Knight Racing Services was set up as a part time business in 1994 by Peter Knight, a racer himself who struggled to get the American V8 expertise & parts needed.
Within two years, Peter was full time, his first circuit racing client being Bill Shepherd, his Cobra going on to win three FIA GTS (12) Championships.
In 2001, Peter was offered the contract to maintain the Saleen S7R engine for RML, who competed & won the 2001 European Le Mans Series. Saleens featured again in 2004, and further support for sports car racing has been with engines for Mosler, Marcos, Dodge Viper, Aquila and Riley amongst others.
Historic racing has always been a major part of the scene at Knight Racing Services, many Cobra, Falcon, Mustang, GT40, Lola T70 & McLaren engines are now supplied & maintained from their Daventry Workshops, and much development continues, as does racing success, for example, in the 2015 Goodwood Revival TT, 1st & 2nd Pole were claimed with Knight 289 powered Cobras, which were also the only V8’s on the Podium. In the 2014 Goodwood Shelby Cup for touring cars, Pole, Win, and 5 out of the first 7 cars home were powered by Knight Engines.
His 20+ year connection with the AC Cobra has led to Peter being one of the biggest names in Cobra 289, 427, and Shelby GT350/500 engine restoration, engines coming from literally around the World for rebuilding, and period authentic upgrades.
To date, over 500 new race & road engines have been supplied, and most are still maintained. Further development has been in the area of manufacturing of both race & rare parts to support Historic Motorsport.
Dyno testing & tuning are also offered, the experience of testing over 50 types, 1000 customer dyno sessions, and 2000 tests of their own engines.