Since 1965 Quaife Engineering has pioneered the
development of high performance automotive transmission
systems for fast road and motorsport use, on two and four
wheels. From humble beginnings Quaife Engineering now
enjoys a multi-million pound turnover, boasts over 60
employees and operates from two sites in the South-East of
England. This makes Quaife ideally placed for overseas
customers, with over 70% of the company’s products
destined for the export market.
In addition to this aftermarket success Quaife also acts as an
OEM supplier to the world’s largest car manufacturers,
including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Toyota, and
counts Caterham Cars, Lotus Cars and the Morgan Motor
Company as valued customers.
These clients, both small and large, are attracted by Quaife
Engineering’s track record of automotive engineering
excellence. So why not contact us to discover the results that
Quaife can deliver for your business or motorsport project?
The late Rodney Quaife founded RT Quaife Engineering forty
three years ago. A gifted engineer and passionate
motorcyclist Rod Quaife’s business acumen, mechanical skills
and ambition enabled him to exploit a commercial
opportunity presented by the then thriving British bike
industry, which then relied on four speed transmissions. Ever
the innovator, Rod Quaife designed a vastly superior
replacement five speed gear cluster which was ideal for road
and racing use, initially for Norton applications only.
Success swiftly followed, as did custom from BSA, Triumph
and many others, which meant Quaife’s range expanded to
cater for new applications, while the company grew rapidly.
But as the 1960’s became the 1970’s and the British
motorcycle industry shrank Rod Quaife cast around for new
growth opportunities in the specialist transmission business,
which came in form of the now ubiquitous Mk1 Ford Escort.
Popular from the outset, the factory competition Escorts ran
expensive and rare ZF five speed gearboxes, which replaced
the standard four speed ‘Rocket’ transmission. Rod Quaife
soon realised there was sufficient space within the standard
Ford gearbox casing for a carefully designed close-ratio five
speed gear cluster that would both withstand the abuse of
motorsport and be within the budget of the clubman
competitor. Quaife’s gearkit was an instant success and today
Quaife Engineering – under the direction of Rod’s children
Michael and Sharon – continues to grow rapidly and now
produces a vast range of car and motorcycle gearkits and
gearboxes, plus automatic torque biasing helical gear limited
slip differentials. In today’s digital age much has changed
since 1965, but the passion for innovation and engineering
excellence remains, as the thousands of satisfied Quaife
customers around the world will happily testify.