Mathwall Engineering was formed in 1967 by Stuart Mathieson and Peter Wallace, both of whom left Alan Mann Racing having worked on the successful Ford racing programmes. The company began in a small lock-up in West Byfleet, Surrey and its first job was to prepare a customer Falcon for saloon car racing.
The company was immediately successful in this class of racing and subsequently picked up major saloon car racing programmes for BMW and Mazda. These Mathwall-prepared cars dominated the competition and the company enjoyed regular race and championship successes.
Throughout this era, Stuart continued to provide Ford and Chevrolet engine building services for race and road use. However, it wasn’t long before Mathwall looked further a field and Stuart began to work with Professor Watson at Imperial College, London developing turbo charging systems.
This was initially based on BMW engines, to support the Mathwall race programme. The detailed knowledge acquired over this time later enabled the company to offer highly refined road car turbo conversions. In fact Mathwall beat Lotus to launching the first Lotus Esprit Turbo. The Mathwall developed Lotus was sold as a warranted new car through the Bell and Colvill dealership and received rave reviews from automotive journalists of the time.
Mathwall provided engines for all 40 of the GT40 MkV Safir cars in the 1980s, many of which are still running today.
In 2007 Stuart handed over the running of the company to his son Mark who had spent the previous ten years working with Ilmor Engineering and Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines. Mark diversified the company’s capabilities and the range offered today serves historic motorsport, motorsport and automotive sectors but the original small company spirit lives on and novel and interesting projects are always well received by the team.
In September 2017, Mathwall celebrated its 50th birthday with a friends, customers and suppliers past and present.