HARRY HOCKLY MOTORSPORT, ENGINEERING FOR SUCCESS - THE HISTORY
Harry Hockly Motorsport was first established in 1985 as a Motorsport preparation company. Hockly at the time was building cars for Vauxhall Motorsport. One of these cars was driven by Hockly who went on to take three consecutive British Open Championship category victories.
Through the growth of Harry Hockly Motorsport, General Motors Europe (GME) asked HHMS to co-ordinate and build a complete rally car kit for the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa 1.6ltr model.
With this project successfully undertaken it gave HHMS the chance to expand into Europe and beyond, running a works specification Opel Corsa for Opel Belgium and a Opel Astra in Turkey, Indonesia, Madeira and Australia.
In 1995 HHMS entered into discussions with Nissan Motorsport Europe to jointly develop the Nissan Sunny 2.0ltr National Specification rally car. This project successfully ran for three years. The partnership between HHMS and Nissan was recently renewed when HHMS built five Nissan Patrol’s for the Paris Daker Rally 2004.
With experience gained, 1998 brought an invitation from Daihatsu UK to build 20 identical Four Wheel Drive Avanzato rally cars to compete in a one make challenge. During this period HHMS were also developing a Proton Satria 1.6ltr Group “A” rally car for Proton UK. This car was to compete in the British Rally Championship. With continual testing and development over a three year period the transition from Group A to Kit Car Specification was made. In 2000 the Proton Satria went onto win the Super 1600 Championship title.
Over the last couple of years at HHMS many projects have been designed and developed, proving a great success. Such as the complete design and build of a chassis for Hyundai America wining the manufacture title of 2003.
The one off special 1.6 Suzuki Ignis for the Simpson Group Barbados walked away with 1st overall and 1st in class on the Valcluse Rally Championship in 2003 and 1st overall in 2004. The Barbados Rally Club Championship 2003 saw the Ignis fly into 1st place overall and winner of its class and defended the class title in 2004. With a number of wins under its belt the Ignis moved to the neighboring island of Jamaica to complete in Rally Jamaica 2003 and 2004. A class win and title of fastest two wheel drive for both of the years the Ignis has made its mark and will continue in 2005.
HHMS recently completed the build of a Ford Focus Four Wheel Drive Rallycross car for Portugal, which has an outstanding 550 brake horse power. From the very first event the Rallycross car led and currently holds the Portuguese Rallycross Championship Title 2004.
Working with World Rally teams is not something new to HHMS building Recce cars for both Mitsubishi and Subaru, brought the build of Group N Evolutions.
Not only are Rally, Race and Rallycross cars prepared in the workshop, but so are service vehicles. HHMS have redesigned Subaru Trucks for the Recce team, built Vauxhall Sport service vehicles and designed and built 3 support vehicles for the Suzuki Junior World Rally Car Team.
Through the continual development with the Proton Satria, HHMS have redesigned and built a new 1400 Proton Satria which is set to challenge contenders in its class of the BTRDA Championship. With the car proving its on the pace, 2004 saw two other 1400 Protons join the race for the BTRDA 1400 title.
Costa Rica has seen Jorge Altman fly into action in his Mitsubishi Evo 7 Group N. Built and prepared by ourselves in 2004 Jorge went onto win the Costa Rica Rally Championship.
2005 brought a mixture of both race and rally cars to the workshop of Harry Hockly Motorsport.
A Peugeot 106 has been designed and built within the Harry Hockly Motorsport workshops. The 106 started as a normal road car and has been successfully transformed into the ultimate 1400 kit car.
Without the constraints of Homologation, we have had a free hand in designing the 106 to suit the demanding Irish Rallying conditions. Designed to compete in Class 9 (1450cc Modified). Check out the the full specification of the 106 under the projects menu.
Not one but two Peugeot’s visited to workshop with the completion of a 206 Rally cross car, designed to compete in the MSA British Rallycross Championship 2005 and BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross 2005. With a compete fabrication of the body shell to allow wide track and to lighten the bodyshell, the Peugeot 206 is fitted with a WRC body kit. Peugeot uses a MI16 2 litre turbo developing 300bhp. Prepared by Kevin Franks of Northallerton and a Transverse Hewland 6 speed sequential mounted forward of the rear axle.
A number of other projects have been complete including the design and fabrication of a Astra (H) Rallycross car, currently still under fabrication the Astra looks to set a flying pace in its championship.
During the course of 2006 we have also developed a 550bhp four wheeled drive Evo 6 race car. The development included completely redesigning the rear suspension and diff location, changing the front steering geometry by using a our designed and fabricated suspension parts. The car is currently a race winner.
After 12 months of development Harry Hockly Motorsport have completed a 2ltr Suzuki Swift for Simpson Motors in Barbados. The body shell has had extensive work carried out to it, consisting of a T45 fully welded in roll cage, ultra lightening work to a weight of 840kgs. The engine and transmission contains a 300bhp dry sumped 2ltr engine utilising roller throttle bodies and titanium exhaust system, cooled with a Alloy/water radiator with twin fans. A Sadev 6 speed sequential gearbox with active diff control and paddle change, Equal length drive shafts, Alcon 5″ carbon clutch and a Hydraulic clutch & handbrake. The suspension is compacted with Full roller & hydraulic bump stop Proflex suspension, Fully adjustable fabricated lower suspension, Aluminium front uprights and Harry Hockly Motorsports own Independent rear suspension setup. As a Alcon dealer we utilised 378mm Alcon front discs using 6 pad 6 piston Alcon callipers, 260mm Alcon rear discs using 2 pot Alcon callipers, Ferodo 3000 front brake pads and Padgid rear pads. Harry Hockly Motorsport invested in the design and production of full carbon trim panels, dash and wing mirrors. The Suzuki runs a wide track body kit with 18″ wheels. The Swift made its debut on the Barbados Rally 2006 and will be competing in Rally Jamica in December 2006.
Harry Hockly Motorsport are currently designing a wide track body kit for Suzuki Swift road cars which will be available as a after market body kit.