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RML Group
RML Group
Motor racing team
Founded 1984
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Team Principal(s) United Kingdom Ray Mallock
Current series Le Mans Series
WTCC
Former series BTCC
ASCAR
WRC
South African Touring Car Championship
World Sportscar Championship
JWRC
Spanish GT Championship
British Rally Championship
Drivers
Drivers' titles 1986 (Mallock, Leslie -C2)
1995 (Cleland -BTCC)
1999 (Aiello -BTCC)
2001 (McKellar, Lambert -GTS)
2007(Newton, Erdos -LMP2)]
2010(Newton, Erdos -LMP2)
2010(Plato -BTCC)]
2010(Muller-WTCC)]
2011(Muller-WTCC)]
2012(Huff-WTCC)]
Teams' titles 1995 (BTCC)
1998 (BTCC)
1999 (BTCC)
2001 (ELMS -GTS)
2002 (ASCAR)
2003 (ASCAR)
2007 (LMS -LMP2)
2010 (LMS -LMP2)
2010 WTCC
2011 WTCC
2012 WTCC
RML's former entry in the Le Mans Series, the MG-Lola EX265C Le Mans Prototype

Ray Mallock Ltd., also known as RML Group, is a motorsports racing team and engineering company, based in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.

In 2010, RML is engaged in the Le Mans Series as well as being the works Chevrolet team in the British Touring Car Championship and the World Touring Car Championship.

Early history[edit]

Ray Mallock began building racing cars, alongside his brother Richard, as an assistant to his father, Major Arthur Mallock, who built several Mallock U2 chassis for Clubmans racing. After racing in Formula 3 and sports car racing, Mallock founded his team, Ray Mallock Atlantic Racing, in 1979, which he renamed RML in 1984.

Sports car racing[edit]

Ray Mallock, a driver for Viscount Downe Racing, helped develop the privateer Aston Martin-powered Nimrod NRA/C2 for Group C regulations in the World Endurance Championship in 1983 and 1984. In 1985, RML was contracted to build the Ecurie Ecosse prototypes for the C2 class, winning the class title in 1986.

In 1987, RML returned to the main class by developing the Aston Martin AMR-1. The project was closed in 1990, but RML found work with the works Nissan team instead. RML developed and prepared NPTI's Nissan R90CK programme for Le Mans. One of the cars manages to lead the race for five hours and set a new lap record.

In 1999, RML returned sportscars by producing the RML Mallock P20 Supersports Car, in association with Mallock Sports his brother Richard's company. The car won the National Supersports championships in 1999 and in 2000. It was driven by Michael Mallock both years.

In 2000, RML engineered the Saleen S7 supercar into a competition model, the S7-R, winning the European Le Mans Series in the GT1 class in 2001 and the Spanish GT Championship overall in 2002. In 2004 RML entered the FIA GT Championship with two cars.

Also in 2004, RML ran an MG-Lola EX257 in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Le Mans Endurance Series. After the design became obsolete with the onset of new LMP2 regulations, RML merged components from the EX257 into the Lola B05/40's chassis and bodyshell, creating the MG-Lola EX264, which won Le Mans in the LMP2 class in 2005 and 2006.

The team's car was further upgraded for the 2008 Le Mans Series season, using a new XP21 motor developed by MG, and renaming the car EX265. This car was then replaced before the season finale by a coupe bodystyle, based on the new Lola B08/80. Using components of the EX265, including the MG XP21 motor, the new car was christened the EX265C, and made its debut at the 2008 1000km of Silverstone.[1]

In 2009, the team turned to the Mazda MZR-R turbocharged engine in the back of the Lola B08/80, abandoning the MG moniker, but issues with the spec fuel caused several engine failures over the season, the car finishing only twice over the whole season. For the 2010 season, the team is retaining the Lola B08/80 chassis, but with a normally aspirated V8 engine developed by Honda Performance Development, the same engine used in the HPD ARX-01.

RML competed in the Le Mans Series in 2011 with a HPD ARX-01d LMP2 car, becoming the second team to run the ARX-01 in Europe after Strakka Racing.[2]

In 2012, RML developed a new engine on behalf of Nissan for the unique Nissan DeltaWing RML, as Nissans Motorpsort Partner ran the car and provided engineering and technical support at Le Mans 24 hours and Petit Le Mans where it finished 5th overall.

Touring Car Racing[edit]

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Vauxhall (1992–1996)[edit]

Taking advantage of his relationship to Ecurie Ecosse, RML made its debut in touring car racing in 1992, by moving to the British Touring Car Championship. The team ran two semi-works Vauxhall Cavaliers for Ecurie Ecosse for two years, and due to the car's success, it was awarded with the works deal in 1994, winning the championship the following year. The RML Vauxhall Cavalier won the 1995 in both the teams and Drivers standings.

