A warm welcome to totalkitcar online

A warm welcome to totalkitcar online

A WARM welcome to totalkitcar online…….big announcement from Ford this week concerns the 1-litre EcoBoost engine.

It features cylinder deactivation that helps emissions and fuel savings enabling the mighty marvel to run as a twin-cylinder unit! When the engine’s ECU senses that full engine power isn’t needed the technology within can deactivate and re-engage cylinder one in an incredible 14-milliseconds.

MEV EXOCET - No real reason to run this photo except that I think it's a really nice image AND most importantly the Exocet was almost definitely the biggest volume-selling kit in the UK again in 2016...

MEV EXOCET – No real reason to run this photo except that I think it’s a really nice image AND most importantly the Exocet was almost definitely the biggest volume-selling kit in the UK again in 2016…


Ford is soon to introduce ‘cylinder deactivation’ for their marvellous three-pot EcoBoost 1-litre engine, meaning it’ll run as a twin when under light loads and while cruising.

Ford’s boffins reckon it could potentially save around 6 per cent in fuel economy and although ‘displacement-on-demand’ as it is also known has been around on V8s and multi-cylinder engines for some time, Ford say that this is a world-first on a triple.

EcoBoost 1-litre is available in three strengths – 80bhp, 100bhp and 125bhp and with it finding its way into a few kitcars, this new development will inevitably find its way into a few specialist cars, no doubt, once it’s been rolled out on production models although they haven’t announced yet, which Ford model will receive it first…

We’ve updated our TRACKDAY calendar to cover December 2016-February 2017 inclusive, so if you want to find out what’s on, when and where, CLICK HERE.

TKC Mag November/December 2016 is still available. Here’s just a flavour of what we have for you this issue…it’s another one jam-packed with good stuff…

Power Torque Engineering Ford EcoBoost 2.3-litre TESTED
Nitron Dampers A profile of one of the UK’s leading damper manufacturers
Turismo UK Avalanche GT a Boxster-based body conversion
3J Driveline A visit to Warwickshire and the home of one of the UK’s leading transmission specialists
Ford Coyote V8 What’s all the fuss about Ford’s new V8 range?
Rislone Petrol System Treatment Lots of talk about fuel additives, so we put one of the longest-established ones to the test
Jenvey Dynamics The launch of Jenvey’s new range of Heritage throttle bodies is pretty big news…
Dutton Surf Tim Dutton made over 8000 kitcars and he’s just clocked-up his 250th amphibious vehicle. We recently drove the latest Dutton Surf
Challenger E-type replica While on a visit to the secondhand specialist car gurus, totalheadturners, we spied this glorious Challenger E-type replica.
Morgan 4/4 80th Anniverary model Morgan 4/4 is now eighty-years old and still going strong. Here’s a roadtest of a very special ‘special’ edition
Industry Greats – BARRY STIMSON Revered kitcar designer, Barry Stimson looks back at some very wild times in the late sixties and early seventies…warning – this is hilarious.
RPS RPX Project Build Our build project gathers pace…
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OUT NOW from good – and no doubt bad – newsagents, mail order or the jolly old digital format if that’s how you like your reading material…



I’m a massive fan of the work of Nick Butler, arguably one of the finest hot rod builders the UK has produced.


Two examples of the work of the genius that is Nick Butler

Two examples of the work of the genius that is Nick Butler

His Andromeda (Model T) and Revenge (C-Cab) have gone down as two of the greatest rods ever built on these shores. Nick is such a talented designer (not just cars either) and builder and his attention to detail is second-to-none (Mr ‘none’ must be exceptionally good!).

In the late seventies Nick offered ‘replicas’ of his ‘greatest hits’ using Jaguar XJ6 running gear, a basic ladderframe chassis (£200) and GRP bodies (£140) and rolling chassis from £850. He probably sold eight Revenge recreations and about twelve Andromedas…I am a huge fan of the work of Mr Nick Butler.

SNIPPETS 1………Tickets are now on sale for Race Retro 2017, the International Historic Motorsport Show. Held between February 24-26 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, this is the must-attend pre-season event for classic motorsport enthusiasts.

Race Retro is one of the most diverse motorsport events on the calendar, comprising stunning displays, high octane live action, and – courtesy of HERO events – the opportunity for you to become a rally hero ad drive a classic car of your choice on a specially designed route within the grounds of Stoneleigh Park.

