Reynard Motorsport

Reynard Motorsport is the former world's largest manufacturer of racing cars. Originally in Bicester and later a resident of Reynard Park, Brackley, England the company hired vehicles for racing classes Formula Ford, Formula Opel, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and the Champ Car series here. The specifics of the company belongs to the fact that vehicles Reynard won the first race each in all motorsport series in which they competed new.


The beginnings: Sabre Automotive

The roots of Reynard Motorsport be in the company Sabre Automotive Ltd.. , Adrian Reynard 1973,. While Reynard himself, who in the late 1970s successfully in Formula Ford, was responsible for the development of the vehicles drove his driver colleague Rick Gorne took over the business part. Gorns was one of the first, was concerned the sale of racing cars as a commercial enterprise. At the beginning of the 1980s, the company grew strongly. In 1984, Reynard forth over 170 vehicles, primarily for Formula Ford; a total of 661 Reynard chassis developed for this class of motorsports.

Formulas 3 and 3000

In 1984, Reynard with Paul Owens an engineer one who possessed by a previous exposure to ATS Formula 1 experience; added was the Australian engineer Malcolm Oastler. Both brought with knowledge in dealing with carbon fiber materials. They meant that Reynard offered from 1985 vehicles with carbon chassis for the Formula 3. Andy Wallace won the 1985 the first Formula 3 race a Reynard - vehicle. Until 1993 360 Formula 3 race car developed at Reynard.

The starting for Eddie Jordan Racing Reynard 1988 Johnny Herbert gave a successful entry into the Formula 3000, winning Reynard first race of this series, which was held at the Circuito de Jerez. In the following years competing manufacturers March, Lola and Ralt displaced from the formula 3000. 1991 sat 13 of 20 teams chassis from Reynard a, nine won ten races of the year Reynard driver. The following year, were drove 13 of 16 teams Reynard cars, and all the victories of the year were achieved with these vehicles. 1993 was the entire starting field of Reynard pilots. Reynard Formula 3000 commitment expired at the end of the 1995 season, From the following year the series was advertised as a unit formula. ; the order for the production of standardized chassis had been awarded to Lola. From 1988 to 1995 Reynard sold 220 race car for the Formula 3,000.

Champ Cars

In 1992 an attempt Reynard had failed factory to enter the Formula 1, the company ran into financial difficulties. Reynard reoriented himself and chose the Champ Car series as a new focus of activity. 1994 Michael Andretti won the first race of Reynard Motorsport in this class. As before in Formula 3000, March Reynard and Lola displaced in the aftermath of the Champ Car series.

The use in the Champ Car series was very profitable and Reynard Motorsport bought the company Gemini Transmissions and Riley & Scott on and opened a development center in Indianapolis, the Auto Research Center, with Adrian Reynard is connected to this day.

Reynard and Formula 1

Since the late 1980s, Adrian Reynard dealt with the introduction of his company to Formula 1 in 1988 consisted of Reynard the opportunity to take over its competitor March, which a year earlier after a long break its own Formula 1 project had placed legs. Questions about the economic situation of the UK -based company let Adrian Reynard, however, take advantage of this step distance.

A separate project

Instead Reynard 1989 launched its own Formula 1 project, which should debut in 1992. Reynarf recruited engineers to like Rory Byrne from Benetton. However, Reynard could not finalize the project. It failed because the company could not gain exclusive engine supplier. The end of 1991 was Adrian Reynard, who had invested much of his personal wealth in the project, on the Formula 1. The factory in Enstone was sold to Benetton, the development data to Ligier. Vehicle components, especially in Formula 3000, went to the Pacific Racing Team.

British American Racing

From 1998 Reynard was involved in British American Racing, which had taken over the starting point of the Tyrrell team. Adrian Reynard held a minority stake in the team, who made his debut in Formula 1 in 1999. Formula 1 was the first racing series in which a Reynard - car could not win the debut race. Jacques Villeneuve, Ricardo Zonta and Mika Salo fell in 32 starts 24 times out, the team did not reach a World Championship point and lay the end of the season behind Minardi in last place in the constructors' standings. Adrian Reynard called the BAR appearance retrospectively as a "public disaster" and gave Villeneuve's manager Craig Pollock, who was also involved in the team, the main blame for the failure. Adrian Reynard remained until 2003 shareholders in BAR, but withdrew already the millennium from operations largely back. The team was taken over in 2005 by Honda, which sold it in 2009 to Ross Brawn, who is in turn a year as Brawn GP led before it to Mercedes Grand Prix in 2010.


Reynard Motorsport was also involved in the development of racing cars such as the Panoz Esperante, the Dodge Stratus touring car, the Dodge Viper GTS -R GT cars and never used in racing, driven by a gas turbine prototype for Chrysler.

In the 1990s Reynard worked alongside the motorsport inserts for Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic as a manufacturer of aircraft seats made ​​of carbon fiber reinforced plastic.


After a failed IPO on the New York Stock Exchange and the financial burden arising from the purchase of Riley & Scott Reynard Motorsport in 2001 went bankrupt. Adrian Reynard leads the bankruptcy of his company, however, on the impact of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 back: You could have meant that American customers would not have taken off already finished race car, contrary to expectations. B.A.R. took over the factory in Brackley, International Racing Management, Formula Nippon and the sports car division and the rights to the Champ Car cars were on Team Australia.


Reynard Motorsport was founded in 1990 and awarded in 1996 for its economic success with the Queen's Awards for Export Achievement.