Within the engineering department of Moto Technique, the engine workshop is where a lot of the magic goes on.
Rebuilding, servicing and upgrading classic and modern engines, using traditional and modern methods to the highest standards possible is the goal of the Moto Technique engineers.
The attention to detail of restoring a 4, 6, 8 or 12 cylinder engine to absolute period correct specification and aesthetics is something Moto Technique have been specialising in since 1980.
With continuing advances in engine technologies and management systems, it is now possible to not only restore the engine of a classic car, but also update it with modern components such as fuel injection throttle-bodies, turbo chargers and programable ECU’s to give it the ultimate upgrade for power, torque, drivability and reliability.
For example, an original Dino 246 GT 2.4 litre V6 engine with a claimed power output of 190bhp in standard specification (although in reality they were closer to 160 - 170 bhp) can be upgraded to give a true output of 227bhp just by upgrading to throttle-bodies with ECU mapping.
The result will be an original looking Dino engine, with a few minor changes that most people wouldn’t notice, an engine that will have total reliability in all circumstances, whether it is hot or cold, up at altitude or down at sea level, but above all it will have a smooth and powerful drivability, that only enhances the driving pleasure of this iconic Italian classic.
Completely original cars that arrive at Moto Technique for full restorations are sometimes 30, 40 and 50+ years old and so the condition of the engines on first inspection can be pretty frightening!!
Below are some before and after photos of engines that have been either restored to original specification or upgraded to modern standards of performance and reliability.
1955 Mercedes 3 Litre Straight Six
1972 Iso Grifo MK2 5.3 Litre V8
BMW 298cc Single Cylinder (13hp)
Below are a selection of engines that have all been upgraded in-house by the Moto Technique Engineering Department. All are bespoke designs that have been built to customer requirements following close consultation with the Moto Technique design engineers.
Ferrari 3.6 Litre V8 Upgrade with 400bhp
Ferrari 2.9 Litre Twin Turbo V8 Upgrade with 720 bhp
This Ferrari F40LM GTE raced in the BPR Global Series during the 1990’s when the cars were being continually modified and upgraded on a race to race bassis.
Read all the details in our completed projects section. F40LM / GTE Completed Projects
When the current owner took on the challenge of restoring this car, he wanted to honour the spirit of the race teams who were always modifying and upgrading these race cars with the most up to date technology of the day.
Therefore he wanted to upgrade the engine to its full potential using the most advanced technology available at the time of the rebuild and restoration.
The result is a state of the art, twin turbo charged engine which has undergone a blueprinted rebuild with many modern intervals and and custom made parts. The latest ECU engine management systems from MoTec allow for 4 bespoke program setting, which range from a “Mild” 400bhp right up to a full blown racing spec of 720bhp.
It was possible to take power up to 1000bhp and beyond, but consulting closely with Michelotto (The original race car manufacture on behalf of Ferrari) It would have meant re-building the engine every 1000 miles.
The result is a perfectly smooth and drivable car, which you could drive down to the shops or carefully in the rain in the lowest setting or right up to the full blown 720bhp racing mode, which in the right hands would probably be breaking lap records on every race circuit for this category.