Ronart Cars

May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 4, 2015

Ronart LogoBrief History About Ronart

Ronart Cars was founded in 1984 in England by Rona and Arthur Wolstenholme (the first 3 characters of their name being used to form Ronart). Although the company was founded in 1984, the idea for the company and its cars was first conceived in 1981.

The company started with building the W152, a track car based on Formula 1 racing cars from the 40’s and 50’s and shown at the 1985 International Classic Car Show, along with another prototype called the Alicat. Production of the W152 started in 1987.

In 1999 with a new business partner, the company designed and built the V8 Lightning, which was shown at the 1999 London Motor Show. Although there was much interest in the car and they took more than 20 orders at the show, only a small number was built, until in 2003 production ceased due to the new partners leaving to invest in another automotive company.

In 2003 the original owners with a Vanwall brand licence returned to building classic style race cars. However they also built the Lightning GT an updated and electric version of the V8 Lighting in 2008.

In 2013 the last Vanwall cars were produced and by 2015 the Ronart W152 were being built.

Ronart Lightning
V8 Lightning 1999-2003