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HEAVY DUTY OX

Here’s an interesting proposed new kit. Meet the OX…

It’s the brainchild of Sir Torquil Norman of the Global Vehicle Trust who commissioned well-known designer Gordon Murray (he of McLaren F1 and iStream among much other illustrious stuff) to create a van that can be used in parts of the world where terrain makes access difficult.

GVT describes it as the ‘world’s first flat-pack van’ and although the word ‘kit’ isn’t mentioned the OX requires building (a 12-hour build is suggested) with a set of spanners and an Allen key.

A ladderframe chassis has extra rigidity via bonded-in wooden panels, while suspension is More >

KEEP UP! DON’T LOSE THE THREAD

This new metric and imperial thread checker from Gunson Tools (part number 77138) is an accurate and easy-to-use thread identifier specifically designed for wheels nuts, bolts and studs.

Each individual gauge features a male threaded stud on one end and a female threaded hole on the other. Especially useful for distinguishing between similar inch and metric threads, with metric sizes M12 x 1.25, M12 x 1.50, M12 x1.75, M14 x 1.50 and M14 x 2.0 and imperial sizes 7/16in x 20, 1/2in x 20 and 9/16in x 18.

Manufactured from aluminium, each gauge is anodised in an individual colour for easy identification. More >

POWER HIKE FROM ZENOS

Wymondham-based Zenos Cars has announced the availability of a power upgrade kit for its popular turbocharged E10 S model that take power up from the standard 250bhp to 280bhp, a significant increase over the standard model.

The kit also raises the peak torque figure to 30 lb/ft  – an increase of 15lb/ft – which is delivered over a wide range of engine speeds.

The upgrade kit for the best-selling variant of the Zenos E10 includes a new air intake, modified intercooler and revised ECU settings for the 2-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine. The ECU mapping was performed by experts Specialist Control Services, whose Delta range More >

IMPROVED BREATHING FOR BIKE ENGINES

Performance filtration specialist Pipercross, has created the perfect solution for anybody wishing to run a motorcycle engine on their kit, race or road car. Its extensive range of PX500 base plates and filters ensure a simple and effective fitment for many of the most popular Suzuki and Honda engines, allowing them to run a competition-spec Pipercross filter for optimum airflow.

The PX500 system is based around a smart aluminium baseplate, which is tailored for each application. Versions for the Honda Fireblade and Blackbird engines are available, as well as the Suzuki Hayabusa and both 1000 and 600 GSX-R powerplants. Blanking plates are also available for More >

SEE CLEAR AND SAFE

This new set of safety goggles with detachable face-shield from Laser Tools (part number 6514), is designed to meet ANSI standards and is manufactured from polycarbonate, for glass-like transparency, high strength, toughness and heat resistance.

The goggles are comfortable, with a vented frame to stop them steaming up and an easily-adjustable strap. The detachable face-shield makes this a very flexible combination and is lighter and less bulky than the normal type of product.

Comfortable, practical and with the exceptional impact strength of polycarbonate, it is designed for a long and useful life in the toughest workshop. Available now from your Laser Tools More >

PRESSING TIMES

There are jobs in the workshop where a press is the only safe means of inserting or disassembling a component – pressing metalastic bushes into leaf springs or parting an aged taper, for example.

This compact press from Rally Design is ideal for bench-mounting and includes a pressure gauge registering the tonnage being applied

It is available now priced at £160.68 inc VAT with more information from 01227 792 792 or www.rallydesign.co.uk ENDS. 

REFRESHED AND REVITALISED. BOB MARTINS WORK WONDERS…

Great British Sports Cars is pleased to announce that their NEW ATR PRODUCTS website is now ‘live’. Have a gander at www.atrproducts.co.uk, which features all the products that ATR currently manufacture.

The ATR dampers, throttle bodies and their new lockable fuel filler caps are just some of the popular products that are suitable for the GBS Zero range. A lot of the products can also be found on the Kit Spares website via www.kitspares.co.uk ENDS.

OFF THE SHELF MG PARTS FROM SYLVA

New from Sylva Sportscars is an exciting new development concerning their J17 model one of a growing number of MGF and MG TF-based kits.

Sylva boss, David MacBean has announced that they can supply an all ‘new parts’ package for J17 having concluded agreements with XPart for brand new ‘black box’ MGF parts and with Mazda gearbox specialists, Vitesse Global Ltd.

This is a very good arrangement that will make the diminutive and excellent J17 very attractive to many more potential customers. Based at Mallory Park circuit, both XPart and Vitesse Global are located in nearby Hinckley.

This, of course, will allow customers More >

EVENING ALL…

Great to hear that the ZCars marque is about to re-launch after closing in late 2015. Now re-located down south and under the control of erstwhile customer, David Rose, in Ashford, Kent. One of the modern day pioneers of fitting bike engines and Honda VTECs to Classic Minis they sold a lot of kits

Joining their core line-up of Mini conversions, Monte Carlo Mini and other bespoke components to suit Suzuki Hayabusa and Honda VTEC is a conversion package designed around the Fiat 500 with a preview now available on YouTube.

The good news is that ZCars’ founder, Chris Allanson will be assisting More >

IT’S FROTHY MAN!

New from ValetPRO is Foam Blaster, a compression sprayer designed to enhance snow foams and the like thus making washing your car easier and more efficient.

The canister holds around eight litres of water, which when full is enough to pre-wash/foam three cars the maker’s say. Because the Foam Blaster applies a more concentrated foam the cleaning power is better than traditional foam lance systems.

This is because traditional foam applicators apply the foam at a final dilution of up to 1:300 whereas the Foam blaster applies the foam at a dilution of between 1:15 to 1:25 which you have full control More >