Nissan (1997–1999)[edit]

RML's association with Nissan grew in 1997 with the team building the Nissan Primera for the BTCC. The team won the Drivers Championship in 1999 with Laurent Aiello, along with the manufacturers and teams titles in 1998 & 1999.

SEAT (2004)[edit]

See also: SEAT Sport

In 2004, SEAT Sport UK acquired two SEAT Toledo Cupras, which RML campaigned in the BTCC, but at the end of the year the partnership was dissolved when RML entered the WTCC

Chevrolet (2009–2011)[edit]

RML re-entered the BTCC in 2009, running ex-WTCC Chevrolet Lacettis for 2001 champion Jason Plato, Mat Jackson since round two and James Nash since round four. Their 2009 campaign has brought good results, taking 11 wins and Plato taking second in the drivers championship. In 2010, RML ran the Works Chevrolet team in the BTCC, winning the drivers championship with Jason Plato. On 1st Feb 2012, Chevrolet announced that they will be pulling out of the BTCC to focus on the WTCC, therefore RML will not be taking part in the 2012 BTCC season.

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

Yvan Muller won his second Drivers' Championship and Chevrolet won the Manufacturers' Championship for the first time in 2010.

Chevrolet (2005–2012)[edit]

RML won the contract to run the works Chevrolet Lacetti in the WTCC from the 2005 season. The Lacetti won 1 race in its first year, 7 wins in 2007 and 5 wins in 2008. RML continue to run the Chevrolet works outfit in the WTCC, with the new Chevrolet Cruze being introduced in 2009 and taking 6 wins in the first year. In 2010, the Chevrolet team won both the Manufacturers Championship by a substantial 74 points and, with Yvan Muller, won the Drivers Championship.[3] On 4 July 2012, GM Europe announced that the 2012 season will be the last for the Chevrolet WTCC team.[4]

Independent Entry (2013–present)[edit]

On 4 March 2013, RML announced they would enter the WTCC in 2013 as an independent two-car entry with Chevrolet Cruzes run for Yvan Muller and new recruit from the closed down Team Aon team, Tom Chilton.[5] Muller will win the 2013 WTCC championship & Chilton finishes 5th overall.

In 2014,RML will develop & build the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze to the new 2014 WTCC specs for various teams, but will not field a 2014 race team. Yvan Muller will be driving the new C-Elysee WTCC for Citroen Racing and Tom Chilton will drive the RML-built 2014 Chevrolet Cruze with Tom Coronel at ROAL Motorsport.

South African Touring Car Championship[edit]

RML built the works Nissan Sentra for the South African Touring Car Championship.

Rallying[edit]

At the end of 1997, GM Europe decided to cut down its involvement in touring cars, and RML went with them to the develop the Opel Astra Kit-car for the Formula 2 regulations in the World Rally Championship and several national rallying championships in Europe. In 1999, the RML Astra won titles in Germany, Norway and Sweden.

In late 2000 Opel assigned RML to design and build the Opel Corsa for the new Super 1600 category, which replaced the F2 kit-cars. The car made its competition debut in the 2002 JWRC class of the Monte Carlo Rally and its first title the following year.

Formula One[edit]

RML considered lodging an entry for the 2010 Formula One World Championship,[6] however decided against it, citing the current uncertainty over 2010 regulations as their reason for doing so. They were to use Cosworth engines had they submitted an entry. RML have also said they are still considering an entry into Formula One in the future.

Other series[edit]

In 2002, RML developed the ASCAR stock car, based on ASA-type racing, winning the 2002 and 2003 titles with Nicolas Minassian and Ben Collins. Also in 2002, RML prepared Darren Manning's Team St. George car for the British Champ Car race at the Rockingham race track.

Road cars[edit]

RML's engineering skills were used in road-going cars for the first time in 1990, when the company built a small number of Ford GT40 replicas. In 1994, RML created several concept sketches for an undisclosed Japanese manufacturer.

In 1999, RML returned with two different projects, the Opel Astra Concept DTM, a road-going prototype based on the Opel Astra Coupé the German company would debut the following year, and the ground up design of the Saleen S7.

In 2003, Nissan ordered a prototype based on the new Nissan Micra, powered initially by a 265 hp (198 kW) Touring Car race engine (with a 6-speed sequential gearbox), and later by a 309 hp (230 kW) Nismo tuned V6 engine and called Micra R. The car debuted in the Geneva Auto Show.

In 2011, RML showcased the Nissan Juke-R with Nissan announcing a limited production run of 'the worlds fastest crossover' in 2012.

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