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ErinSport (formerly 'Erin Motorsport') is the make's racing division, and the oldest part of the company. Founded in 1950, ErinSport has been one of the most revered parts of the Erin brand, turning their production cars into racing machines, as well developing their own vehicles entirely. There are very few disciplines that ErinSport haven't competed in, though their main ones are touring car racing, rallying and endurance competitions.
ErinSport began life as an underdog team based out of Nottingham, England. Dominic Erin, the founder of the company, was an aircraft engineer at RAF Ashbourne, Derbyshire, where he worked on Bristol Blenheim's and Armstong-Whitworth Whitley's during WW2. Come the end of the conflict, the engines and parts of these bombers were given away for free in an effort to combat the country's huge debt. With all these free parts to mess around with, Erin began to experiment and was soon working on a car powered by a Bristol Mercury engine. It was by no means a race vehicle, but with 800 bhp coming from its 25L radial cylinders, it was pretty fast.
Come 1948, and Erin now had a small team of engineers who were working on hand-built race cars to compete in events at the nearby Donington, which, although currently closed due its use by the RAF, was hosting small custom car competitions. It was from this that the team began to build recognition.
The company's first major achievement was the creation of the Erin SCT1 (Sports Car Type 1), powered by a Ford V8, which was entered into a number of sports car competitions around Britain. 8 were built in total from hand-crafted aluminium, some of it even from older aircraft. It was a big success, thanks to its lightness and aerodynamic shape. With a number of victories under their belt, Dominic Erin founded Erin Motorsport in the summer of 1950, and thus the company was born.
Throughout the 1950s, Erin Motorsport would enter into a number of competitions, including Le Mans, the FIA Sports Car World Championship and various prototype competitions. With an ever expanding workforce and more room required, the company bought out the RAF Ashbourne airfield and turned it into their own test track. A new construction facility built at the site allowed them to greatly improve their work, allowing them to build everything on site. By 1959, the company had become so popular that a rich American businessman (who also happened to be a motorsport enthusiast) personally requested "his own Erin" to drive. It was from this that the Erin Motor Company was founded.
Erin Motorsport continued alongside the new company, and it introduced the opportunity to design race versions of the production cars. Soon, Erin Motorsport was entering into numerous touring car competitions, while the FIA World Championship for Makes became one of their most important and successful competitions. During the early 1960s, the teams R&D development began to tune the new production cars being made by Erin, and would soon form into The X Department.
In 1970, the company said goodbye to CEO Dominic Erin has he retired and handed over to his son, Marco Erin, who has owned the company ever since. Under his new management, Erin Motorsport was merged with the X Department and rebranded as ErinSport. With a new budget, closer ties with the main company and access to the X Department's engineers, ErinSport thrived and became an incredibly successful race team. Even during Erin's massive financial crisis in the late 70s, the team would continue to be successful, and helped to prevent the Erin brand from being tarnished.
Since the 1980s, ErinSport has continued to innovate and compete around the world in all kinds of disciplines. These years have also been some of the team's most successful, with racing versions of the Erin Merna and Scarlet leading the way.
Some of ErinSport's major vehicles.
1966 Erin Merna Touring - The first of many succesful Erin Merna touring cars, this was an early BTCC star and also competed (rather poorly) in BRC 1966.
1976 ErinSport Civera Silhouette BRC76 - A fond farewell to one of ErinSport's most loved vehicles, and a Group 4 masterpiece.
1985 ErinSport Nasaro XR SM - A special road going version of a MR Group A legend that dominated super touring car racing in the 1980s.
1988 ErinSport CRP4-B - One of the greatest race cars ever made by ErinSport. A Group C monster that could top 230 mph.
If this car were a song, it'd be Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
1992 ErinSport Merna BTCC92 - The BTCC winning hatchback that took on a field of much bigger cars gave everyone quite the shock.
1993 ErinSport Berlose DTM93 - A one off entrant into the 1993 DTM season, with a car that was bigger than all its compeitiors.
1995 ErinSport GT95 S1 - Erin's loophole exploiting, aerodynamics-breaking, flat eight powered Le Mans champion.
If this car were a song, it'd be Wake Up by Rage Against The Machine.
2001 ErinSport GT01
ErinSport's achilles heal; more advanced than anything they'd ever made, and yet never able to be the success story it should have been.
If this car were a song, it'd be The National Anthem by Radiohead