With over 100 years as a global leader in the spark plug industry, Champion is a major player in motorsports that has been involved in the development of every engine type. And, as pioneers of performance-driven quality, Champion’s expertise has informed the design of a selection of the highest-quality spark plugs on the market.
Champion engineers and manufactures spark plugs using iridium and precious-metal technologies, as well as F.I.S.S-resistor and MLR™ technologies. Following the success of its spark plugs, Champion expanded its offerings to include maintenance products, such as filters, batteries and lights. Champion remains one of the most trusted, prestigious car part manufacturers in the world.
Champion has achieved over 400 Grand Prix victories and now supplies OE parts for 8 out of 10 new cars. Almost every racing team has specified Champion ignition products since 1950.
Champion Car Parts Timeline
1907: was established by Albert Champion and William Durant.
1908: celebrated the success of its spark plugs, which were specified for the immensely popular Ford ‘Tin Lizzie’.
1969: manufactured igniters for Concorde engines, which travelled at double the speed of sound.
1978: achieved victory when Didler Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud drove Renault Alpine A442s with Champion spark plugs to success at Le Mans.
1984: triumphed when Richard Noble drove a gold aero-engined Thrust 2 powered by Champion ignitors through the Black Rock desert. He became the fastest man on the planet.
1994: celebrated the selection of its windscreen wipers for the launch of the Eurostar from London to Paris.
2005-2006: prevailed when Fernando Alonso became the youngest ever Formula 1 victor in a V10 Renault sparked by Champion. He retained his Champion title for a second year, beating Schumacher and Ferrari.
2007: celebrated 100 years of business.
2010: won a significant Automotive News Pace Award for its Bayonet Connection System flat-blade wipers. The award celebrates innovative design and automotive technological development.
2013: relaunched their windscreen wiper range in Aerovantage and Easyvision, drawing on extensive OE research and experience. Champion also acquired the Chazelles-Sur-Lyon Research & Development centre and Production Plant.
2019: expanded its automotive portfolio nationally over recent years, providing filters, batteries and lights alongside iconic spark plugs.