Xtrac
  • 1984

    Founded by Mike Endean

    Specialises in 4 wheel drive transmissions for Rallycrossand Paris-Dakar Rally Raid.

    Martin Schanche – European Rallycross Champion 1984

    Martin Schanche

    Kadett Rallye Paris-Dakar 1986

    Kadett Rallye Paris-Dakar 1986
  • 1986

    Growing demand for specialised transverse gearboxes for 4-wheel drive Group A cars from Toyota, Mitsubishi, Opel, Mazda and others.

    Peter Digby, former Production Manager for the Williams Teams and Team Hass F1 joins Xtrac.

  • 1987

    Moves to new factory in Finchampstead near Wokingham. Starts ongoing capital investment in state-of-the-art machine tools.

    Cliff Hawkins joins as first Design Engineer.

    Cliff Hawkins
  • 1989

    Enters Formula One market.

    Enters Formula One market

    Installation of first heat treatment plant

    Installation of first heat treatment plant
  • 1990

    Enters IndyCar market

    Enters IndyCar market
  • 1992

    Revenue exceeds £10 million(EU 15m)

    Receives the ‘Queens Award for Export’

    Supplies the first sequential gearchange racing transmission into F1

    First Indy 500 victory supplying Galmer who win at their first attempt

    First Indy 500 victory
  • 1993

    Supplies Peugeot with gearboxes for their 905’s 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans.

    Supplies Peugeot with gearboxes

    Range of Xtrac type '206' sequential Touring Car gearboxes launched.

    Xtrac type '206' sequential Touring Car gearboxes
  • 1994

    Turnover reaches £12 million.

    Turnover reaches £12 million

    Xtrac type '100' Formula One customer gearbox launched.

    Wins MIA Export Achievement award

    Wins MIA Export Achievement award
  • 1995

    Workforce reaches 100 employees

    Jacques Villeneuve wins the Indianapolis 505!

    Jacques Villeneuve wins the Indianapolis 505!
  • 1996

    Revenue exceeds £20 million (EU 30m)

  • 1997

    Peter Digby leads Management Buy Out – 49% of equity held by Employee Trust

    Cliff Hawkins (Chief Designer) joins the board as Engineering Director

  • 1998

    Revenue exceeds £30 million (EU 45 million)

    Install latest Unigraphics CAD/CAE systems

    Wins prestigious Pro-Share award in recognition of the excellent employee share scheme

  • 1999

    Adrian Moore (Chief Engineer) takes over the running of the engineering department.

    Wins exclusive contract to supply the Indy Racing League.

    Exclusive contract Indy Racing League.

    BMW win Le Mans with Xtrac Sportscar gearbox.

    BMW win Le Mans
  • 2000

    Company undertakes major restructuring with HSBC Private Equity taking a 25% stake (exited in 2013 with 100% ownership returning to management and employees).

    Company relocates to a new 88,000 sq. ft. (8,200 Metres) factory constructed on a 13-acre site at Thatcham near Newbury, UK.

    Factory constructed on a 13-acre site

    Wins exclusive contract for BTCC (British Touring Cars)

    Wins exclusive contract for BTCC

    Wins exclusive contract for DTM (German Touring Cars)

    Wins exclusive contract for DTM (German Touring Cars)

    George Koopman joins company as Financial Director

  • 2001

    Revenue exceeds £35 million (EU 52.5 million)

    Adrian Moore (Chief Engineer) appointed Technical Director & Advanced Engineering Department started

    Workforce reaches to 225 employees.

    Embarks on major new investment in capital plant.

    Wins prestigious Motorsport Industry Association – Business of the Year Award

    Motorsport Industry Association – Business of the Year Award
  • 2002

    Supplies championship winning transmission for Supercross motorcycles in USA

    Supercross motorcycles

    Wins contract to continue exclusive supply to Indy Racing League for a further 3 years.

  • 2003

    Xtrac Inc opens in Indianapolis, USA

    Xtrac Inc opens in Indianapolis, USA

    Improved type ‘295’ IRL gearbox launched to replace original type ‘195’

    Improved type ‘295’ IRL gearbox launched to replace original type ‘1

    Supplies the Le Mans winning Bentley

    Supplies the Le Mans winning Bentley

    BTCC contract extended for a further 3 years

    BTCC contract extended for a further 3 years

    Xtrac become approved supplier for Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Series.

    Xtrac become approved supplier for Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Series.

    Wins Thames Valley Business Award and Peter Digby is national finalist in Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Wins Proshare Awards for Most Effective Communication of an Employee Share Plan and the Best Performance in Fostering Employee Share Ownership and Lloyds TSB award for outstanding management.

  • 2004

    IRL contract extended until 2006.

    IRL contract extended until 2006.

    Launch race winning range of Grand Am sports car gearboxes for US market.

