Intensive training, years of experience in manufacturing high precision micrometers. comparators and other metrology instruments and a long family tradition in metal craftsmanship, are the assets brought by Angelo Mangiacavalli in the founding of "Officine Meccaniche Mangiacavalli".
Investment, skill and reputation soon yielded increasing contracts for development and production of high precision mechanical components ranging from specialized fuel injectors to titanium medical surgical implants. The passion for this work is inherited by his young son Claudio who obtained a degree,with highest honors, in mechanical engineering at the University of Milan,Italy. Soon the young engineer joined the family business and brought the "Mangiacavalli Industries" to a new level. "A.Mangiacavalli & C. s.n.c" is born.
The manufacturing, research and development, activities soon expanded to include specialized consultation and developmental studies in robotics and military specs applications. In the midst of these very specialized productions, Claudios passion for racing so present during his student years , is reignited and finds fruit in the commissioned study, development and production of the first MATHE Engine. It is 1979 and the following dates are merely the highlights specific to the R/C engine line.
1979 - A study to develop and possibly produce a 20-25 cc for an R/C airplane engine is commissioned to the Officine Meccaniche Mangiacavalli.
1980 – The first three prototypes, machined from "solid" (versus casting) and with a 25cc displacement are a reality. Major characteristics: cast iron cylinder, 4 transfer ports, Zimmermann valve and carburetor fead via a mechanical fuel pump.
1981 – First regular production engines are introduced on the market. Configuration: 25 cc glow, rotary disk valve, 4 ports, chromed piston sleeve.
1982 – The 25 cc. evolves reaching the 35 cc. displacement. Concurrently the first 50 cc. twin boxer is going into regular production. Innovative and particular to this motor is the use of the rotary valve.
1983 – The twin cylinder "boxer" grows to 70 cc. bringing the engine line to include a 25 cc. and a 35 cc in the single piston configuration and a 50 cc. and 70 cc. in the twins.
1984 – The love of "Angelo" for the multi-cylinders design brings to life what is the best and more powerful engine in the MATHE line: "the in-line twin".
Its construction reaches a new level of engineering sophistication with the use of a double rotary valve and the use of a single carburetor. The design is innovative in all aspects.
1985 – From the experience of the 35 cc glow the first marine version is developed with integral water cooling, magneto ignition and 14mm membrane carburetor.
1985 - Summer: from the very beginning the prototype marine engines set the standard in the European racing circuits and the production of the 35 cc. marine is immediately started.
1986 - MATHE is regularly on the podium at national and European championships. Studies on the 35cc marine powerplant will bring the development of the 30 cc. car for the 1/4 scale class.
1987 - MATHE is now the winning factor. Throughout Europe the 1/4 scale car races are dominated by the 30 cc. and the 35 marine overpowers the competition on all national and international races.
1988 - In compliance with the QSAC 1/4 scale car rules the first 23 cc. "car" is born. After the initial testing the 23 proves itself with outstanding performances in the most important USA races. Prompt local rules changes inhibit the apparent superiority of this engine in the US racing circuit.
Study begins for new ignition systems with variable advance and external electric battery.
1990 – The first electronic ignition is produced and now it equips the most advanced marine engines. - MATHE is istributed in Europe via a network of specialized distributors and soon the engine becomes known worldwide commanding rave reviews in the specialized press.
1991 – Sulla scia dei motori bicilindrici in linea per aereo, viene prodotto lo stesso il bicilindrico in versione marino, per l’utilizzo su scafi di oltre 2 metri.
The first gear-box is produced allowing marine hulls to use a twin counter-rotating shaft. The initial model with 1:1.35 ratio will later be joined by the 1:1 and 1:0.75.
1992 – Evolving from the first electronic ignition a new one is produced specific to the car engines. - The airplane engine line is augmented by the introduction of the gas models; ignition is provided by external capacitor-type unit.
1993 – In the continuing effort to maintain its position at the competitive edge of technology and to better serve the increasing demand from the world market Mangiacavalli Industries joins with Eli-Ka Technologies. It establishes a presence in the USA tapping into the latest of technological advances in microprocessor and computerized technology.
Off. Mecc. Mangiacavalli starts a new production in the medical sector, producing implants and surgical devices.
1994 - To date MATHE is the engine to beat “... almost at any cost. “
1995 - "Eli-Ka" becomes the official trademark of the Research and Development Department for the Racing Team.
1995 - Autumn: the first MATHE engine with 5 ports cylinder. The constant research and development of the engines leads to the creation of an engine with extremely sophisticated fluid dynamics that immediately stands out in all races in which it participates: the “95 Casa” is born.
1996 - From the CASA a new version is developed for the extra-European markets. The new evolution of the Casa is called Mathe 35 “Testarossa”, characterized by a Ferrari’s Red coloration of the head and cylinder assembly.
1997 - Starting from the experience of Casa and Testarossa, we developed a new two-cylinder in line (Linea TR) that uses the 5 ports configuration for each thermal unit (piston/cylinder).
2000 - The evolution of the engine class Casa, the Casa MM, now brings to such engines a new ignition inspired by the karting world that further improves the power and overall performance of these engines.
2003 - Maintaining the excellent characteristics of the thermal unit proven in the Casa and implementing a new flow-dynamic design in the case, new rotary valve, redesigned block we give birth to the "Corsa"
2004 - The line of engines can be now be equipped with new magneto flywheel ignitions, ultra-low weight but keeping power and high performance. This ignition will equip the new line of engines: Casa HS, Testarossa HS and the Corsa-M4.
2004 - Summer: ongoing research for performance and Officine Mangiacavalli & C. designs and manufactures in its entirety a new dynamometric test bench. It is now possible to test more efficiently the whole series of Mathe engines, both in present and future displacements up to 30 HP.
2007 - Relentless research for more performance brings to the radical change in the adopted ratios of bore-stroke that so successfully characterized all 35 cc Mathe engines. The new engines are aesthetically very similar to the Corsa that has been very successful for his performance and his proverbial ruggedness. The new “Beta” line spans from the 35cc to 40cc to the extreme 42cc.
2008 - To further increase the maximum performance, and especially to facilitate the installation of these motors in boats that require central exhaust systems, Mathe designs the Lampo 35 BETA; the engine is characterized by the cylinder with exhaust port in the crankshaft axis.
2011 - The third generation enters in the ranks of the Company and it is in the person of the grandson of its founder Angelo: “Luca Mangiacavalli”. Luca presence is the integral and determining force in the development of a new engine capable to compete at the maximum levels of the newly created class at European and World level: the 27cc.
2013 - Off. Mecc. Mangiacavalli & C. welcomes the formal entry of the third generation of the Family:
- Luca, the designer of the latest engines achieving a degree in mechanical engineering and extensive knowledge in computerized technological applications (CAD, CAM and FEM).
- Elisa, the graphics and stylist “soul of the company, now entering academic career in Materials and Nanotechnology Engineering.