Open Wheel Racing

Hewland began as a company supplying gearboxes to single seat racing cars, with Formula Junior then Formula Ford being a mainstay of the business in the early years. The iconic HC series of gearboxes, utilising a VW Beetle maincasing will always be associated with how Hewland supplied volume to the lower / middle end of the racing market for decades. In more recent years, new iconic products, firstly the LD200 and then the FTR continued a strong tradition of excellence in Hewland solutions to the needs of smaller racing cars.

Formula 3, Formula 2 and Formula 3000 were just some of the series that were exclusively supplied by Hewland during the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Today the GP2 and its GP3 sister series have become the ladder to Formula 1 and Hewland has been the sole provider of transmissions for the entire field since 2010. Providing a bespoke unit to GP2, this has proven to be one of the most reliable and high-performing transmissions in recent motorsport history. Sequential shift and an integrated semi-automatic ‘paddle-shift’ system provide the modern link that winning drivers need to progress to F1 with confidence.

Multiple other top-level open-wheel series have relied upon Hewlands racing experience, including the highly advanced American Champ Car series, seen by many as America’s solution to Formula 1. The entire field of the Superleague Formula, launched in 2008, ran a bespoke LSF gearbox, setting the proving ground for the transmission technology now used in the GP2 series.

With its renowned quality and performance, it’s not surprising that Hewland transmissions feature in various national championships world-wide. For decades, Hewland products have been used across the world and just some of the more prolific series include Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Palmer Audi, Pro Mazda and Swift Atlantic.

Top-level hill-climb and sprint vehicles also utilise a considerable range of Hewland products, with examples including the 2012 British hill climb champion Trevor Willis utilising Hewland products (in this case a JFR) to beat the competition. With such a wide knowledge base and experience, Hewland is well positioned to provide any customer with the perfect transmission solution to their project, so please get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.