Andy Nicholls Racing

Engines and fast cars have been in Andy Nicholls blood from an early age, so it is no surprise that he has gone on to carve out a successful career as a drag racer. Having also previously run his own business servicing, tuning and upgrading a full range of Rover and MG models, Scunthorpe-based Andy certainly should know a good motor component supplier when he comes across one. One of the many highlights of his drag racing career to-date came a few years ago when he established a new U.K. Front Wheel Drive (FWD) record of 10.23 seconds at 138 mph in his beloved Rover MG ZR. Whilst technical advancements have seen this record subsequently surpassed, he still remains competitive on the circuit and was Euro Sports Compact FWD PRO Champion in 2012.
He also recently finished runner-up in the final round of the inaugural FWD Drag Series 2013 Championship – a fully MSA sanctioned competition run over six events at the Santa Pod Raceway in Bedfordshire competed by some of the best European and Japanese cars on the UK FWD scene. Robson Engineering have developed and manufactured the connecting rods that Andy has used in the MG ZR over recent seasons, and he recalls the start of the supply relationship. He explained: “We had been having problems for some time with conrods that were bending or snapping, so we began working with Karl and the guys at Robson to create a solution that could cope with the intense demands drag racing places on the engine parts.” Robson ultimately came up with a set of rods that could cope with the performance levels required, which helped push Andy towards his record breaking exploits.
Andy recieves his runner-up award at FWD Drag Championship
Andy continued: “The culmination of the product development process led to a combination H beam and I beam rod, with both elements working together to overcome the previous bending issue. “Robson certainly know their stuff and we have had a number of conrods from them over the years – both for the cars we race and also for various other engine rebuild projects that the business undertook.” The closure of the MG Rover group in the middle of the last decade had a clear negative impact on Andy’s business (AN-Racing), which he had run on a part-time basis alongside his normal day job. He commented: “Once Rover had closed, the demand for the services we offered dropped significantly, so I decided to call it a day and focus exclusively on my career. “However, we’re possibly looking at getting things going on that front again. We’ve identified suitable premises and hopefully can get things up and running in the near future. “When we do, we will certainly look to work with Robson Engineering again wherever possible on the supply of conrods.”

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