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COOL EXHAUST MATE (I’ve already done the ‘It’s A Wrap’ one!)

DEI has been making exhaust wrap for more years than most of us care to remember, but their latest version comes with a bit of a twist – well, weave really.

The new wrap features a black carbon-fibre look to the weave, which makes it great for kitcars (and rods and motorbikes, too) where the exhaust is more prominent – or even just to enliven the look of your engine bay.

However, it’s more than just a pretty face. The new Titanium Exhaust Wrap is made from pulverised lava rock, stranded into a fibre material and then woven into a proprietary weave. More >

I’VE GOT AN APP FOR THAT

Royal-warranted car-care expert Autoglym has made weekend driveway-life even easier with the release of its cool new app for iPhone, Android and windows devices. Packed full of useful tips, product advice and all manner of interesting social features, this app is perfect for everyone who is passionate about their car, whether they’re a ‘quick wash on a Sunday’ type – or a detailing obsessive.

At the heart of the Autoglym app are dozens of ‘Pro-Tips’, written by the same top-tier experts that advise both the Royal household and Europe’s top race teams in their valeting ways. These quick videos show you More >

GO WITH THE (AERO)FLOW

Aeroflow’s ultra-lightweight flexible hose and billet big-bore fittings have been engineered for extreme racing conditions, where every gram counts and reliability is key.

Their Kryptalon Series hoses feature a Kevlar® braid and Teflon liner that has a convoluted outer and a smooth inner bore design, which eradicates boundary layer entrapment and minimises flow disruption thus providing performance you can count on.

Available in sizes -4AN through to -20AN and suitable for a large range of applications:

  • Fuels including E85 & E10 • Methanol • Oils • Lubricants • Coolant systems

The patented one-piece fitting design is extremely easy to assemble with an olive that sits on the More >

VOLKSROD CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS

Whisper it but could there be a renaissance in the beach buggy about to happen?! They’ve never really gone away of course but we’d definitely never seen anything like the 18-month period between 1970-71 when companies such as GP Speedshop and nearly every other manufacturer were selling buggy kits like pick and mix sweets.

I remember once being enthralled as GP co-founder, John Jobber once told me about those times and how they literally couldn’t produce GP Buggy bodies fast enough. He said that as one articulated lorry carrying supplies of gelcoat, glassfibre and resin had un-loaded another one was pulling More >

TAKE THE RIGHT LINE

Nuneaton-based Racing Lines is a new company that will have lots of products that will appeal to kit and specialist car enthusiasts.

The company aims to be a one-stop shop offering brake lines and fluid transfer methods and have an extensive range of Aeroquip hoses and fittings covering 200-Series, 400-Series, T9, R-Line and Supalite.

In addition, Racing Lines can also supply brakelines, Samco Hoses, ITG Induction products, oil cooler kits, Fuchs Silkolene lubricants and Bachler Racing products that include oil filler caps, breathers and dipsticks.

Racing Lines also supply an extensive – and growing – line-up of car-specific kits as well as offer More >

ONE STOP SHOP FOR GEARBOXES

New arrival on the specialist car aftermarket transmission scene is 2Spec Transmissions based in Warwickshire who design, manufacture and assemble gearboxes and drivelines.

They can design bespoke components from a blank sheet as well as produce items to fit within existing casings and their inventory caters for complete gearboxes, limited slip differentials and driveshafts and they can also supply solutions for the electric vehicle market.

Their aim according to co-founder, Chris Hughes (along with his brother, Paul) is to make kit and specialist car owners lives easier by being a one-stop shop for drivelines for their cars and 2Spec caters for all More >

SPECIALIST CAR SERVICES IN EAST YORKSHIRE

A small company from East Yorkshire aims to help kit and specialist car builders with a variety of services. Spunky’s Spanner Monkeys, run by Andy Graystone and based in Hull (Roos to be precise), can cater for electrical, mechanical and fabrication requirements.

This includes altering an existing wiring loom or creating a bespoke one, building or part-building a kitcar or producing an exhaust or a tank, with all points inbetween covered.

It’s not just kitcars either as they can work on all types of projects with motorbikes being a very active area for them.

More information from www.spunkysspannermonkeys.co.uk or 07707 926 586 ENDS.

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EURO 6 FOR ZETEC BLACKTOP

German company CCK-Kempten run by Gunther Schleyer has, for many years, tirelessly promoted kit and specialist cars in their homeland, working on hundreds of Caterhams, BAC Monos, Ariel Atoms and Zenos E10s. I always enjoy talking to Gunther and particularly hearing his views on literally every make of specialist car, such is the variety and volume that have passed through his showroom over the years.

Gunther also acts as agents for Westfield Sports Cars and sells secondhand examples of many other specialist marques such as classic Ginetta models.

CCK tell me that they have just achieved EURO 6 emissions compliance for the More >

ONE FOR YOUR TIN TOP

Don’t shout it too loudly, but apparently, Summer is just around the corner! This is great news for drivers as they get to enjoy longer, warmer nights and fabulous, sunny roadtrips. It’s not always great news for your air-conditioning, though. As you punch that snowflake button for the first time in months in a bid to keep the cabin cool, you’re often greeted by a most unpleasant smell…

You can blame it on the dog or the kids, of course, but there’s a very good chance that it’s actually coming from your air conditioning system itself. Having sat for a little More >

TF UPGRADE

Latest additions to the growing range of Powerflex polyurethane bushes are engine mount torque bushes for MG TF.

Similar in construction to the company’s firmer suspension bushes for the TF, the new mounts stiffen things up over the standard items and mean that the engine moves less as a result, which Powerflex says also results in improved gearchanges, something that TF’s can suffer from.

Priced at £26.94 inc VAT, the bushes come with a lifetime warranty and can be ordered via www.powerflex.co.uk or by calling 01895 460 033 ENDS.