Hewland rallying heritage includes many world, regional and national championship victories through the supply of both components and complete transmission solutions. Many of the best known rally cars of the infamous Group B era utilised Hewland components, including the awesome Lancia Delta Integrale (winner of six manufacturer’s championships between 1987 and 1992), the Metro 6R4 and the Ford RS200.
Moving through to the early 90’s, Prodrive-Hewland internals were utilised for Subaru’s top-level works vehicles, including the Subaru legacy – the forebear to the famous Impreza which utilised Hewland manufactured internals throughout its life. Again developed by Prodrive, the Subaru Impreza WRC won the WRC driver and manufacturer titles multiple times between 1995 – 97, and remains one of the best known rally cars of all time.
Further down the field, the PWRC was dominated by the Lancer Evolution (several variants) and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, with variants of the two cars winning all but one championship between 1995 – 2012. Hewland supplied components for both vehicles, and these continue to be competitive, gaining class and overall wins to this day.
With a flourishing background in rallying, Peugeut approached Hewland to produce some components for their 206 WRC vehicle, Peugeots most successful rally car to date, winning 3 manufacturers titles between 2000 – 2002. This collaboration led to Peugeot working with Hewland for the production of transmissions for their next generation vehicle, the flamboyant and iconic 307 WRC.
Approached for what would be one of the most challenging projects of the era, Hewland was tasked with producing a 4WD transaxle gearbox for the Peugeot 307, incorporating an innovative twin-clutch system, as well as front and centre differentials. Whilst ground-breaking, the design was put together with some aggressive weight saving technology, managing over 15 kg in weight savings over the 206’s unit (from a different supplier). Much was learned and a reliable product was developed at speed. Now in the hands of privateers, the Peugeut 307 continues to provide solid results.
The Skoda Octavia WRC, produced by Prodrive, was another Hewland-Prodrive collaboration utilising a 4WD transmission developed by Hewland. Competing between 1999-2003, the cars best result was 3rd on the Safari Rally in 2000, an impressive feat for a relatively new vehicle.
Our more unusual projects include the unique Aston Martin Rally GT, as well as the supply of components to Dakar, including bespoke differentials to the Nissan GT Desert team, who finished 5th overall in the 2003 event.
Hewland also supplied transmissions to the Ford Puma and Fiesta S1600 vehicles, as well as the highly successful Suzuki Swift S1600. Competing in the Junior WRC between 2005 – 2010, the Suzuki Swift is one of the most successful S1600 vehicles. Runner up in 2005, 2006 and 2009, the car won championships in 2007 and in 2010, the final year of multiple manufacturer involvement.
Currently, Hewland produces a sequential system designed for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, with development of a new-for-2015 sequential shift conversion underway for Impreza and WRX models competing in open class rallying.
With such wide ranging heritage in rallying, Hewland are well positioned to take on any rallysport project, feel free to get in touch with us here to discuss your latest project and see how we can help.