Back in 2011 Saxon Motorsport built and developed a BMW 135D. The car was built to comply with the 24 Hour Specials Regulations to enable Saxon to complete in the diesel category of the VLN Championship as well as the infamous 24 Hour Endurance race at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The car uses the BMW 3.0 litre twin turbo diesel engine developed in-house to produce just under 400 BHP. Over the last few years we have carried out extensive development on the engine utilising the latest Bosch Motorsport ECU, optimised on our own rolling road at Hereford.
For 2016 Saxon have carried out a development programme on the latest BMW diesel engine the N57S. This engine has enabled us to achieve 440 BHP and 750 NM of torque. This level of power and torque has necessitated some serious redesign of the lubrication system, crank, pistons etc.
We are pleased to quote customers for complete engines or specialist parts.
The car’s suspension was all fabricated in house and features KW 3 way adjustable dampers all round.
Drive is through a Drenth 6 speed gearbox and a Drexler LSD. The lightened and strengthened shell has been fitted with a substantial roll-cage and wind tunnel developed carbon fibre bodywork.
The finished product is a fully sorted car that has competed in countless VLN 4 and 6 hour races with a number of different drivers, winning the VD3T class in most and competing strongly in the 24 hour race in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Winning the diesel class in 2013.
It has also competed very successfully at Barcleona 24 hr race finishing 2nd in 2014 and winning the class in 2015, the car finished 2nd in class and a creditable 6th overall in the 2015 Silverstone 24 Hour race.
Following the success of their BMW 135D, Saxon went on to develop a BMW 150 car, utilising the same chassis but fitted with a BMW 5.0 litre V10 petrol engine which develops 600 BHP. This car was built to SP8 24 Hr Specials specification to compete with the likes of Aston Martin Vantage and Chevrolet Corvette.
This car has competed in several rounds of the Britcar MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship against cars such as the Ferrari 458 Challenge and the Ariel Atom, finishing 2nd in class in 2014.
Never standing still, Saxon then went on to develop a hybrid diesel 135D car to utilise both diesel and LPG fuel. This system is produced by our Italian partners DIMSPORT and the car was driven by the talented Italian driver Luca Demarchi. It was raced in 2015 in the MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship.
As there are no classes for this category of car, yet! It had to race in class 4 pitting it up against some serious opposition, typically petrol M3’s. However Luca had a very close fought championship with a win at Donington and finished a very creditable 2nd place at the end of the season, missing the title by the smallest of margins in the final round.