Lee Williams, Chief Engineer of Williams Racing Developments has a long history with Racecar Transmissions, at the age of 6 he was already performing ratio changes on his fathers Chevron B18 Hewland FT200 transmission, little did he then know the career path this would lead to.
At the age of 12 Lee started his own racing career in 100cc karts before moving up to 125cc shifter karts at the age of 16. This then lead to a two year stint in Formula Ford 1600 competing against names such as Jan Magnussen and Marc Goosens, scoring enough points in 1991 to take 6th place in the National Championship.
After the grim realization that he would never become World Champion the decision was made to attend University with the hope of someday landing a job designing racecars. Following graduation from Brunel University in 1997, with a 2:1 Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with Automotive Design, Lee started his first job with Westland Helicopters.
After 8 months at Westland the opportunity arose to move to the then Staffs Silent Gear Company, a leading producer of racing transaxles. Following a four-month period the new F1 team, British American Racing, was being formed and was in need of a transmission designer. Lee sent in his CV and was chosen from over 1500 applicants to be the new transmission designer as part of a two-man team. The next four years were pivotal in Lee's career, he was responsible for all areas of the transmission including internal layout, maincase design and oil pump and scavenge systems. During this time at B.A.R Lee also worked with Carlin Motorsport in the British Formula 3 championship and made some modifications to the cars gearbox that helped the team secure a championship 1-2 with Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson.
After BAR a brief spell at Jaguar Formula 1 followed before the move to the US was made and Williams Racing Developments was set up. The philosophy behind this company is to give back to club racing what was learned in the high tech world of Formula 1 and the tradition is already being established.
WRD prepared transaxles have secured pole positions and race wins in all categories entered and this shows no signs of stopping. A trackside support program is being established with many organizations, If you have a problem on Saturday, you 'WILLRACE' on Sunday. We aim to provide the best servicing at the right prices and we look forward to working and winning with you all in the future.