Empire Customers Get F1 Lesson

Ever since the very beginning of our sport, at the turn of the 19th/20th Century, innovation and development have been a cornerstone of British Speed Hillclimbing as manufacturers have strived to beat their competition by working harder and thinking smarter.

Empire Wraith Willem Toet

An early rendering of the Empire Wraith concept


There is one hillclimb manufacturer which is really going places at the moment. Somerset-based Empire Racing Cars are having a major push in 2014, with the launch of both a brand new, state-of-the-art, carbon fibre chassised, motorcycle engined hillclimb challenger as well as a very innovative, supercharged, sports libre class challenger and a modified version of the existing Leaders class winning, spaceframe chassised ‘Double-0′ series.

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Toet Talks Tech

Last winter we managed to stumble across a podcast which featured a talk from F1 aerodynamicist, former hillclimber and Empire Racing Cars consultant Willem Toet where he talked aero at a Royal Aeronautical Society event in London.

Empire Wraith

The Empire Wraith will look quite different for 2014…


We have just been sent a link to an interview that Willem did for Race Tech at the Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium at Birmingham City University at the start of January.

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Carbon Empire Revealed

The peace and tranquility of the Staffordshire countryside was shattered yesterday morning by the scream of a racing motorcycle engine as yet another brand new model of hillclimb car was released into the wild.

Clive Austin Empire Wraith

Clive Austin prepares for a run in the new carbon Empire at Curborough.


Over the past seven months we have brought regular updates on the progress of the build of the latest car from the Somerset workshop of prolific car builder Bill Chaplin at Empire Racing Cars.

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Toet Talks

Journalist Peter Windsor may have been unsuccessful in his bid to get US F1 onto the F1 grid in 2010, but the loss of an F1 team also meant that a very good journalist continued to report on the sport.

Willem Toet Hillclimb Pilbeam

Toet with the Pilbeam-Judd MP88 at Ashes Bend, Gurston in August  2004.


The US-based Australian, who incidentally worked with the late Sheridan Thynne at Williams Grand Prix Engineering in the 80s & 90s, writes a very good F1 centric blog.

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