Davrian is a popular British kit car manufacturer, also known under the name Darrian. In the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship of 1996, the Swansea Institute Team Darrian (SITD) took outright honours. The company has also created a limited number of Renault Alpine A110 rally car replicas – the Monte Carlo MC220 Berlinette.
In 1965, Adrian Evans designed and built the first Davrian car, using the aluminium alloy Hillman Imp engine based on the Coventry Climax. By 1967, the Davrian Demon was announced and production started with the cars being available in kit form. The Davrian Demon had a 2 seat glass fibre monocoque coupé. Monocoque is a construction technique where the external skin of an object supports the structural load (mono is French for single, and coque means shell). This type of car construction is very different from the type where an internal framework is used for support and then covered with a skin that bears no load. A rich assortment of power units was offered for the Davrian Demon, such as the Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Fiesta and Mini.
Between 1967 and 1976, Davrian cars were produced at 65 North Street, Clapham in London, England. In 1976, the production moved to Wales and ended up in Tregaron, Dyfed. In 1980, it was time for another move, but this time production stayed in Dyfed, Wales – it only moved from Tregaron to Lampeter, where it stayed until 1983. Over the years, a long row of improvements made it possible for the Davrian cars to go through Marks 1 to 8 and they became extremely popular as rally and circuit racing cars for amateurs.
In the year of 1980, the Mk8 was offered as a complete car but the company was not adequately capitalized for such an undertaking and went into receivership in 1982. This car was eventually relaunched under the name Corry. Production of the early, basic versions could also proceed under new ownership in the same premises. The name was now changed from Davrian to Darrian. The Darrian featured a modified body that consisted of glass fibre composite on space frame. The car was also mid-engined. Most versions used a Ford engine, but Rover V8 and Vauxhall 16 valve units were also possible.
In 1983, Will Corry purchased the Dragon rights and moved production to Lisburn in Northern Ireland and the newly founded Corry Car Company. Tony Stevens was employed to restyle the body, and the new line of cars was primarily sold as competition vehicles. It should however be noted that a small number of road going versions was released as well.
Generally speaking, the Darrian concept is based on optimizing traction and promoting predictable handling characteristics by maintaining a powerful enough rear weight bias. Outstanding durability and serviceability of the engine are considered Darrian landmarks, and this is also true for gearbox and drive shafts. Darrian suspension is normally very simple and has retained its rugged design. As mentioned above, the Darrian is now fitted with an in-line mid engine. Petrol tanks as well as dry sump tank are also mid mounted, and the spare wheel is found above the transmission in the back.