High performance engineering consultancy KW Special Projects (KWSP) has expanded its classic vehicle engineering and optimisation division into Bicester Heritage, where it will operate within the UK’s only hub for historic motoring excellence. KW Heritage (KWH) will be based out of Unit 119, known as the Field Force Motor Transport Shed (FFMT).
The new premises are abundant with history, having previously been used to store rapid response vehicles on the old Bicester airfield. Unit 119 was also used to host camouflage and bomber training during WWII, when it was decorated with camouflage netting and special paint, which can still be seen on the brick elevations. As the new home of KWSP and KWH, the building has been reimagined with steel-wish metal cladding, giving a nod to the materials used in the past; and a significantly updated structure, making it fit for modern purpose.
KWH continues to grow, backed up by the automotive and motorsport heritage and track record of KWSP, a business recognised for expertise in end-to-end special vehicle projects and one-off commissions. By marrying cutting-edge digital manufacturing technology with traditional engineering, KWH delivers an end-to-end solution for the preservation and optimisation of historic vehicles as well as bespoke special vehicle projects.
Speaking of the expansion into Bicester Heritage, Kieron Salter, managing director of KWSP, commented: “As the only UK site dedicated to bringing together motoring’s past, present and future, Bicester Heritage represents the ideal location for KWH. The unique ecosystem of businesses based at the 420-acre, former WW11 RAF Bomber Training Station, acts as a strong community, promoting skills and expertise, employment, and business growth.
“Much like Bicester Heritage, KWH occupies a unique gap in the market, blending modern digital manufacturing technology with traditional restoration and preservation to re-engineer and re-imagine the classic vehicles of yesteryear. We are excited to be a part Bicester Heritage’s innovative approach to creating a heritage cluster.”
Kieron brings a wealth of expertise from an illustrious career in automotive design, management and special project development. This includes Chief Designer Ford Mondeo BTCC project; LMP Le Mans winning cars for Reynard Motorsport 2001-2003; Principal Engineer Chassis Structures McLaren Automotive; Technical Lead and Constructor NASAMAX Le Mans LMP1 Bio-Ethanol fuelled car 2004; KWM Creation Autosport LMP Le Mans car 2006-2009; and Constructor March 09R Sports 2000 car 2010.
Recent projects for KWH have included component re-engineering and re-manufacture for a 1927 Amilcar C6 Voiturette; alongside engine cover capture, creation and remanufacturing for a 1971 Alfa Romeo Tip 33/3.For information about KHW, or the division’s bespoke vehicle project capabilities, visit: www.kwspecialprojects.com/kw-heritage.