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Good to see things progressing with Birch Motorsport and their MG TF-based silhouette Mini kit.

Kit price has been set at £11,705 inc VAT and if you allow £500 for a half-decent donor you could be all-done for around £14,000.

A track version is being developed and due for launch later this year. The car is featured in the July/August issue of TKC Mag

More from 07399 114 442 ENDS.


The kitcar industry’s favourite brake pad suppliers, EBC has just announced a high-performance RP-1 race-spec pad. It’s an ultra-high-friction pad with a stainless steel back-plate and uses an NRS hook system for maximum pad retention ability and what’s more the pads are made in the UK.

EBC is also expanding their Apollo brake caliper range, with more fitments coming on-stream monthly – colours available are Stealth Black, Race Red, Luminous Yellow and Storm Shadow Blue.

For more information contact ENDS.


Great new kit for older kitcars from Better Car Lighting is this Easy-Fit Kit to flash all indicators in an accident or hard emergency stop situation.

This simple kit will work on any car with conventional or LED bulbs and on cars with or without hazard warning lights fitted. If the car experiences a hard impact or very hard braking it will flash the indicators all-round to make the situation highly visible to other road users. It also draws attention to the situation if someone hits your car while it is parked.

This easy fit kit requires just to components to mount More >


On an A-Series engine, the primary gear thrust washers are made in varying sizes to take up any play.

The standard gap size should be between 3-6 thou, but Mini Spares offers various shims (DAM6486-7-8-9-90-92) as alternatives which step up in two thou increments (which is the recommended tolerance).

Now Mini Spares has introduced a new thrust washer for the 1275cc crankshaft – part number DAM6492 – which is wider in width, to counteract wear. DAM6492 is 122-124in thick making it the thickest shim available in this range.

Retail price £29.40 inc VAT.

For more details contact Mini Spares on01707 607 700 or visit More >


There are numerous instances of threads getting damaged: whacking a track rod end with a hammer; cutting a bolt or threaded rod; whacking a driveshaft out of a hub – the threaded ends get torn and squashed. Wheel studs: they get damaged just by removing and refitting the wheels… Luckily there is a quick and easy solution from Laser Tools: The External Deburr & Chamfer Tool (part number 7510).

The tool is designed to be used with an electric drill and is fitted with a ¼in quick-chuck shaft, the maximum recommended speed is 400rpm. The tool is fitted with three super-hard More >


Summit Racing carries a nice selection of BorgWarner turbochargers including –

AirWerks Turbochargers

Developed from experience with GM Racing’s sport compact drag racing program, the AirWerks Turbochargers feature ‘S’ generation compressor wheels with extended tip technology.

This design feature promotes greater airflow by using a low mass/low-inertia wheel that performs like a wheel of greater size and mass. The extended tip technology allows faster spool-up at lower engine speeds while providing plenty of boost at the top end up to 70psi depending on the turbo and application.

Summit Racing offers BorgWarner AirWerks turbochargers in S200, S300, S400/SX400, S410, and S500/SX500 configurations.

EFR Turbochargers

The Engineered for More >


When working on a nice car, especially one that is put on display at shows or may even be a Concours entrant, avoiding damage to fasteners is crucial.

This new set of Non-Marring Spanners from Laser Tools claims not to cause any damage to plated, anodised or painted finishes, leaving them un-marked.

The kit includes a pry-bar for interior trim panels (how easy is it to ruin plastic trim), hub caps and headlight rings plus four double-ended spanners available in sizes – 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 3/8in, 7/16in and ½in. The pack comes in a sturdy case and wears part number More >


MGB owners (and kitcar owners using the later ‘B’ Series engine) can now enjoy the performance, reliability and ‘tunability’ of a single Weber DCOE carburettor or DCOE pattern throttle body.

The Webcon MGB Single DCOE Manifold is a single-piece casting that comes with threaded ports for sensors and/or brake vacuum take-off and mounting points for throttle linkage brackets.

The part can be ordered as part number MT0033R at £234.67 inc VAT.

Available from 01932 787 100 or via ENDS.


New from Ring Automotive are these new Xenon 5000 headlight bulbs. They have a bright, white light and match the LED colour of daytime running lights without HID or LED technology.

Modern vehicle lighting often incorporates very white LED DRLs and in addition to being strikingly bright, they run at a very high temperature.

As most modern cars have standard halogen lights headlight bulbs this can lead to a mis-matched look between white DRLs and the car’s headlights, which a yellow-tinted glow albeit running at much lower temperatures.

However, Ring’s latest performance headlight bulb, Xenon5000 is different. It emits a very bright, white More >


Another cool product from Merlin Motorsport is this Bosch Electric Water Pump.

It’s actually branded as a Davies, Craig item but is actually made by Bosch, this little water pump is ideal for fitting into the heater hoses of your cooling system.

If you are still using a conventional mechanical water pump, this pump can be used to boost the water flow around the engine and can then be left on after the engine is shut down to help prevent heat soak as the coolant temp can be known to creep up after the engine is shut down due to it not More >