Bowler Nemesis Joins Spyker At CPP

Fresh from its takeover of Dutch supercar company Spyker, CPP Global Holdings Ltd, the specialist coachbuilder based in Coventry, has snapped up Bowler Off Road Limited.

The Derbyshire-based manufacturer of the Nemesis high-performance cross country racer was acquired for an undisclosed price in January, we learn from a new press release. (So yes, we missed the 'scoop' when we chatted to CPP boss Brendan O'Toole about his Spyker plans in Geneva...)

The road-going Bowler Nemesis...
The road-going Bowler Nemesis...
"This acquisition is extremely positive news for fans and customers of Bowler vehicles. I have followed the brand closely for several years and am delighted to have the opportunity to take the Bowler brand to new heights on the basis of very exciting plans," Brendan says in the press statement. "This development is another step in CPP's strategy to grow as a collection of complementary specialist automotive businesses."

Drew Bowler is managing director (and founder) of Bowler, and says this: "CPP will bring first-rate commercial and manufacturing expertise to our business, ensuring it meets the quality and integrity that our customers will expect. And there are dramatic plans for the business over the longer term."

...and the racer.
...and the racer.
Bowler was founded in 1999 and produces the Nemesis high performance off-road racer, based on current Land Rover technology, to meet the FIA T1 specification for the World Cup Cross Country Championship. Development and engineering will remain at Bowler's current facilities in Belper, Derbyshire, but production, including of the Nemesis EXR road-going variant from early 2012, will be transferred to CPP in Coventry.

Further plans will be announced in due course, they say. Intriguing stuff, and certainly good news from the point of view of anyone interested in an EXR road car. CPP has a peerless reputation for build quality and bespoke craftsmanship - which is why it's contracted to make cars like the One-77 for Aston Martin. We look forward to seeing where that new expertise takes Bowler.

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  • crmcatee 22 Mar 2011

    Sorry to bring this back up but I've only just seen it.

    That's great news for Bowler. I recognise that bottom picture for two reasons. Firstly I took it and secondly I must thank Drew for letting me drive that car across Dubai during rush hour. You'll be glad to know you can drive one barefooted because your flip flops are too big to fit between the pedals. Now that was a thrill !!!

    I look forward to seeing the outcome of the engineering marriage.

  • jagman21 15 Mar 2011

    My concern with the over expansion of cpp is that it is not historically a manufacturer, but a contractor in sheet metal works, it has done great work in area of superforming aluminium sheet metal for alot of manufacturers. It's has clearly successfully tapped the use of aluminium to lighten sports and luxury cars for performance and environmental reasons. It can also cOmmended for combining old world and new technologies, they still have people hammering out the wing mirrors on the spyker to a mirror finish, and they still dabble in classic car restoration, with craftsmen patiently wheeling panels, in the time honoured tradition.

    I hope they are successful, and are exactly the sort of innovative companies we need in the uk, I just hope the the company will survive with being steered a new business plan. I was quite happy with it behind the scenes work tbh.

  • nelly_h 15 Mar 2011

    Well I'm pleased with this tie-up.

    Now when my numbers come up on Friday I'll only need to visit a single company for my first 2 toys, leaving me more time to work on guzzling champagne wink

  • HowMuchLonger 15 Mar 2011

    p1doc said:
    all sounds promising-will they buy bristol as well...
    That would actually be a very good move.

  • p1doc 15 Mar 2011

    all sounds promising-will they buy bristol as well...

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