Norma Auto Concept (or simply Norma) is a French sports car manufacturer, based in Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre (in the South-West of France), founded by Norbert Santos.
Created in 1985 as an association with around 20 enthusiasts, Norma designed its first car in 1983 (Norma M1); a car that Norbert Santos then tested himself, specially designed for racetracks and hill climbs.
In 1991, having designed 5 different models and enjoyed its first victories and titles, Norma took to the “professional” skies with the creation of a real trading company.
Set-up in a new workshop of 800m², Norma slowly gained a successful reputation during the 90s across all of Europe, both on the racetrack and in hill climbs, winning several championship titles, notably in France and Belgium. It is also during this period that Norma had its first shot at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Since 1999, Norma has been hitting the US road tracks, installing a permanent representative office in Florida and participating in the Rolex Car Series with its Norma M2000 range, including the 24 Hours of Daytona. Today, dozens of Norma cars can be found on the other side of the Atlantic.
The 2000s marked a significant turning point for the development of Norma with the launch of an ambitious CN FIA prototype, the M20; a winning move that today makes the Norma M20 one of the most widely produced prototypes in the world, with more than 400 copies manufactured worldwide.
In the same period, Norma also made the M200, a car that rigorously responded to ACO’s original LMP2 regulations and participated several times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Beyond the impressive success enjoyed by its M20 range all over the world with more than 70 national titles (24 of which were acquired in 2014 and 2015 alone!), Norma also took part in the extraordinary Pikes Peak adventure with the official Porsche driver, Romain Dumas, an event Norma won in 2014 and then again more recently in 2016 with its proto M20 RD 4W, a 650 cv, 650 kg four-wheel drive prototype.
Norma has therefore now been around for 30 years, delivering dozens of prototypes each year. Renowned by its peers for the exceptional quality of its cars, Norma has its own 3,600m² factory, allowing the company to roll out an ambitious development program.