Westfield cars

Westfield Sei car
Westfield Sei car

Westfield Sportscars is a British manufacturer of kit cars and factory built vehicles. The company currently offers several two-seated, open top sports cars and their main production line is heavily inspired by the Lotus Seven. Westfield Sportscars was founded in 1982 by Chris Smith and is headquartered in Kingswinford,, England. In 2006, Westfield Sportscars became a part of Potenza Sports Cars Limited.

Examples of Westfield produced cars are the SEi, Megabusa, SEiGHT, and Sport 2000S, as well as the XI, XTR2 and XTR4. Westfield Sportscars has become famous for pioneer technical innovations such as wider than normal chassis and independent rear suspension.

In the late 1980s, threats of litigation based on Industrial design rights violations led to an out-of-court settlement and Westfield changed the design of their cars quite a lot to avoid future legal problems. Westfield does however still use the same glass fibre body method that can be seen in the Lotus Elise, Lotus Esprit and Lotus Elan, which distinguish the Westfield cars from other Lotus-a-like cars such as the ones produced by Caterhamn.

One example of a popular Westfield sports car is the Westfield XTR2. This vehicle is an extremely lightweight two-seater equipped with a lightweight steel tubular spacefram chassis. Performance upgrades are available, but the standard car features a 170 horsepower, 1299cc Suzuki Hayabusa 4 cylinder engine and a 6-speed sequential gearbox. This car has no roof, no windshield and is more or less devoid if any signs of interior luxury. This extreme simplicity has managed to bring the weight down to 410-440 kilograms (the weight varies between the different configurations). The Westfield XTR2 is legal for road use in the United Kingdom, but is mainly used on the race track.  The Westfield XTR2 is still sold by Westfield, but there is also a new version available: the Westfield XTR4. The Westfield XTR4 comes with a more powerful engine, and has also undergone notable aesthetic and structural alterations.

The most famous Westfield sports car is probably the Westfield XI. The Lotus Eleven was one of the most celebrated sports racing cars of the mid 1950s and owning their own Lotus Eleven become a life-lasting dream for many sports car enthusiasts around the globe. In 1982, the newly formed Westfield Sportscars started to make a car heavily inspired by the Lotus Eleven – the Westfield XI. The Westfield XI successfully participated in a wide range of races and production continued until 1986.

Today, over two decades later, Westfield Sportscars has resumed production of the Westfield XI and a limited amount of cars will be produced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Lotus Eleven. Just like in the old days, the Westfield XI comes with a space frame chassis with stressed aluminium panels. You can either get a self-build version of purchase rolling chassis. The engine is a 4 cylinder, 1275cc BMC A series. The max power is 65BHP @ 6000rpm, while the max torque is 72ft lb @ 3000rpm. In the front, you will find disc brakes, while the rear is equipped with drum breaks. The car also sports 4-Speed transmission, a points and coil ignition system, a chain driven single cam, and a GRP prefinished in lightweight Gel-Coat body work.



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