Braunton Engineering Team
Braunton Engineering exists to assist Porsche owners & enthusiasts ensure their vehicles are prepared to the Porsche factory standard, at a realistic price. Their ethos is that a well prepared car delivers both continued reliability and that unique Porsche driving experience. They are dedicated to Porsche sports cars, from owning and driving, through to delivering loving maintenance and repair.
The team offer the experience from regular testing on race tracks and the preparation & development that their cars, and their customer's track cars undergo. The cars have a variety of upgrades to ensure they remain reliable for the stresses that competitive track driving induces.
Their track experience includes many tracks across the U.K and further afield at Spa Francorchamps and the Nurburgring GP & Nordschleife tracks.
Attention to the tiniest of details and delivering the highest repair and servicing standards is the key ingredient to making reliable cars for track. These high standards are passed on to customer's road cars which visit the garage for routine servicing and repair.
Ashley spends many dedicated hours in the workshop but is always on hand to assist a new or regular customer.
Ashley is currently running a 964 Carrera 4, a Cayenne, a 911sc, and a track focused M3. He is the senior MOT tester and oversees the day to day running of the workshops. Ashley is an oracle of engineering know how – a naturally gifted mechanic with a steady hand and an ability to think outside the box… He undertakes the majority engine or gearbox rebuilds.
He is equally at home sorting through vehicle electrics/electronics, removing aged Porsche alarms and thatcham 1 & 2 alarms and immobilisers and tracker systems, fault-finding and occasionally performing routine servicing. He is a dedicated mechanic who enjoys the challenge of rectifying faults and making improvements to the cars that come through the workshop and very much a people person with a customer focused work ethic.
Dave has an artist’s gift with fabrication and welding and is the key restoration man.His restoration standard is very close to how these Porsches left Stuttgart but with extra strength for a long future – the website features some photos of Dave’s work on 911 chassis restoration - please have a look. Dave is another ‘Porschehead’ with aspirations of rebuilding a 911SC targa to its former glory and developing a 944 for the track.
Dave performs a vast amount of the repairs on the Porsche & supercars which come through the workshops. He possesses great patience with fiddly bits of trim etc and performs routine servicing, MOT repairs, fault-finding and repair including auto electics and also has the talent to rebuild engines and road test cars to find a fault or even the source of faint noise. Dave is a disciplined individual who prides himself on being precise and swift in all that he does, and has been with the team since 2001. If you were in a tight spot, you would want a Dave by your side (...if only to deliver humour at just the right moment!).
Matt is a technician with many talents - a skillful, highly co-ordinated mechanic who is straight talking and quick witted. He has a welcoming, social way with customers and deals with many of the 996 and 997 and Boxster servicing jobs. He is a valued member of the team and his humour and skills complement the other members.
Matt has a passion for all things fast, namely fast cars - he fits in well with the other members. He works closely with Dave and together they make a formidable team in the workshop.
This is Matt's second time around working at Braunton Engineering and having just completed 2 years with a VW main dealer. The variety of knowledge he brings back to the garage is a benefit as the team pride themselves on possessing a great depth of core skills and wide-ranging knowledge.
Chris' Braunton connection first started as a customer, when he moved to Devon from the South East.
His various Porsche projects demanded frequent visits to the garage and this developed into them working together. He now promotes Braunton Engineering's services to fellow Porsche enthusiasts online, at shows and in the magazines: 911 & Porsche World, Total 911, GT Porsche, Porsche Post.
He has spent many hours working on and driving his own sports cars over the past 32 years, and has owned many different Porsche's in that time. He has run a 928GT for the past ten years, along with the current projects; BMW M3.
Prior to working with Braunton Engineering, his job involved travelling the length and breadth of the UK. At that time he utilized a variety of reputable Porsche Specialists & AFN Main Dealer in the South East of England for maintenance and repair work - he has spent time on both sides of the counter.
The website demonstrates a great variety of Porsche models in many differing states of repair and rebuild over the last 17 years. This information is one of the most comprehensive online portfolios of Porsche repair work in the U.K. A portfolio which expands as each visiting car’s work is recorded on camera.
Porsche inspection at Braunton Engineering involves the visual scrutiny with a record of any possible work that is required for either immediate action, or future attention. The inspections are conducted on-site, on a ramp and offer a clear insight to a vehicle's current condition and any future expense.
Servicing work is conducted to the factory schedule (e.g. Boxster & 997: Minor service every two years, brake fluid change every two years, major service every four years), as well as menu style fixed prices (parts & labour) for the most common repairs. The technician utilizes the factory maintenance sheet of multi-point checks for each model, stating the renewal of the key serviceable parts and fluids.
As an example, the Braunton minor service includes replacement of items; Mobil oil, oil filter/s, air filter, pollen filter, using genuine filters. In addition, each service includes an analysis of the used engine oil and the oil filter to check for metallic particles - this scrutiny gives a good indication of engine & IMS bearing health - a very effective procedure if the oil & filter have been in service for thousands of miles.
Good service history documentation is the key ingredient to finding a vehicle's market value, and is an essential track record of how the vehicle has been previously maintained - correct servicing & maintenance by a reputable specialist is crucial to ensuring the vehicle is mechanically healthy and fit for purpose. A good history record gives a good indication of how the vehicle has been treated by its previous owners.
The facilities include three workshops with five vehicle lifts and an M.O.T. testing bay. These include; diagnostics, key coding, fault diagnosis, suspension replacement and four wheel geometry setting, air conditioning service & recharge, engine & gearbox rebuilding, rolling restoration, body shop (crash repair) and an alloy wheel straightening jig. Equipment includes a bead blasting cabinet, sand blasting cabinet, steam & pressure cleaning unit, cutting equipment and MIG welding for fabrication repair to the chassis and bodywork.
The workshops are equipped with the latest equipment to read on-board diagnostic (OBD) fault codes. The technicians use the Porsche (PET) parts catalogue which shows every available part for each model from the 1950 356 right through to 2017 models. Together with the workshop manuals and a wide ranging technical library, the garage includes specialist workshop machinery. An example of this is a Bridgeport milling machine which enables the manufacture of bespoke parts (especially useful with older cars where some parts are now obsolete).