Meet the Team
AUTO TORQUE TEAM
Auto Torque was founded by Chris Marshall during the winter of 2007, from humble beginnings in a small purpose built workshop at the family home. In the days before Auto Torque, Chris’ background included working for various race and rally teams worldwide after leaving university and gaining a degree in Motorsport Engineering. Chris noticed that there was a lack of high quality good value performance car servicing and tuning around the south east UK and decided to offer a service to fill that gap. The business started in small premises with a few customers a week and has now expanded to a purpose built workshop with regular and loyal customers. This is down to Chris and the team’s absolute commitment to high quality workmanship and providing a professional but personal service.
Chris enjoys track days and sprints in his Nissan R35 GTR and competing in his Mitsubishi Evolution VII. Other cars in his fleet include a Mitsubishi Evo III, Mitsubishi IV TME, Mitsubishi Evo V, and an MY17 Nissan R35 GTR.
As Service Manager, Paul Mabley manages Auto Torque’s operations. He deals with customers, providing advice and guidance and organising the work to meet and exceed their expectations. With suppliers, Paul is responsible for ensuring both adequate stock of routine service parts, and the sourcing of more exotic items from suppliers across the UK, Europe, USA and Japan, such as Akrapovich, Capristo, Bilstein, and even Nismo. He plans the Technicians’ work schedules, constantly adjusting plans and problem solving with technical staff at all levels.
Paul was previously a customer of Auto Torque, entrusting his RS6 with them. He had his own civil engineering company and explains many parallels with the processes used in the motor industry. A lifelong passion for cars, including Rallying, therefore lured him to his important role at Auto Torque. Paul enjoys developing the skills of both younger people and skilled technicians, through effective training, and he is a firm believer in apprenticeships. It’s clear he is particularly proud of his team.
Beyond the world of four wheels, Paul also enjoys two: Endurance cycling – ultra distance, 250 miles each day for 3 days, sleeping for 9 hours in total, and either riding or eating, or both. From Paris to Brest and back again, day and night, burning 35,000 calories. Paul revels in the sense of achievement, and the opportunity to absorb your surroundings – something you can’t do of course when driving fast on the same roads.
Paul lives in Wescott in Buckinghamshire, very near to Auto Torque, with his wife and two sons – one a fine dining chef and the other doing a vehicle restoration apprenticeship at a heritage skills academy. But thanks to Paul taking them all to watch that Rallying when the boys were young, they are all firm Petrolheads!
Accounts & HR
Nadine joined the Auto Torque team in 2018, following a career in various financial and HR positions at a worldwide automotive brand. Nadine is the go to person for any invoice or payment enquiry and is passionate about ensuring the Auto Torque team are looked after from a HR perspective. Nadine can be found in the office most days, along with the office dog, Meg.
Tom and Chris met in 2004 while working on Mitsubishi Evolution road and rally cars for a firm in the UK. They both then went on to travel with various race teams across the world and Tom returned to join Auto Torque on a part time basis from 2009. Working in the background and helping to develop new ideas for Auto Torque, Tom is also a co-director with Chris in the sister company ATP Cars.
When not at work, Tom can be found on track in his Renault Clio Cup or riding his bike around the lanes of Buckinghamshire.
Josh joined the AT team in 2017, moving from a local main dealer and looking for a new opportunity to grow his skill set. Having worked in all departments including service, engine building, diagnostics and upgrades Josh was the perfect addition to the strong team here in Westcott. Josh enjoys attending car shows in his pristine Toyota Celica project car.
Tomasz joined the Auto Torque team in 2018 after several years of running his own garage. Tomasz has excellent attention to detail and is systematic in his approach. Tomazsz has a great work ethic and has been an excellent addition to the Auto Torque team. Along with his passion for performance cars, Tomasz enjoys spending his time off with his young family.
Rainer joined the Auto Torque team in 2020
Having previously worked for a number of other performance car specialists, Fabian was taken on as a lead Technician, specialising in German marques, which – with the showcasing of our R8 V10+ Twin Turbo – is central to Auto Torque’s growth strategy. Fabian therefore takes responsibility for an increasing workload, across Audi (S, RS and R8), BMW M, and Mercedes AMG customers, including servicing, and upgrades such as performance exhausts, uprated suspension, and mapping.
Not surprisingly, his favourite manufacturer is VW; his favourite cars the Golf Mark 1, and the Mark 2 particularly with the 2 litre 16V engine. He owns a rather splendid VW Caddy with 230bhp, which is able to carry his mountain bike, or his KTM EXC450 when he participates in Enduro events in places like Wales. The KTM is a 450cc 4-stroke with a power to weight ratio of 485 bhp/Tonne; the same as a Ferrari 812 Superfast! His Caddy enables him, his passengers, and his bikes, to travel swiftly, stylishly and in comfort, thanks to it being lowered and fully carpeted.
Back to things mechanical, and Fabian’s admiration for German engineering – particularly the efforts put in to designing for reliability and longevity – are caveated with some sensible advice. His top tip is to urge us all to be mechanically sympathetic: make sure we warm up and down (which is so important to maintain the performance and life of turbochargers), don’t over rev or labour an engine, and of course, service it regularly.
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Ross is responsible for introducing Chris to cars at a young age, some twenty five years ago at the family home. Ross is our logistics operator and can be found on the roads of the UK carefully transporting all varieties of customers cars, that visit the Auto Torque workshop.
A committed grandad, Ross can be found on the sidelines supporting his Rugby mad grandson most weekends.