Revving at full throttle into the fast lane

The specialist automotive engineering consultancy Zytek is looking for more engineers to help it keep pace with its recent rapid growth. Managing director Steve Tremble said turnover doubled last year and the staff expanded by 20% after the company secured several large contracts with GM and the DaimlerChrysler subsidiary MCC Smart. ‘The only limit to […]

The specialist automotive engineering consultancy Zytek is looking for more engineers to help it keep pace with its recent rapid growth.

Managing director Steve Tremble said turnover doubled last year and the staff expanded by 20% after the company secured several large contracts with GM and the DaimlerChrysler subsidiary MCC Smart.

‘The only limit to our expansion has been the speed with which we can recruit new staff,’ said Tremble. ‘We need all types of engineers, especially those with calibration or embedded software experience, and those willing to work in a challenging and growing business environment.’

Three years ago Zytek had 100 staff at two facilities in the UK. Now there are more than 160 people in Sutton Coldfield, Repton and Canwell, and Atlanta and Detroit in the US.

Zytek was formed in 1982 to design and build electronic products for motorsport. In 1988 it was asked to develop an engine management system for the Jaguar XJ220 supercar. Since then it has diversified into high-performance road-car and specialist vehicle applications.

Zytek is now a group of five companies, which continues to grow thanks to its involvement in a variety of projects both in the UK and US. Earlier this year it formed a joint venture with Motorola, Motorola Zytek Technologies, to design advanced automotive electronic control systems for engines and powertrains exclusively for Motorola.

Zytek Automotive is working with GM on a powertrain for a hybrid diesel-electric truck. Engineers at Canwell, which is devoted exclusively to the GM project, are also developing the engine-management systems that will enable the vehicle to make a smooth transition from diesel to electric power.

The company is also responsible for the hybrid diesel electric powertrain in the electric Smart car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Meanwhile, Zytek Engineering, which designs and builds the Formula 3000 racing engine, is investing in a £5m extension to its Repton factory and work has begun on a 7,000sq m group technology centre at Fradley, West Midlands.

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