Dawson Auto Developments has been providing engineering excellence to motorsport clients since 1974. The brainchild of record-breaking rally driver and engineer Andy Dawson, DAD has helped countless motorsport brands to maximise their vehicles' potential. DAD is also the parent company of Abarth Racing UK, which has been preparing and supplying Abarth tuning parts to both road and racing drivers since 2010.



d.a.d fuel bowser

Designed and manufactured in conjunction with Aero Tec Laboratories, the D.A.D Refuelling Bowser offers teams an entirely new delivery and retrieval system. Engineered to FIA specifications and the highest safety ratings, the D.A.D refuelling bowser is also extremely cost effective.

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D.A.D Ltd has been servicing the amateur and professional motorsport industry since it was founded in 1974 by Chief Engineer Andy Dawson, who brings a unique approach to the process of automotive engineering.

Utilising Andy's unrivalled level of experience in both the race and rally environment, D.A.D has used this expertise to pioneer prototype projects and commercial manufacturing applications.

The freedoms of the seventies and eighties allowed engineers to design and build racing and rally cars unrestricted by tight homologation constraints. Today, we exist in a time of financial and resource economy and that has been the focus of D.A.D’s latest developments, the most recent of which is a vapour-free fuel bowser. Tested by race and rally teams in sprint and endurance, closed cockpit and open wheel sport, this bowser has been developed for one of the most famous names in current motorsport, Aero Tec Laboratories.


Just a few of the companies we have worked with


Some of D.A.D's standout achievements

  • Engineering and management for Team Datsun Europe 1977 - 1982, who took 2nd place in 1979, 1980 and 1981 World Manufacturer's Championship
  • Engineered wins for the 555 team in the 1985 and 1986 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally
  • Engineered Antonio Simoes' 1989 Formula 3 Alfa Romeo in the British Championship.
  • Engineered the Daihatsu Charade's 1990 win in the British Rally Championship.
  • The only motorsport outfit to prepare entries in rallying, Formula 3, Formula Ford and truck racing during the 1989 season.
  • Broke the 100mpg barrier in the 2012 MPG Marathon