Telephone: (44) 1604 732100
Chief Executive: Charles Matthews
Cosworth grew out of Ford's racing engine program in the 1960s and 1970s.
Cosworth is now part of Vickers plc. Cosworth has in the past few years reduced its reliance on Ford. 'We have gone from two clients to 11, with five more in the pipeline,' says managing director Andrew Walmsley.
Work continues to focus on engine development. Cosworth produces engines for Ford and Rolls Royce. Clients are spread worldwide, but Cosworth's 370 engineers work largely at Northampton, central England. 'We have some engineers on site at clients' offices,' says Walmsley, 'but most of them see the benefit of the work being done here.'
Telephone: (44) 1268 531155
Chief Executive: John Whitecross
Hawtal Whiting specializes in body-in-white and interiors. Asia accounts for 20-30 percent of its business.
Significant projects include the Kia Sportage, which was largely designed by Hawtal Whiting.
Hawtal Whiting does no engine work itself, but works with other consultants, notably Tickford and Lotus.
Telephone: (44) 1953 608000
Chief Executive: Mohamed Zainal
Lotus' troubled recent past was resolved this year when Malaysia's Proton emerged as surprise new owner, outbidding Daewoo.
Former owner Romano Artioli, who bought Lotus from General Motors, remains an influential shareholder - especially since the death of Proton Chairman Tan Sri Dato Yahaya Ahmad in a helicopter crash.
Proton wants Lotus to develop its next generation of cars and to continue as an independent consultant. Proton and non-Proton work is now clearly separated at the Hethel head office. Lotus' main operations are in powertrain development and ride and handling. Customers include Isuzu. In Japan, Isuzu cars often are badged, 'Handling by Lotus.'
Mayflower Vehicle Systems
Telephone: (44) 1203 581850
Chief Executive: John Simpson
Mayflower created Mayflower Vehicle Systems in 1996 by merging Motor Panels and IAD. Mayflower can offer a range of services from concept design, styling and engineering through to full manufacture of complete bodyshells. Revenue in 1996 was £273.4 million ($443 million) and profits hit £24.1 million.
Major contracts at its UK plant in Coventry including aluminum body panels for the Land Rover Discovery, and complete bodyshells for Rover's MGF and Aston Martin DB7.
Mayflower has moved away from producing its own styling concepts, a major feature of IAD before the merger. It has expanded overseas, with technical centers in Germany and the US. In the US, it has a number of stamping and manufacturing facilities and it builds the aluminum bodyshell for the Plymouth Prowler.
Last November, it bought South Charleston Stamping and Manufacturing Co. from Great Dane Holdings for $165 million. South Charleston makes panels for Toyota, Freightliner, GM, Saturn and Ford.
Telephone: (44) 1203 407700
Managing Director: John Davidson
MGA services include styling, prototyping and engineering design, mainly in the areas of body and trim. Half of MGA's business is in the UK, though an increasing amount of work is coming from overseas. It has four technical offices in the Midlands. MGA employs 320 people.
Telephone: (44) 1702 541581
Managing Director: Colin Cushing
MSX used to be known as MascoTech Europe, but it is also known by an earlier name, Canewdon Consultants. The consultancy became MSX when MascoTech Inc. and APX Corp. merged in November 1996. The group is the world's largest transportation engineering consultancy, with global revenues of $400 million and 4,400 employees worldwide. European operations, headquartered in Rochford, southeast England, have revenues of $82 million. Clients include Ford, Land Rover, Nissan, Volvo and VW. MSX Europe is helping develop new vehicle projects in India.
Telephone: (44) 1455 636344
Chief Executive: Rodney Westhead
Ricardo acquired full powertrain capability when it added transmissions specialist FFD to its core engine operations.
FFD, now Ricardo-FFD, has significant motorsport contracts and low-volume manufacturing expertise. Past contracts include complete 4x4 systems for GM's US-market Astro van.
Group sales are around £100 million ($163 million). Ricardo claims to be Europe's largest independent automotive engineering consultancy with 1,200 employees.
Business activities include emissions and fuel economy, NVH work, chassis, engine and powertrain engineering, test automation and product design. Revenue grew 13 percent last year and Ricardo is picking up a lot of business from Asia, including major engine contracts from Daewoo. Ricardo has also developed its own high-speed direct-injection diesel.
Telephone: (44) 1908 614688
Chief Executive: John Thurston
Tickford has grown since a management buy-out in 1991. Its prime focus is on engine development, particularly emissions technology, alternative fuel development and natural gas engine technology. Recent projects include a new 0.8-liter engine for Daewoo's forthcoming city car.
Tickford has a strong base in Asia including a manufacturing operation in Australia. That factory produces high-performance XR8 versions of the Ford Falcon sedan. A US office develops software and electronics. Tickford also has a German office.
Telephone: (44) 1993 871000
Chief Executive: Tom Walkinshaw
TWR was best known as a motor racing operation until it started building cars. Its factory at Banbury, Oxfordshire, builds the Aston Martin DB7. Last year a TWR joint venture with Volvo took over a Volvo factory in Sweden to produce the C70 coupe, a vehicle which was jointly designed by Volvo and TWR.