    Launch race winning range of Grand Am sports car gearboxes for US market.

    Launch class winning range of gearboxes for drag racing front wheel drive cars

    Launch class winning range of gearboxes for drag racing front wheel drive cars

    Xtrac begin expansion into Automotive and Marine markets.

    Xtrac begin expansion into Automotive and Marine markets.
  • 2005

    Wins contract for A1GP gearbox

    Wins contract for A1GP gearbox

    Expands non motorsport activities into hybrid powered vehicles

    Expands non motorsport activities into hybrid powered vehicles

    IRL contract extended again (ultimately until 2011 using type ‘295’ gearbox)

    IRL contract extended again (ultimately until 2011 using type ‘295’ gearbox)

    Xtrac Inc grows to 10 staff.

  • 2006

    Xtrac launches new type 529 Sportscar and type 516 World Touring Car gearboxes

    Xtrac launches new type 529 Sportscar and type 516 World Touring Car gearboxes

    Xtrac manufactured diesel Le Mans sportscar gearbox wins in its debut race.

    Xtrac manufactured diesel Le Mans sportscar gearbox wins in its debut race.

    NASCAR gearbox approval

    NASCAR gearbox approval

    Type '6012' Supercar transmission launched.

    Wins Professional Motorsport World – Testing Technology of the Year for Differential test rig

    Wins Professional Motorsport World – Testing Technology of the Year for Differential test rig

    Wins Employer of the Year in the Berkshire Apprentice Awards.

    Xtrac customers occupy 11 out of first 12 places at Le Mans.

    Xtrac customers occupy 11 out of first 12 places at Le Mans.
  • 2007

    IRL contract extended to include AGS supply

    IRL contract extended to include AGS supply

    Gain FIA Super 2000 approval

    Gain FIA Super 2000 approval

    Wins Award for Export Achievement from the Motorsport Industry Association

    Xtrac & Torotrak sign a Senior Motorsport Technology Transfer Agreement

    Xtrac & Torotrak sign a Senior Motorsport Technology Transfer Agreement

    Wins Professional Motorsport World - Engine Innovation of the Year Award

    Red Bull F1 football tournament winners

    Wins Race Tech magazine Most Innovative Motorsport Product award

  • 2008

    Xtrac/MegaLine supplies AssistedGearchange System to every Indy Car

    IRL extend contract for 2009 and 2010

    IRL extend contract for 2009 and 2010

    KERS successfully tested

    KERS successfully tested

    Xtrac / Torotrak / Flybrid win Motorsport Industry Association Teamwork Award

    Xtrac / Torotrak / Flybrid win Motorsport Industry Association Teamwork Award

    Workforce reaches 275

    Achieves 4 years of unbroken race wins in Grand AM

    Achieves 4 years of unbroken race wins in Grand AM

    Wins contract to exclusively supply Brazilian Stock Car Championship 2009-2011 & beyond

    Wins contract to exclusively supply Brazilian Stock Car Championship 2009-2011 & beyond

    Xtrac wins new A1GP powered by Ferrari gearbox contract

    Xtrac wins new A1GP powered by Ferrari gearbox contract
  • 2009

    Wins Argentine TC2000 exclusive gearbox supply contract

    Wins Argentine TC2000 exclusive gearbox supply contract

    Wins contract to supply Ford Fiesta S2000 / WRC with gearboxes and differentials

    Wins contract to supply Ford S2000 / WRC with gearboxes and differentials

    Wins Oreca ‘Formula Le Mans’ exclusive gearbox supply contract

    Wins Oreca ‘Formula Le Mans’ exclusive gearbox supply contract

    Caudwell Marine drive leg project launched to the public

    Caudwell Marine drive leg project launched to the public

    Historic Dakar diesel 1-2 Victory by Volkswagen using Xtrac gearbox and differentials.

    Historic Dakar diesel 1-2 Victory by Volkswagen using Xtrac gearbox and differentials.

    Pagani Zonda R available with an Xtrac 6 speed sequential AMT transmission.

    Pagani Zonda R available with an Xtrac 6 speed sequential AMT transmission.

    Gearboxes now built in America at the expanded Xtrac Indianapolis facility.

    Gearboxes now built in America at the expanded Xtrac Indianapolis facility.

    Receive ISO 9001:2008 Certification at UK facility.

    ISO 9001

    Xtrac’s patented Instantaneous Gearchange System (IGS) successfully completes its first season’s racing.

  • 2010

    VW Touareg Dakar Rally 1-2-3 victory using Xtrac gearbox and differentials.

    VW Touareg Dakar Rally 1-2-3 victory using Xtrac gearbox and differentials.

    M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 wins on debut at Monte Carlo using latest type ‘633’ S2000 gearbox.

