XANTHOS RIDES AGAIN

News of another kit re-launch this week, and coincidentally both from Liverpool, in the lithe shape of the Xanthos 23, a car that first appeared in the late nineties when under the control of Henry Twomes.

The car is a very close replica of the iconic Lotus 23 and is now back in production under the control of well-known historic racer, Kelvin Jones who has commissioned Arch Motors to produce nickel-bronze welded chassis for the FIA HTP (Historic Technical Passport) ‘Continuation’ certified versions although kit availability will remain in place via the Xanthos 23X.

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GET THE EDGE

The Ford Duratec engine is fast becoming a firm favourite for transplanting into classic Fords and kitcars, however in some applications there is an engine to frame clearance problem because the starter motor and solenoid are quite wide.

The new Edge Starter Motor for the Duratec engine is not only stronger and more powerful than the OE starter, it also has a much lower profile allowing it to mount much closer to the engine block and fit into much tighter spaces.

The Edge starter has a 1.4kw gear reduction motor and steel gears making it more reliable than other starters on the More >

SNAKE BENDER

Ever wanted to make-up your own brake or clutch lines or bend small diameter metal tubes?

Now, thanks to Viper Performance you can do it at home with this hand held small bore pipe bender. The handle is ergonomically designed to minimise repetitive strain on your hands when you have a whole car brake pipe set to make-up.

It’s tough and light, being made from 6063 billet alloy and the design allows for very tight bend radius, and you can reposition the pins supplied to make 180° bends as often used on clutch slave cylinders.

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MAN IT’S A GAZ

The original Lotus Seven has inspired so many look-alikes that it’s easy to overlook the genuine article.

There are still loads of original Sevens around and GAZ can provide uprated suspension for them. The dampers have integral spring platforms and adjustable bump and rebound rates that can be altered by means of an easily accessible knob on the side of the units.

GAZ can set the dampers up for general road use and they will also be suitable for occasional track slaloms and sprint use, or they can be set up for serious classic racing activities.

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AP RACING CLOCK UP 700

Last weekend’s dramatic Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, was a fitting venue for AP Racing to celebrate its 700th Formula 1 victory, as a supplier of racing clutches and brake components.

The result underlies AP Racing’s contribution to race car technology. For the last 40 years it has led the aggressive development of both racing clutch and brake technology. With 700 cumulative victories for brake and clutch systems, the result ranks AP Racing as one of the world’s leading motorsport component suppliers.

For the 2012 F1 season AP Racing supplies nine different designs of caliper, but the contrast More >

…AND THE AWARD GOES TO. FIND OUT NEXT WEEK!

With the ‘new’ Donington show taking place this weekend, tkc mag/totalkitcar will commemorate the event with a SPECIAL AWARD trophy to be presented over the weekend to an owner or manufacturer of particular merit in our estimation.

Rather than go the ‘Junior Darts Player 1996’ plastic trophy or something quite predictable I fell upon the perfect thing while clearing the shed out a few weeks back. For some reason I have acquired a collection of old hubcaps – in this case belonging to a thirties Vauxhall Big Six or Vanden Plas Princess.

A light-bulb went off in my head. Having recently visited ORA More >

COWPER – ALWAYS IN A RUSH! BIG RESPECT AS ALWAYS…

Pictured at Bedford Autodrome last Saturday - Duncan Cowper (left) with Vicky Butler-Henderson and Geoff Page and his amazing DAX Rush

That chap Duncan Cowper has been at it again. The diehard and fiendishly quick owner of a succession of superfast DAX RUSH delicacies over the years has been busy making attempts on the HOW FAST? events run by Motorsport Vision at their Bedford venue.

In a nutshell you sign-up, pay your fee (circa £100) and head off to Bedford Autodrome where your day culminates in an attempt at the lap record on their 1.8-mile WEST circuit.

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GET IT ALL – IN ONE

NEW from Britemax is ALL-IN-ONE MAX (AIO) a high tech, user-friendly all-in-one polish formulated for those that want a premium car care product that gives fast, impressive and reliable results.

ALL-IN-ONE MAX is blended using the latest scientifically engineered polymers and waxes and can be used as a one-step cleaner on lightly oxidized finishes or as a second-step on aged paint that had been pre-cleaned.

KEY ADVANTAGES:

  • Single product application
  • Apply by hand or machine
  • Restores dull paint and/or minor oxidation
  • Lightly cleans clear coats
  • Removes swirls and light oxidation
  • Fortified with polymers and Carnauba wax
  • Leaves a glossy and durable protective layer

RRP: £15.95 (473ml) or £69.96 (3.78-litres).

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COMPLETE WIRING RANGE ‘LOOMING’

Rapidfit Looms will be launching their new website very soon, which will allow customers to purchase a greater variety of wiring looms online.

All the looms offered will be in modular format and complete with fuse box and fuses, relays with all branches tubed and labelled, supplied with loom drawings and comprehensive build details.

The forthcoming range will be as follows –

Lotus Seven Style Looms

Wired for Sierra switchgear

Wired for Sierra switchgear plus fully wired ECU connection, relays and separate fuse box

Wired for MX5 switchgear

Wired for MX5 switchgear plus fully wired ECU connection, relays and separate fuse box

Standard dash wiring

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SNOW JOKE

Advanced Neutral Snow Foam is a brand new PH neutral formula that clings to your vehicle and cleans like an alkaline. According to Valet PRO it is ‘the best product they’ve ever made’, and that’s quite a statement from one of Europe’s fastest growing car care companies.

Advanced Neutral Snow Foam is a highly concentrated solution (1:30 pump sprayer, 1:300 foam lance attachment final dilution) that allows car enthusiasts with a lance attachment or garden sprayer to take their detailing game to the next level, producing a thick and clingy foam with supercharged cleaning power capable of removing bugs, tree sap, More >