What you would not necessarily associate the Westfield name with is a company that has 20 dealers worldwide, a brand portfolio covering three separate makes, and full EU-wide small-series type approval for its latest model. This is most emphatically not a company that lives in the shadow of Caterham, the formerly undisputed king of the Brit kit car manufacturers.
With so much going on at Westfield's unassuming factory near Dudley in the West Midlands, PH thought it was high time we made the trip to Kingswinford for a quick snoop around and to probe the boss with a few questions.
Julian Turner: I won't pretend that the UK-market sales are going brilliantly for us, but things are ticking over. The international market has really taken off, though. It's really difficult to sell kit cars in most European countries, but since we got EU type approval for the new Sport Turbo - as a full factory-built car - we've had 18 orders from France, 14 from Germany, and about 50 overall. And bear in mind that some of our European dealers don't even have demonstrators yet. All in all we're looking at sales of about 300 this year.
PH: Does your success with the factory-built cars mean that Westfield is moving away from its kit-car roots?
PH: What's happening with GTM?
JT: Well, sales are trickling along - one or two a month. That's fine by us for now, because we're not putting any effort into marketing the car. The product is just out there - in brochures and dealers - and it's paying its way. In the future, though, what we want to do is integrate more and more Westfield design elements and components into the GTM - rather like a kit car version of VW-group platform. Ultimately, we want to go down the same route as we have with the Sport Turbo and get EuSS type approval.
JT: That project is currently at a more embryonic stage. At the moment we're working on redesigning the Cobra rep's basic spaceframe chassis, strengthening and lightening it. Then we've got to decide what engines we're going to offer. Current favourites are a big V8 - probably GM-sourced - or the Vauxhall Corsa VXR's 1.6-litre turbo that we already use in the Sport Turbo.
PH: There's a lot of pressure at the moment on global car companies to be pursuing green technologies. Is that something Westfield is doing too?
PH: Finally, a question that I'm sure you're fed up of being asked: How do you see Caterham? Rivals or colleagues?
JT: Definitely colleagues. I'm not sure Caterham sees us that way, though...