With more than 25 years manufacturing experience, Fenland based Tiger Racing offer a superb range of kit and factory built cars for road and racing. Jim Dudley, who has experience in racing from sprint events to karting, opened his first workshop in Kent in 1969. Along with his brother Phil he went onto open two further garages, which allowed Jim the experience of working with marque’s such as Lotus, Ferrari and Aston Martin.
Tiger Racing was established in 1989 and their first kit sportscar the 164LM was produced. But the evolution of the car manufactured today can be traced to those produced in 1990, the Super Six. The ethos then as now, was to create a top quality, well engineered car but with competitive build costs. This was achieved by using easily obtainable parts. This continues today, where appropriate Ford parts are used. Across the range as standard the factory use a 2 Ltr Ford Zetec engine, but equally customisation allows for other options to be used instead, including a 4 cylinder bike engine.
Many parts are manufactured in house, and the attention to detail superb, which along with the packages available and the lifetime support, make the Tiger range stand out from their closest competitors. 98% of Tigers sales are road going cars but the Tigers ability on track shouldn’t be overlooked.
Tigers are regularly raced and used on track days such as those organised by the 750 Motor Club and with a previous model, the twin engine equipped Tiger Z100 , breaking records when it hit 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds, Tigers can more than hold their own in the speed stakes.
In 2004 Tiger Racing were able to purchase the name ERA. English Racing Automobiles were established in 1933 manufacturing single seater racing cars that were popular and successful throughout the prewar period. The company went on to develop the G-type which was raced by Stirling Moss in the 1952 World Championship. Today Tiger Racing produce two ERA models, the ERA Single Seater, a beautiful Lotus styled heritage model and the ERA 30, a Lotus 23 inspired marque that can also be produced with the engine and transaxle of the Audi 80 (ERA 30A)
Besides the ERA’s, Tiger produce 6 other models from their entry level car the Avon, to the stunning GTA. All models can be supplied in a variety of options from chassis only to a full kit or built at their Wisbech factory. Tiger Racing are looking to expand further into student motorsport. With the ability to offer not only the kit car with full factory support but a track day and 6 race events plus the guidance any university or college team could need included in a very competitive package, it’s an area where Tiger really could corner the market.
Another string to the Tigers bow is the classic restorations that they are so experienced in, again the eye for detail and the expertise with which these are carried out couldn’t fail to impress the most discerning of classic car owners. Tiger Racing is very much a family affair with Jim’s son Paul also a director and at the helm in the workshop and daughter Laura running the office and upholstering the cars seats. What stands out when visiting the factory is the enthusiasm, knowledge and care that’s taken in getting the customer what they need. Just a few of the reasons why Tiger Racing has such a loyal following.