Nicholson McLaren Engines

Nicholson McLaren Engines


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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A history of winning achievements in motor racing

Information about period race car engines is often limited. Engineering drawings can often be incomplete, so many components need to be reverse engineered, digitally scanned or redrawn so that patterns or CAD files can be produced in order to manufacture the parts.

With new drawings by Nicholson McLaren, engine blocks, cylinder heads, crankshafts and ancillary components can be prototyped then manufactured inhouse.

Our engines are assembled by our skilled technicians and dyno tested in our own facilities before being installed in cars where they have competed in races such as the Le Mans Classic, Historic Monaco and other significant historic races throughout Europe.

Automotive engine projects in the UK
  • Cosworth DF Series V8
  • Jaguar 6 cylinder
  • Jaguar V12
  • Porsche Carrera Cup 2012 -2015
  • Porsche 935
  • Porsche 962
  • Matra V12
  • Nissan V6 900 + BHP
  • NME XB V8
  • Toyota GT86

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Nicholson McLaren Engines 
+44 (0) 118 973 8000
Powering success since 1972 - through development, manufacturing & testing