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Immico keeping champions cool in the heat of high-speed battle




• Herts-based manufacturer off to a flying start in fast-paced motorsport world

• Latest two BTCC champions have both benefitted from company’s expertise

• Managing Director Stuart Thorp says business is on ‘a really exciting path’


At Brands Hatch just over a fortnight ago, Ash Sutton sped to a fourth career crown in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) – the country’s premier motorsport series. The driver he pipped to glory – Tom Ingram – had secured his first title at the same track 12 months earlier. Different teams and different cars, but one common factor in both success stories was Sutton and Ingram’s secret weapon – a thermal management solution keeping their hybrid combustion engines cool in the heat of battle.

You may not have heard of Immico yet, but the chances are you soon will, as the Sarratt, Herts-based start-up – only established four years ago – increasingly gains a foothold on the grid. In addition to partnering Sutton’s NAPA Racing UK outfit and Ingram’s team, Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8, the company similarly supplies its pioneering products to Toyota Gazoo Racing UK, meaning six of the top ten drivers in the final BTCC standings in 2023 were Immico-equipped.




And that is not all. The fast-growing British brand – which operates on a global scale – has also proved its prowess at the pinnacle of international sportscar competition in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Not only has this involvement offered Immico the opportunity to showcase its products’ worth, but by virtue of its high-speed nature, the sport simultaneously serves as the perfect proving ground for honing and refining them, as the WEC’s long-distance races and the BTCC’s intense on-track battles put technologies rigorously to the test.

From cutting-edge innovation to precision engineering and attention-to-detail, the synergies are manifold. Moreover, as a mark of its burgeoning reputation and stature as a company, Immico has recently been commissioned to supply its products to a global supercar manufacturer and become a member of the prestigious Motorsport Industry Association (MIA). Managing Director Stuart Thorp says that is merely the start...

“It’s immensely rewarding to see how far we’ve come over the past four years,” he acknowledges. “Back at the beginning, it was just me doing everything. Now, we have a talented team of six people and the path we are on is really exciting for the business.




“We’ve found a lot of traction in supporting motorsport teams on a technical partnership level. That’s what we like to do, rather than simply supplying parts. Every relationship is unique, and we pride ourselves on really understanding our customers’ requirements and offering our recommendations as to how and where we can help. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ mentality here.

“Performance is our main core value, but there is also the quality of our work and the durability side of it. In the WRC and BTCC in particular, our products need to survive some pretty heavy contact, and our involvement in such high-calibre championships has helped us to massively accelerate development in general, which then filters down to everything else that we do.

“In a series as ultra-close as the BTCC – and you only need to look at the lap times in the first part of qualifying at Silverstone this year, where the fastest ten drivers were covered by barely a tenth-of-a-second – any competitive advantage can be crucial. For the past two seasons, cars carrying our product have won the championship. To be at the top, you need to do everything you can to gain that vital edge – and that is what Immico is helping teams to do.”





Image Credits: Jakob Ebrey Photography (action shots) / Immico (garage shots)

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