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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 80s and 90s 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.
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Based in Berkshire NME has 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 and 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.

Race Engine Projects

Automotive Engine Projects

Our expertise covers:

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

Dyno Testing

All the 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.

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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.
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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Based in Berkshire NME has the facility to design components, build engines, develop existing engines, manufacture and maintain or repair competition race engines from four to twelve cylinders.

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