was a manufacturer of single-seater racing cars
, founded by ex-Jack Brabham
associate Ron Tauranac
after he sold out his interest in Brabham
to Bernie Ecclestone
. Ron and his brother had built some specials in Australia
in the 1950s under the RALT name (standing for Ron and Austin Lewis Tauranac). Tauranac won the 1954 NSW Hillclimb Championship
in the RALT 500.
As a constructor, Tauranac acquired a reputation for building safe, simple, strong cars that were manufactured to very high standards -- he tended to invest his firm's profits in high-quality machine tools and Ralts acquired an enviable reputation as the best-built "customer" cars of their era.
The early Ralts
Built with the assistance of Ron's younger brother Austin Lewis in Australia. Mk1 Powered by a 1932 pushrod Norton ES2
. Ron made his own flywheel, rod, barrel and so on, until the engine was as special as the chassis. Mk2 A sports car built by and for Austin, with a Ford 10 engine, standard 10 gearbox, and Morris 8 rear axle. Mk3 Purchased from the Hooper brothers when they retired. Ron designed a new chassis for it, and the car was primarily driven by Austin. Mk4 Began as a special, using a Vincent-HRD 1,000 and a de Dion rear suspension. The car took two years to develop in Ron’s spare time. After just two events, somebody insisted on buying it, so plans were made for a production run of five replicas. Mk5 planned by Austin as a Peugeot-engined car, but abandoned so he could... Read More