Titan as we know it today can trace its lineage back all the way to 1965, when its predecessor, Charles Lucas Engineering (CLE) came into being as a race team running 3 F3 cars including one for a young Piers Courage. After initial success, a team-up with Colin Chapman’s Lotus followed, maintaining the momentum.
The 1967 season proved particularly important for CLE; it built it’s very own car (dubbed the Titan MK3), but also designed and built a downdraft MAE engine. The Titan MK3 (fitted with another engine) proved its worth when it qualified on pole on its debut at the British Grand Prix, while the engine put in such a dominant performance in the race that orders flooded in the very next day. Despite continued success in racing as a team, CLE was now in hot demand as a car and engine builder. By the end of 1968 it had built 36 cars and over 100 F3 and Formula Ford engines.
In the following years, CLE continued to produce Titan F3 and FF cars and engines with much success, with the Titan 1970 MK6 considered one of the most successful Formula Fords to ever take to the track. In 1971 a management buy-out saw the company renamed as Titan Cars, while it moved premises to its current site in St. Neots. A change in direction followed, as more and more companies were calling upon Titan to produce car and engine components, leading to Titan stopping complete car construction in 1976 to focus exclusively on engine construction and component manufacturing.
Today, specialist component manufacturing is still the core of Titan’s business, having over the years diversified into the automotive, aerospace, marine and defence industries. In addition to its own range of branded products, Titan is still relied upon today for component manufacture by both prominent race teams as well as various road- and sports-car manufacturers. Long-lasting and ongoing relationships with Lotus Cars, Radical Sportscars and other prominent British sports car manufacturers are testament to the quality and service that Titan delivers.
The future for Titan will see it expand further into the chosen industries, especially as the high-performance engineering eco-system is changing with the focus very much on smaller sized engines and forced induction, and various other “clean” technologies.
As Oz Timms, Titan’s chairman states; “Motorsport is a fast changing and constantly evolving environment. Working in such an environment greatly accelerates the developments of technologies, materials, designs and engineering techniques, and at Titan we continuously apply what we learn to develop our products. We are always looking at new opportunities, and we look forward to future engineering challenges, as well as opportunities for growth”