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KITCARS AROUND THE WORLD – RHUBARB ROADSTER (NEW ZEALAND)

I LIKE THE LOOK OF THIS ONE

Although the UK and USA are the real hot-beds of kitcar activity around the world, around thirty other countries have the semblance of a self-build car industry, some bigger than others.

Brazil has always been very active, while Australia has a fairly buoyant (albeit smaller than it used to be) industry, although their stringent ADR regulations have made things harder for DIY-ers.

Meanwhile, New Zealand, has always been known for classic car restoration and turnkey Jaguar replicas. They’ve also got an active kitcar industry – a long established one – with companies like Alternative Cars, Almac, Bolwell More >

RACE CAR WINGS SELL, ER, WINGS FOR RACECARS!

Cal Trump is a clever engineer and one of his activities is running T89 Designs, which markets plans-built track-orientated kitcars such as the single-seat SSL and Razorbill.

Cal also runs RaceCarWings, which as the name suggests sells er, wings for racecars. They are assembled and rolled by Cal and he offers stock parts or can produce bespoke items to order. A variety of standard wings are available including – Circuit (900mm wide x 355mm chord main plane, fitted with mounts, with Gurney flap and CF-end plates, priced at £450.

Then comes the Sprint wing – 1250mm wide x 355mm chord main plane More >

JET POWERED DRILL BITS?

Webcon has announced that its popular Jet Drill set has now been superseded by the new, more comprehensive and better value Tuner Drill Set. It features five of each of the following sized drills: 0.6mm, 0.7mm, 0.8mm, 0.9mm, 1.0mm, 1.1mm, 1.2mm, 1.3mm, 1.4mm, 1.5mm, 1.6mm, 1.8mm, 2.0mm, 2.1mm, 2.2mm, 2.3mm, 2.4mm, 2.5mm, 2.6mm, 2.8mm, 3.0mm and 3.2mm along with a new style, double-ended pin-vice.

The new kit is supplied in a handy, double-latched case and will be an essential purchase for the DIY enthusiast and professional tuner alike.

Part number 9802405000 is priced at £45.55 inc VAT.

Available now from 01932 787 100 More >

BURTON POWER NOW STOCKING HI-SPEC BILLET 4 CALIPERS

Burton Power is now stocking Hi-Spec Billet 4 brake calipers. These have been designed to directly replace M16 calipers which are fitted as standard to Escort Mk1/2 RS/Mexico, Escort Mk2, Capri 70- and Cortina Mk3/4/5 and a multitude of kitcars, thus providing an easy four-pot upgrade. Just like the original M16 caliper, they are single-piece with integral mounting lugs.

Two versions are available. BILLET4-S calipers are for cars with solid brake discs while BILLET4-V calipers are for vented disc-equipped cars.

The calipers are ideal for most road applications and heavier vehicles requiring an M16 upgrade. Billet 6082 T6 aluminium body and pistons More >

TURBOCHARGED UPGRADES

Since 2008, Precision Turbo and Engine customers have compiled over 119 world championships and set over 256 world records. That’s 375 good reasons to bolt a Precision Turbo hairdryer on your car. Summit Racing carries a full line of Precision Turbo turbochargers, including these:

Entry Level Turbochargers

Precision Turbo’s Entry Level turbochargers can feed engines making 385 up to 1,250 horsepower at the rear wheels without busting your budget. The Entry Level turbos feature MFS (Machined from Solid) billet aluminium compressor wheels.

Unlike a cast wheel, an MFS compressor wheel is machined with more aggressive blade designs to deliver more airflow. An MFS More >

IT’S MAGIC ON SCRATCHES

New packaging and a re-launch for T-Cut’s Scratch Magic product …

DURATEC MANIFOLD

Webcon has just introduced a new inlet manifold to allow a pair of Weber DCOE carburettors or DCOE-style throttle bodies to be installed on the Ford Duratec engine.

Webcon’s engineers designed the new manifold and CNC-manufactured it from billet aluminium to have a thickness of just 35mm from face to face; this makes it ideal for transverse engine installations such as the Lotus Elise Duratec transplant.

However, when used with Webcon’s 32mm manifold extenders, the depth jumps to 67mm making it equally perfect for rear wheel drive installations where a longer intake allows for greater mid-range torque.

MM5060 Manifold is available at £439.20 More >

A PINTO IS AN ENGINE; NOT JUST A BEAN!

Burton Power has announced that it is now producing its own Alloy Water Pump Pulleys for the SOHC Pinto engine.

The pulley retails at £48.00 inc. VAT each and can be ordered as part number FT320.

For further details contact 0208 554 2281 or www.burtonpower.com ENDS.

IT’S A WRENCH

Not every mechanic in Europe owns a full set of AN (DASH) sized wrenches; trying to make do with steel metric sizes invariably leads to damaged AN fittings.

AN lines are also frequently routed through hard-to-reach areas where a large spanner just can’t reach.

Aeroflow has solved both problems at once with the introduction of its Large Stubby Adjustable AN Wrench.

The wrench features a 4½in long ergonomic handle and fits sizes from -03AN up to -20AN. It is perfect for a highly confined space. The aluminium jaws are specifically designed for alloy end fitting and won’t round or damage them. It’s priced More >

USE THE RIGHT FASTENERS

When working on high-end, show-quality classic vehicles, kitcars or automotive displays, the fit and finish of the fasteners is just as important as the paint and bodywork.

For example, chrome-plated fasteners can be damaged easily, especially when using standard metal spanners and sockets. That’s why Laser Tools has introduced two specialist non-marring tool sets: the Non-Marring Socket Inserts set (part number 7463) and the Non-Marring Wrench and Pry Bar set (part number 7464).

Kitcars often feature fasteners that can be plated, anodised, chemically passivated or even painted. Lots of care and attention has been put into building and preparing these vehicles, so extra More >