New for 2017 is the Motor Sport Hall of Fame; a whole hall dedicated to past and present inductees, also featuring the Motor Sport Live Stage with interviews and panel of racing heroes and industry experts.

Event Director Dan Nwaokolo, heading up the new organising team from Clarion Events, said: “We’re really excited about Race Retro for 2017. We hope to make the event even bigger and better than before, with something for everyone. We’re also excited to be able to let the public have their say as to who should be the next inductees into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame during 2017, as well as to having some Hall of Fame members and nominees at the show.”

Alongside the Hall of Fame, the Live Stage is set to bring more exciting high octane action to Stoneleigh. Group B and C cars such as the Peugeot 205 T16 and MG Metro 6R4 will join more traditional rally heroes including the Ford Escort and Mini Cooper on the specially created stage circuit.

If you have an itchy bidding finger you’re in luck too; Silverstone Auctions will be holding two auctions during the Race Retro weekend. The first, on Friday 24 February, is aimed toward competition cars. The second spans Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February and will feature classic cars, motorcycles and automobilia.

Adult tickets cost £20, when ordered in advance, with child tickets at £5, weekend passes at £34, and under-5s going free. For more information visit www.raceretro.com.

SNIPPETS 2………To help spread the cost of getting the tools and machinery you need, Machine Mart is now offering credit terms on purchases over £300, which can now be spread over 12, 18 or 24 months at 12.9 per cent APR. With over 18,000 products to choose from there is something for everyone!

Spend £300 at Machine Mart and you can get it on 'chuckie' or rather spread the payments on finance.

Spend £300 at Machine Mart and you can get it on ‘chuckie’ or rather spread the payments on finance.

For more information, just speak to an adviser at one of the company’s sixty-five superstores nationwide or visit the website www.machinemart.co.uk/finance.

SNIPPETS 3……..Not every day you see someone who has built their own Formula One car but that’s exactly what a chap called Kevin Thomas  has done, making it, I guess, the ultimate ‘special’ and I’ve always loved specials.


Kevin has rebuilt the last Caterham F1 car, the CT05, either by buying original parts where he could find them, such as at auctions, speaking to the right people, utilising 3D printing techniques, the odd part in skips and by fabricating stuff.

Sure he’s had to make the odd compromise such as by using a real world engine rather than an original Renault F1 unit (they don’t exactly grow on trees and cost a fortune to !) but he aims to have his labour of love running by next summer. You can read his remarkable story via his website www.caterhamf1.co.uk – brilliant.


Thanks for letting me know that you’ve been enjoying these fun little album tips. They are intended to bring you some great music – usually of a ‘crunchy’ guitar blues rock variety – that you may not have heard, while also being easy to find on Apple Music and the Android equivalent.

A good one this week, from the criminally-underrated rocker, Moon Martin. It was he that wrote the Robert Palmer hit, ‘Bad Case of Lovin’ You’ although his own version is arguably stronger. I’d urge you to check out this live set from 1993 that contains a succession of Martin’s very best rocking tunes like ‘Cadillac Walk’ (a hit for Willy DeVille), ‘Rock Bottom’, ‘Hot Nite In Dallas’ and the majestic ‘Rollin’ In My Rolls’. Sadly, there’s been no new music from Moon Martin since 1999’s ‘Louisiana Juke Box’, which is a real shame.


Thanks for the über positive feedback over this beer-orientated weekly item. It’s our weekly real ale recommendation as with over 1100 micro-breweries in the UK, cask beer drinkers are spoilt for choice. Let’s just point out that we definitely don’t condone drink/driving rather than enjoying a pint in moderation during your leisure time…

A Surrey beer this week. One that had travelled from the western-most tip (around Heathrow Airport) of our county to near our home in the east on the Kent border. Thames Side Brewery is based, as the name suggests, very close to the River Thames in Staines.

I’d recommend their Egyptian Goose India Pale Ale of 4.4% ABV – all their beers are named after birds found on the river – and it’s a pleasing and very quaffable ale brewed using fuggles and goldings hops (grown by the head brewer on site, no less!). Well worth seeking out. More from www.thamessidebrewery.co.uk.

Time for me to exit stage left, leaving you with a cheery wave and I hope to welcome you to these pages again next Friday (December 16) so have a great week and thank you sincerely for visiting. If you haven’t put the car away yet, there’s nothing quite like a bracing blast out in cold weather (‘exhilarating’ is the word that springs to mind!), but please do take care out on the roads.

See Ya…

Best Regards