon’s.


Eddie won the second Run Off with his 00 Series ‘EVO’ that now has all of the latest spec aero on it.


Simon was then awarded Man of the Meeting - A proud day for us here at the Empire Emporium!


Stay tuned through this site or Empire Twitter or facebook. Also, check out our pictures on the gallery page.


ZAMMIT WINS IN EUROPE


Empire took the Mtahleb hill climb victory on Malta last week when Zach Zammit beat previous champions in his Empire EVO
























EMPIRE EVO 2 READY AND RUNNING FOR 2017


The new EVO 2 Empire is now running and ready for the 2017 season.  Adam and Andy Greenen are the proud owners.


Weight saving has been introduced with the uprights alone now 50% lighter aiding unsprung weight. A new chassis suspension engine cover and nose box have all been re-designed to shave a total of 10kgs off the overall weight of the car.


Stay tuned through this site or Empire Twitter or facebook. Also, check out our pictures on the gallery page.


SUPER CHARGED HAYABUSA IN OO SERIES EMPIRE 


New engines abound with a Hayabusa S/C in the back of this Empire 00 Series EVO. A very nice combination for Ben Wheeler.


If you are interested in an 1100cc or 1600cc class car then get in touch with us.


Stay tuned through this site or Empire Twitter or facebook. Also, check out our pictures on the gallery page.


NEW LIGHTER WEIGHT UPRIGHTS


It’s all about light weight - here are our latest uprights off the CNC machine.

EDDIE HOLLIER IN THE RUN OFF AT WISCOMBE
























BEN WHEELER WINS BTD AT WISCOMBE WITH EMPIRE 


Ben Wheeler took Best Time of Day in the National B class at Wiscombe last weekend. Empire winning again!


EDDIE HOLLIER ON COURSE FOR TOP 10 FINISH IN 2017


Eddie Hollier is on course to bag another Top 10 finish in the British Hill Climb Championship after again qualifying for the Top 12 Run Off at Wiscombe - he’s therefore qualified for every run off at every meeting he’s been to this year, scoring in 14 of the 16 Run Offs he’s been in. Impressive stuff Eddie!