Tiger Racing

Tiger Racing is a family run business that’s been manufacturing Kit Cars for over 20 years.

During this time Tiger have produced a number of sevenesque Kit Cars for the road and track and in 2004 moved into the classic replica market with their purchase of English Racing Motors.

Tiger Racing were also the brains behind the infamous twin engined Z100 in which 5th Gear’s Tiff Needell broke the world record for accelerating from 0-60mph; with the Z100 clocking a time of just 2.9 seconds.

History – Formed in 1989

Tiger Racing were formed in 1989 by brothers Jim and Phil Dudley. From the outset they produced kit built sports cars, with their first offering being the Italian inspired 164LM.

It was in the early 90s that the Tiger Racing we know really started to take shape with the launches of the Super Six, Storm and Cub. The 90s also saw the launch of the infamous Sevenesque Tiger Cat, Super Cat and Super Cat XL Kit Cars.

2000 Onwards

From 2000 onwards, Tiger continued their assault on the Seven Kit Car market with a number of major launches, including the critically acclaimed supercharged ZR6 and Aviator. It also saw the purchase of ERA, a specialist historic racing car marque.

World record breaking – 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds

The Tiger Z100 was designed from the outset to break the 0-60 mph speed record held by the Ford RS2000 rally car (3.09 seconds).

To do this they crated a monstrous twin engined version of their already popular R6 model. To make the engineering masterpiece possible, two Suzuki GSXR 1000 injection bike engines were mounted to a custom Tiger R6 chassis, which had been braced and strengthened to handle the additional BHP.

Once complete, the Z100 was handed over to 5th Gear’s Tiff Needell to conduct an official speed test. Needless to say the Ford RS2000’s previous 0-60 record was beaten and a new world record of 2.9 seconds was set. Tiger also claim that a Z100 has been timed at 2.8 seconds, but no official clarification has been given.

The Future

Tiger look set to continue their interest in Seven style Kit Cars with the launch of the Ford Duratec / Zetec powered R10 in late 2010. The future also looks set to hold further development of the ERA racing classics brand with a number of exciting models already to their name, including the ERA-30 and HSS Single Seater.

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