    M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 wins on debut at Monte Carlo using latest type ‘633’ S2000 gearbox.

    IRL Contract extended for 5th time through 2011

    IRL Contract extended for 5th time through 2011

    Engineering support facility opened in Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

    Engineering support facility opened in Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

    GRAND-AM relationship extended through 2012 season

    GRAND-AM relationship extended through 2012 season

    Xtrac supply Campos, Lotus and Virgin F1 teams with complete transmission and hydraulic systems.

    Xtrac supply Campos, Lotus and Virgin F1 teams with complete transmission and hydraulic systems.

    Xtrac wins contract to exclusively supply BTCC 2011 - 2015

    Xtrac wins contract to exclusively supply BTCC 2011 - 2015

    The Manufacturer ‘Advanced Manufacturing’ Award

    The Manufacturer ‘Advanced Manufacturing’ Award

    MIA Business of the Year Award

    MIA Business of the Year Award
  • 2011

    Xtrac is awarded exclusive contract for Brazilian Marcas Championship.

    Xtrac is awarded IndyCar new contract 2012 – 2015 – deliveries commence during 2011

    Xtrac is awarded IndyCar new contract 2012 – 2015 – deliveries commence during 2011

    Dakar Rally 1st – 7th

    Dakar Rally 1st – 7th

    Prodrive Mini 1.6litre turbo WRC rally car is announced

    Prodrive Mini 1.6litre turbo WRC rally car is announced

    Xtrac launches new range of Sportscar and Touring Car gearboxes

    Xtrac launches new range of Sportscar and Touring Car gearboxes

    Pagani Huayra is launched with Xtrac’s 7 speed gearbox

    Pagani Huayra is launched with Xtrac’s 7 speed gearbox

    Stephen Lane joins the company as Finance Director

    Stephen Lane joins the company as Finance Director

    PMW ‘Power Innovation’ Award

    PMW ‘Power Innovation’ Award
  • 2012

    X-Raid wins Dakar rally using Xtrac differentials

    X-Raid wins Dakar rally using Xtrac differentials

    Xtrac awarded Large Employer of the Year Award at Newbury College Apprenticeship Awards.

    Xtrac awarded Large Employer of the Year Award at Newbury College Apprenticeship Awards.

    Xtrac invited to participate in the Goodwood Festival of Speed Technology Exhibition

    Xtrac invited to participate in the Goodwood Festival of Speed Technology Exhibition

    Xtrac designs advanced hybrid transmission for premium luxury cars

    Xtrac designs advanced hybrid transmission for premium luxury cars

    New 5000 sq ft (465 sq mtr ) gearbox build facility opened

    New 5000 sq ft (465 sq mtr ) gearbox build facility opened

    Xtrac Inc. celebrates 10 years in Indianapolis

    Xtrac Inc. celebrates 10 years in Indianapolis
  • 2013

    32 of the 55 entrants at Le Mans use Xtrac Gearboxes

    32 of the 55 entrants at Le Mans use Xtrac Gearboxes

    Adrian Moore to represent MIA on Automotive Council UK Technology Group

    Adrian Moore to represent MIA on Automotive Council UK Technology Group

    Peter Digby is awarded the Institute of Directors London and South East Director of the Year Award for a Global Company

    Peter Digby is awarded the Institute of Directors London and South East Director of the Year Award f

    Receive ISO 9001:2008 Certification at US facility.

    Receive ISO 9001:2008 Certification at US facility.

    Xtrac feature in Autocar Magazine article on how motorsport firms can boost the road car industry

    Xtrac feature in Autocar Magazine article on how motorsport firms can boost the road car industry

    Xtrac attends Exhibition of Capability at Jaguar Land Rover, Gaydon

    Xtrac attends Exhibition of Capability at Jaguar Land Rover, Gaydon

    Xtrac feature in Mobil 1 The Grid TV programme on ALMS gearbox design and development

    Xtrac feature in Mobil 1 The Grid TV programme on ALMS gearbox design and development

    Xtrac sales top one billion dollars since the company was started, with over $600m of exports

    Xtrac expands into China

    Xtrac expands into China

    Xtrac included in Top Gear, 'Best of British' automotive feature for motorsport and innovation

    Xtrac included in Top Gear, 'Best of British' automotive feature for motorsport and innovation

    Xtrac wins double awards at the Insider Made in the South East Awards, winning both the coveted Manufacturing Company of the Year and Apprenticeship Scheme awards

    Xtrac wins double awards at the Insider Made in the South East Awards, winning both the coveted Manu

    Peter Digby wins top IoD Global Director and Overall Director of the Year Awards

    Peter Digby wins top IoD Global Director and Overall Director of the Year Awards

    Purchase 25% stake back from Montagu - Xtrac returns to 100% owned by Xtrac staff

