Born in Cambridge, Titan new Chief Engineer Graham Norden grew up with a fascination for aircraft and a desire to become a fighter pilot. Knowing this wasn’t a possibility due to his eyesight not being to the required standard, Graham turned to the next best thing; working on planes, and so he took an apprenticeship at Marshall’s Aerospace in Cambridge.
However, Graham soon realised that aerospace was too slow paced for him and, having successfully applied for a job advertised at Lola Cars, he joined Eric Broadley’s exciting race car business.
While at Lola, Graham rose through the ranks to design Group C sportscars, F3000 Formula cars, as well as several Formula One projects. By 1996, Graham held the position of Joint Chief Programme Manager for Lola’s Indycar Programme.
Making the decision to join renowned race car preparers RML, Graham went on to oversee a number of projects there as Chief Designer including the Primera Super Touring BTCC Car, F2 Rally Vauxhall Astra and the Saleen SR7 sportscar project. Following these projects, Graham took on the mantle of Chief Engineer and oversaw successful projects like the WTCC programme, various LMP2 24-hour Le Mans projects, in addition to a number of exciting programmes with Nissan, including the famous Nissan Juke R, Deltawing and ZEOD hybrid.
The move to Titan
When a new challenge presented itself in the shape of the role of Chief Engineer at Titan, Graham didn’t hesitate “I of course knew of Titan through my roles at Lola and RML” Graham explains. “They have an excellent reputation in the industry and so the prospect of joining them was very appealing”.
At Titan, Graham is responsible for all technical aspects, in particular the design team. “Titan already have a highly qualified design team in place and it is my job to push the technology behind Titan’s products even further. With this level of talent, we can really push to be at the leading edge of technological development, and offer this resource to our clients.”
“I have been really impressed with the level of expertise and the wealth of knowledge that the staff at Titan possess” Graham continues, “and in this role, I am closer to the manufacturing process than I have traditionally been used to and it is fascinating and very rewarding, especially when working with the team here; they really know their stuff and there is a great team spirit”.
When not embracing engineering challenges at work, Graham indulges in his other passion, water sports. Whether it is canoeing, kayaking, kite surfing or paddle-boarding, Graham can often be found tearing up the various waterways in the UK.