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Creating history since 1974


Nicholson McLaren Engines (NME) was founded in 1972 by John Nicholson to maintain the Cosworth DFV engines for McLaren Racing. McLaren’s F1 World Championship wins in 1974 and 1976 with their drivers James Hunt and Emerson Fittipaldi were powered by NME. Further successes followed through the 80’s and 90’s in F3000 and Group C2 Le Mans, this success continues today with our clients competing in Historic Formula One, Group C, Classic Endurance Racing (CER), Masters Series, Sprint and  hill climb events in Europe and Australia. We are extremely proud to be the engine suppliers to the Champions in The MSA British Hill Climb Championship for the last 10 seasons.


Based near Wokingham in Berkshire, NME have the facility to design components, build engines, develop existing engines, manufacture and maintain or repair competition race engines from 4 to 12 cylinders. NME is capable of providing a project management package for all engine types, petrol, diesel & alternative fuels. At our facility we have in house dynamometer test cells with climate control which can be hired for confidential engine testing only (if required), plus test rigs for dynamic valve train and airflow rigs. NME also has balancing equipment for crank shafts and cam shafts and in house NDT and dye pen crack testing facility.


Our NDT facility is certified to Aviation standards and it is ideal for testing engine, transmission, drive train, suspension and chassis components.


NME carry out overhaul repairs & servicing of mechanical injection fuel metering units, injectors and engine ancillaries.


NME welcome international clients from around the world.


NME’s in-house engine design department utilises the latest CAD and CAE tools to undertake all types of design projects from small component assessments to complete engine designs.


Design analysis facilities include:

CFD Fluid flow analysis for coolant systems, intake ducts and exhaust manifolds.

1D simulations for valve train dynamics and full engine gas dynamics utilising Lesoft engineering software suite.


Discuss your race engine requirements

To place an order, discuss a problem or talk through your race engine with our expert team, call the professionals today on

+44 (0)118 973 8000


If our office is closed, be sure to email us and we will respond as quickly as we possibly can.

Dyno Testing

All engines prepared by NME are subjected to a rigorous testing process on one of our in house dyno’s before they are released for use.


NME’s dyno facilities are available on a daily hire basis at competitive rates with confidentiality assured.


Inspection Department

NME’s high quality inspection department is equipped with a Mahr Primar measuring facility for the inspection of crankshafts and camshafts and a Mitutoyo CMM table which is ideal for measuring engine components. We are also equipped with a Saturn Dynamic balancing machine for balancing crankshafts and cams.


Do you have a question about our engines? Call

+44 (0)118 973 8003

Race Support

We can offer a full race/track support package to suit your needs please do not hesitate to contact us.

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