    Purchase 25% stake back from Montagu - Xtrac returns to 100% owned by Xtrac staff

    At the Thames Valley Business Awards Xtrac wins the ‘Best Use of Technology Award’ and the ‘Dynamic Business Award’

    At the Thames Valley Business Awards Xtrac wins the ‘Best Use of Technology Award’ and the ‘Dynamic

    Xtrac invited to Exhibition of Capability at Bentley Motors

    Xtrac invited to Exhibition of Capability at Bentley Motors
  • 2014

    1st, 2nd, 3rd and 9 of the top 12 places in the Dakar Rally

    Dakar 2014

    21st Indy 500 Victory with an Xtrac Gearbox

    Indy 500 21st Victory

    7 podium positions at Le Mans including 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall.

    Le Mans 2014

    Xtrac celebrates 30th Anniversary

    30th Anniversary

    Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo launched using Xtrac's new 1529 transmission

    Lamborghini Super Trofero

    At the Manufacturer of the Year Awards, Xtrac Wins:-
    - Leadership and Strategy Award
    - Medium Sized Enterprise of the Year
    - Manufacturer of the Year 2014 -(Top award of the evening)

    Manufacturer of the Year Award

    Peter Digby wins "Entrepreneur of the Year" at the Growing Business Awards.

    Peter Digby Wins
  • 2015

    Martin Halley (Chief Engineer) joins the board as Operations Director, responsible for all manufacturing.

    Martin Halley Joins The Board

    1st & 3rd in the Dakar Rally

    Dakar 2015

    Daytona 24 Hours - 1st place in every class!

    Daytona 24 2015

    Expanded bevel grinding facility by investing over £1M in the very latest state-of-the-art Klingelnberg G30 CNC Spiral Bevel gear grinding machine.

    Increased Bevel Grinding Capacity

    Supplies 38 of 55 Le Mans 24 Hours entrants, including top 9 finishers and 18 of the top 24 finishers. 1st in LMP1, LMP2 & LMGTE Pro.

    Le Mans 2015

    Increased 5 axis milling capability. Two Matsurra 5-axis CNC milling machines, one large capacity twin pallet horizontal (MAM72-100H) and a multi-pallet vertical (MAM72-35V). Muratec twin spindle horizontal lathe also purchased.

    Increased Milling and Turning Capacity

    Xtrac extends its long standing arrangement to exclusively supply transmissions for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship until the end of 2021.

    BTCC Contract Extension Until 2021

    Deliveries of the P1007 gearbox for the Pagani Huayra pass the 100 mark.

    100th P1007

    Xtrac holds open day for all staff, friends and family's to acknowledge Xtrac's record sales of £43m (EU58m) of which 77% were direct exports

    Record Revenue

    Adrian Moore appointed to position of Managing Director.
    Peter Digby takes on Executive Chairman role.

    Adrian Moore to M.D.

    Regional runners up in EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

    EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

    Winners of "People and Skills" award at The Manufacture magazine awards.

    The Manufacturer MX Awards
  • 2016

    Xtrac supply 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall including winners in P, PC GTLM classes at the Dayton 24 Hour race.

    Daytona 24 Hours

    £1m investment made in latest state-of-the-art Klingelnberg G30 CNC spiral bevel gear grinding machine to increase bevel grinding capacity.

    G30 Klingelnberg

    Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the President of the Board of Trade, Sajid Javid, visits Xtrac.

    Sajid Javid

    Xtrac customers finish in first place in all four categories at Sebring. 1st, 2nd, 3rd in P & PC classes

    Sebring 2016

    April 16th/17th 2016 – In 8 events on 3 continents 158 out of 207 cars entered were using Xtrac products achieving 44 out of a possible 57 podium positions.

    158 out of 207 cars

    Xtrac wins UK National Awards for Export Excellence Exporter of the Year and Export Excellence in Europe

    Export Excellence Award

    Peter Digby wins the Institute of Directors London and South East ‘International Business’ Award.

    IoD International Business Award
  • 2017

    Xtrac supply 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall winners with 24 customers running in P, PC, GTLM & GTD classes at the Dayton 24 Hour race.

    Daytona 24 Hours 2017

    Xtrac wins Motorsport Industry Association business excellence award for Export.

    MIA Export Award

    Xtrac Inc. facility in Indianapolis doubles in size to 12,000 Sq Ft. with 16 full time staff.

    Xtrac Inc. Expansion

    IndyCar contract extended to end of 2020 season. Contract originally started in 2000.

    IndyCar Contract Extension

    47 of the 60 cars in the Le Mans 24 Hours use Xtrac products. Between them securing all podium positions.

    Le Mans 24 Hours 2017

    Install £1.1m Ipsen Turbo 2 Vacuum Carburising Heat Treatment Furnace.

    Vacuum Furnace