morning stood on the doorstep of the Forge Motorsport HQ in Gloucestershire, somewhere we never thought
we would have the opportunity to look around, let alone have a tour from the MD himself!
Many people might think that Forge Motorsport was born from an era of computer controlled and performance orientated cars that now line our streets, tv screens, iPad's and phones. But you'd be wrong.
From a much more humble beginning engineering and maintaining machines
to make ice cream is where it all began, many years ago!
un-named company to realise that he could make one better.
With the tools, expertise and skill at his disposal he set about making one for his car,
improving on what he had in front of him until it as perfect.
The rest as they say is history and today we have Forge Motorsport
providing some of the best automotive performance products on the market,
from Diverter Valves to Actuators and Intercoolers. Forge research,
design and manufacture not only the most technically advance
but beautiful products in the world.
process behind their amazing products. I personally had a view in my head before we
went of computers and robots everywhere spitting products out here then and
everywhere ,all boxed up and ready to go. How wrong was I and gladly so.
What we were met with was a bunch of guys as passionate about cars as we are.
Genuine, down to earth people and the only robot it in site was putting
coffee in to little plastic cups, that and a couple of milling machines of course.
with the smell of filings and grease everywhere, it felt comforting and familiar.
There was no man in a suit, no fancy computers and bright white rooms.
This was precision engineering as it should be. The first room we walked
in sat a man, hand polishing products before they go in to their respective
box's to be sent to you ready to be bolted to your pride and joy.
Intercoolers were being welded not by a machine, but by a craftsman
by hand with the pride and attention only a human could show.
huge chocolate factory. Seeing glorious products being created in front of you.
Some for customers waiting to receive the next piece in their performance puzzle
and some bespoke projects for people like Liam Doran and other motorsport participants.
I love tuning car's and getting more out of them and being here, surrounded by all this
was overwhelming and awe inspiring. Picking up a block of billet aluminium and knowing
that in a few hours time that would be a working part on a car that linked with
others would start a process of producing pure power is something a petrol head like
me gets excited about, sad that may be its true.
seen the MK1 Berg Cup there, made by Forge, I will let you in to a little secret, it wasn't running
and to date it hasn't turned a wheel in anger or even patience.
It is however amazing!
Im not going to go in to detail right now as we will hopefully have a more in depth
look and play around with the MK1 soon but its all bespoke as you would expect
and is no doubt going to be loud, fast and fun when it hits the road
and Nurburgring in a few weeks time, something we are very excited to see.
It was a great pleasure to be invited up to Forge and have to thank them
and Alias23 for giving us the opportunity to visit the factory and meet some
cool people who we hope to continue to work with in the near future.
Thanks for Reading
Pics by Louis Ruff
Words by Nathan Nicholls