Andy Larkins Engineering chassis and suspension setup flag
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I started my career fourteen years ago working Hyperion, the motor sport division of Caterham Cars. My job involved the building and preparation of the cars for race and track days, I was also involved with a hill climb car for a Jersey customer witch was built using a two litre BDG engine giving 250bhp and an 8 speed split ratio Quaife gear box giving the two ratios he wanted for road and race use.

After about 14 months I moved into rallying with the Ford team and have been working with them to the present day for the past 13 years. The job involves the building and preparing of the cars, whether it's the works team car for Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz or one of the many privateers running in various national series. I started by working on the RS Cosworth and have progressed through the years to working on the WRC Focus, the most sophisticated rally car ever. Part of the job is as an event support mechanic, this involves maintaining the car and changing parts, from a simple tyre change to a gear box or turbo replacement. All of this has to be done during race time and against the clock, the temperature of the turbo could be as high 950 degrees but still needs changing.

Moving on through the years of development seeing changes not only to the body work but in the braking system, hydraulic system and electronics, the cars have now become so complicated that the laptop has become as much a part of my toolkit as the spanner and wrench. A touring car that I built for the Czech championship had full telemmetry, every pressure, temperature and movement was recorded, this allowed Me to act on the information. The changes made to the car were more accurate than just driver input.

After gaining huge experience with rallying I have now turned my spare time into improving the chassis and suspension settings on the TVR range. The list of satisfied customers is proof enough that it really does work, you can find out more about the cars I've worked on here.

Rally Focus

Rally Escort

Rally Cosworth