Mike Tyrrell in the MRE Mk2 (No 44) at Brands Hatch.


In the early 1970s MRE (Motor Racing Enterprises) produced a number of quite successful F Ford cars and in 1973 they built a F3 chassis. Eventually in 1975 the company was taken over and evolved into Tiga who were to build F2 and sports cars.


Designed by Canadian Max Broxtrom the MRE Mk2 was based on a F Ford chassis and therefore retained a space frame chassis with a stressed steel undertray. Suspension at the front was a top radius arm and leading link with a wide-based triangular bottom wishbone. At the rear, a radius arm with top link and reversed A bracket and bottom link. Cast magnesium uprights were fitted and the rear brakes were inboard, a 10 gallon fuel tank was used. The car looked neat and tidy but a lack of development and poor engines meant the car never featured in the last season of 1600cc F3.


1973 Mike Tyrrell, Barrie Williams.

The MRE at its debut.