WHO ARE WE? 

Steve Wills - Owner and Senior engineer

The company is run by Steve Wills. With over 25 years involvement in professional motorsports, Steve was Initially involved in Nissan's return to motorsport in Europe in the late '80s with the original Nissan Skyline HR31 Group A in the 1988 ETCC.

As well as the time in the ETCC of 1988, Steve was also involved in Nissan's entry into the Group C world Championship in 1989 and 1990, including building the engine and being responsible for the electronics systems on the car for Mark Blundell's sensational 1990 Le Mans pole winning effort, and the Daytona 24 Hours 2nd place finishing R390 Group C entry and Australian Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000 winning team in 1991. Spearheading the UK base for engine development for Nissan's entry into the World Rally Championship in late 1991 and 1992 and thereafter Selected European rallies in 1992 and 1993. Moving into the BTCC in 1994 and 1995 along with the new Formula 2 rally series, culminating in a British Championship success for Alistair McRae and David Senior in the 'Formula 2' Nissan Sunny GTi in 1995. Some images of all these vehicles can be seen below, together with in car video of the famous Le mans qualifying lap from 1990, which contains a short cameo appearance from Steve at the end of the lap!

Steve moved to MoTeC in 1996 to work at their newly opened European headquarters in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Over the next five years Steve helped to build the companies profile in Europe and worked on many high profile projects including BMW Le Mans project, Mitsubishi WRC cars, Schlesser Buggy Paris-Dakar success and the successful Chrysler-Viper GT project.. 

At the end of 2000 Steve saw the possibilities in the emerging renewable energy market and moved to Alternative Fuel Systems, who were about to develop hydrogen fuel cells for static power generation. Utilising the knowledge gained from his time in motorsport and combining this with new disciplines Steve developed control systems for the static Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generators. Successful trials in the US and UK prompted great things for the company, unfortunately the demise of the company supplying the raw fuel cell components caused the project to be halted and Steve moved on to develop an LPG management system for retro-fitting to production vehicles. This involved extensive engine management system development and testing to stringent Euro emissions standards.

In 2004 Steve started InControl Engineering with Phil Bourne, which continued for several years, into 2009 when, after numerous successful projects including the Ginetta G50 programme and several LM Prototypes, Steve joined Speedy-Sebah racing, which was to become the ultra successful Rebellion Racing, full time to become race engineer on the LMP1 Lola Aston Martin they had just acquired from Charouz. A successful year was concluded with the team close to a maiden win in the final race of the season, denied only by a late pit lane infringement. For 2010 the team would swap Aston Martin for Judd power and run two LMP1 prototypes for the first time. Steve was to be race engineer on the 13 entry for Andrea Belicchi and Jean-Christophe Boullion as well as overseeing the electronic and electrical installation for the cars. Successful seasons saw the team well up in the Le Mans Series, and the collaboration continued into 2011 but with a switch to Toyota power for the new LMP1 engine regulations. Again it was Steve's responsibility to marry the Toyota engine and electronics to the existing vehicle systems. A successful season saw the team win the Le Mans series LMP1 teams title and finish a very creditable 6th overall at Le Mans and first petrol powered entry. 

In 2012 Steve moved to Engine Developments to work on the new Lotus Indycar project, as a development engineer for engine systems. Unfortunately, many factors combined to consign the engine to the history books, whereupon Vehicle Performance Systems was formed.Here is one of our first projects in action. A 700HP Methanol fuelled Cosworth XD normally aspirated revving to 14,500 RPM with 24 injectors setting a new circuit record at Kames in Scotland.