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Westfield Sportscars are manufacturers o baith factory biggit an kit versions o several twa-seater, open tap sportscaurs. Thair main product line is a Lotus Seven inspired caur - vehicles oreeginally designed bi Colin Chapman wi ae the bare essentials for motorin in order tae gie the rawest an maist exhilaratin drivin experience.

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Whilst Caterham Cars bought the richts frae Lotus Cars, Chris Smith set up a rival company an manufactured kits wi vera seemilar stylin an construction. This led Caterham tae threaten litigation (based on Industrial design richts) in the late 1980s which wis eventually settled oot o court an resultit in Westfield improvin an changin the design o thair caurs. Whilst externally sharin a common leuk, Westfield an Caterham caurs are somewha different in construction. Westfield prefers tae employ the same gless feebre body method that Lotus haes tradeetionally uised for thair ither models sic as the Elise, Esprit, an Elan, rather than the aluminium uised bi Caterham.

Westfield haes an aa pioneered technical innovations sic as Independent rear suspension an a wider chassis, which ither manufacturers hae syne adoptit. The company haes recently introduced a version o its SEi kit that uises donor pairts frae the Mazda Mx5 Miata. This is generally cawed an SDV (Single Donor Vehicle) kit. Thare is an' a' an SDV kit that uises a Ford Sierra as a donor.

Accordin tae figures gien tae the magazine Tot Kit Car, Westfield produces aboot 450 SEi an XTR chassis each year.[1]

In the first series o BBC's Top Gear, a Westfield XTR2 driven bi the black Stig set a faster lap time than the reignin record haulder o that series, the Pagani Zonda.

In December 2006, Westfield became a pairt o Potenza Sports Cars Leemitit[2]. In December 2007, it wis annoonced that GTM Cars an aa became a pairt o Potenza Sports Cars.

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