EXPERTS at a Morpeth-based garage equipment supplier have found a solution to meet a niche requirement – to safely lift cars worth more than £130,000.
Gott Technical Services (GTS) was called in by Benfield Motor Group to help it create a vehicle lift that would support everything from the electric Nissan Leaf to the luxury Maserati Quattroporte.
The two family-run companies have been working together for more than 20 years, however this was the first time Gott’s bespoke installation service has had such expensive implications if anything was even one millimetre out of alignment.
Benfield’s Nissan and Maserati dealerships are home to a wide range of cars, all of which need to be serviced from the same workshop and by the same staff.
It required a selection of two and four-post equipment that would be able to lift any of the vehicles at the workshop. However each one had very different specifications and needed to be handled in different ways.
GTS director Ian Gott said: “The issue at hand was that sports cars such as the Nissan GTR and Maserati have very specific lifting points with zero margin for error, which even some of the best vehicle lifts on the market are not set up to comply with.
“After an on-site assessment, we decided that we wanted to use both the Rotary two and four-post lifts for the GTR and Maserati, but it became clear that some manufacturer-approved modifications would be required to make them capable of lifting these cars.
“With the two-post lift, the issue was being able to sweep the arms in under the car – they were too long and couldn’t get past the wheels and also once under would have not connected in the correct lifting point on the car.
“To get around this problem, we configured the standard specification of the lifting arms set-up, so that the arms can now be retracted to be as short as necessary for the sports cars.
“With the four-post lift, we eliminated the issue of the angle of the ramps by sinking the lift into the ground.
“This means sports cars can be driven straight on to a flat profile before being lifted, so the front diffuser doesn’t have to tackle any unwanted ramps.
“Obviously the first time you lift such expensive vehicles on a new lift you have to check and double check everything, however it was a great challenge and testament to our bespoke service offering to see it work successfully and safely.
“We’re proud to have worked with the region’s only Nissan GTR and Maserati dealership to provide them with reliable bespoke vehicle lifts.”
For more information about GTS’s services, telephone 01670 516816.