SMITHS Instruments Showcased at Goodwood Festival of Speed
As in previous years, the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed provided the perfect platform to track the history of SMITHS and Caerbont Automotive Instruments (CAI). From the earliest years of the 1900s, SMITHS designed and manufactured gauges for many cars that would go on to become classics.
Both classic and new cars, combustion and electric driven, all featuring SMITHS gauges were on show at the 2021 Goodwood including some of the most iconic cars on the planet.
The DB5 Junior from The Little Car Company and Aston Martin
50 years after the original launch of the DB5 in 1960, Aston Martin and The Little Car Company joined forces to develop a new concept in classic Aston Martin cars, producing a meticulously detailed and accurate two-thirds scale electric DB5. The DB5 Junior pays homage to the rich history of the car and the brand. Also, just like the original DB5, only 1,059 cars will be built. As in the original DB5, all the gauges are SMITHS, reimaged for the electric car by the CAI engineering team.
Read more > Aston Martin DB5 Junior Features SMITHS Instruments
Carroll Shelby’s AC Cobra sports cars have always featured SMITHS instruments in one of the most stunning dashboards of any classic car. Originally developed to race and beat the Corvette, the AC Cobra has become a much-loved classic.
Read more > UK and USA Collaboration Creates AC Cobra Sports Car
The classic Lotus Elan is widely regarded as one of the best sports cars from the 1960s. Fast and light, the Lotus Elan is renowned for exemplary handling. As with many early classic Lotus cars, the instrumentation was all supplied by SMITHS.
Read more > Classic Lotus Elan Corners The Sixties
Lotus Formula One Racing Car
In 1961 Team Lotus won their first Formula One race, the United States Grand Prix. This was the beginning of a great era for Lotus racing cars. Between 1963 and 1978, Team Lotus won the Constructors Championship 7 times and the Drivers’ Championship 6 times. During that time, the racing car gauges were designed and made by SMITHS as part of their motorsports range.
Singer Vehicle Design reimagined Porsche 911 DLS
The Porsche 911 is one of the most popular sports cars in the world. The Singer Vehicle Design reimaged version brings the 911 into the modern era without losing any of the classic style. CAI has worked closely with the team at Singer and the finished range of gauges includes a stunning gold-plated tachometer.
Read more > Singer Porsche 911 DLS Features SMITHS Gauges
The Jaguar XKSS was designed as a road-going version of the Le Mans-winning D-Type that was built between 1954 and 1956. In Automotive history, the XKSS is often regarded as the world's first supercar. Incredibly, only 16 examples of the original XKSS were built. Each featured SMITHS gauges, as do the none ‘new originals’ recently built by Jaguar Classic.
Read more > Smiths Gauges Appear in the Jaguar XKSS Dashboard
Meeting Car Enthusiasts
On their stand at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the CAI team displayed a range of gauges for classic cars including MG, Triumph, Jaguar, Mini and Aston Martin. CAI also launched a new range of gauges for two classic Porsche sports cars, the 356 and 911.
“It has been great to be back at Goodwood after the cancellation of the event in 2020,” said Gavin Roberts, CAI’s Managing Director. “The weather has been kind, with a great turnout of motoring enthusiasts. In the two years since the last Goodwood, we have developed new ranges of gauges for classic cars such as the Triumph Spitfire, and are thrilled to launch our new gauges for the classic Porsche 911 and 356. Also, the move towards vehicle electrification continues to gather pace and we are working on a wide range of electric car projects. Thank you to everyone who took time to visit us at the show.”
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Posted by Paul Fears on
22 July 2021 at 6:40 AM
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