Having led Mathwall Engineering through forty years of success in saloon car racing, turbo development and latterly historic racing, in 2007 Stuart Mathieson 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. After growing up with Mathwall, Mark seemed destined to pursue a career in motorsport.
After completing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a masters degree in Engine Design at Bath University, Mark spent four years at Ricardo Consulting Engineers before joining Ilmor Engineering as a valvetrain development engineer. After two exciting years working closely with Paul Morgan and Mario Illien, Mark was appointed as the Head of Formula One Development. Over a period of five years Mark built a successful team, embedding a strong development culture and capability throughout the company. Mark then took charge of the Formula One Engine Programme for Mercedes, with a brief to further improve the effectiveness of the team and thereby establish a competitive edge on the race track.
Having undertaken a masters degree course in engineering business management at Cambridge University, Mark was ready to take on the challenge of Mathwall as Stuart started to think about his retirement. Both father and son believed that Mathwall could build on the strong foundation of the last forty years and once again venture into new and exciting areas to take the business to a new level.
As such the company has initially concentrated on expanding the long established V8 racing engine build service, and is now extending this service to a wider range of engines. Stuart continues to support the business with his extensive experience.
With the additional support of several associates and organisations, also with F1, Indy Car, Nascar, GT and performance road car backgrounds, Mark is able to take Mathwall into the design and development of full powertrain systems, vehicle interfaces and innovative research and development projects. Aligned with this activity is the provision of engineering consultancy and programme management services.
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.
Whilst continuing to offer Ford and Chevrolet V8 engines for the more discerning historic racer and collector, Mathwall has broadened its product offerings to include other engine types, reverse engineering and technical and commercial consulting.