About us

John Beattie,  Race Engine Design’s founder started racing in 1975 competing in cars that included Lotus sevens and Clubmans Mallocks. Later developing a Gary Anderson (Jordan) penned single seater for hill climbing.

John quickly became known not only as a racing driver, but also as a highly skilled  Engine Designer and Builder, developing and maintaining his own engines.    As his racing successes continued, demand for John’s skills as an Engine Designer and Builder grew quickly, and resulted in John setting up Race Engine Design developing reliable competition engines with a focus not only on Race, but also for Rally, Sprint and Hill climb applications.

The range of engines  built by Race Engine Design include

  • Alpha Romeo 2.6 V8 Montreal
  • BMW M12 Formula 2
  • Cosworth YB
  • 6 ltr Donovan block Chevrolet 620 bhp
  • Ford 1700 Cross flow
  • Ford 1600 BDA Hillclimb
  • Ford BDT one off special for Hill Climb, see link to Manic Beattie
  • Ford 2 Litre BDG
  • Hart 420R Formula 2 (Based on Ford BDG)
  • Honda S2000
  • Judd 3.5 ltr CV 16 Injector methanol 650bhp
  • Porsche 4ltr
  • Proton 1600 engine and more recently a 1400
  • Subaru Group A and Group N
  • Vauxhall 2Ltr XE

Race Engine Design continue to focus on reliable competitive engines, with a particular focus on

  • Design and Manufacturing of all Hart 420R Engine components
    • Conventional Head and Block
  • Hart 420R Engine Assembly and tuning
  • S2000 Engine tuning and development of S2000 Dry Sumps
  • Proton 1400 and 1600 engines



Hart, S2000 & Proton competition engine development