Marc Amblard Profile:
Marc Amblard founded Octave Engineering in 1990.
In 2004 Marc Amblard and Octave Engineering are
an internationally acclaimed force in motorsport and engineering.
Marc first worked for Cosworth Engineering in Formula
1 engine development. He moved to the Ford World Rally Championship
Team in 1992.
He was to be engineer in charge of the development
of the Escort Cosworth GpA rally engine to meet the 1993 regulations.
During the '93 season Marc designed and developed the suspension
and chassis package for the gravel specification GpA Escort Cosworth.
The car won its first event. The following year Marc set up a development
team to produce and test new ideas. He developed and applied new
technology for suspension, transmission and engine control (incorporating
a new engine management system); as well as commissioning a data
acquisition system. All developments were adopted for world championship
1994 -95 saw Marc developing and marketing an engine
management system for turbocharged rally cars. He also took a leading
role with the Mitsubishi World Rally Championship Team. He became
responsible for the entire on-event engineering and car settings
for two championships, as well as test strategy and parts planning.
He won both challenges with Mitsubishi, helping
them in becoming Asia Pacific Rally Champions in 1995 and World
Rally Champions in 1996.
In 1997 Marc set up a team of engineers at Ford
and created the concepts for the engineering development of a new
transmission, suspension package, car layout, engine specification
and a new set of chassis electronics. Marc was overseeing all aspects
of the work from contract negotiation with suppliers to race-engineering
the final solutions. The team finished second in the World Championship
with twelve podium finishes.
In 1998 Marc developed a revolutionary four-wheel
drive transmission including the electro-hydraulic control of the
differentials. Three world championship teams have now adopted this
He was responsible for the performance engineering
on the turbo-charged ZETEC engine, selecting the turbocharger and
developing the engine control, inlet and exhaust systems; the engine
exceeded all performance targets for power, torque durability and
Forced by customer demand, Marc has now developed
one of the most exciting new vehicles in motorsport. An all-terrain
single-user off-road vehicle for sports and recreational use.
Hotbuggy Rally Kart offers a unique insight into
the performance available to the current leaders of the World Rally
Championship and it has been designed to be an affordable high-performance