DEAR SANTA, PLEASE CAN I HAVE…

We don’t normally cover motorcycles here at totalkitcar BUT I have a real passion for the glorious products of Laverda, Bimota, Aprilia, Benelli and particularly DUCATI and the Panigale is in my view BEAUTIFUL…so as it’s Christmas, here’s a nice piece on it.

For motorcycle enthusiasts, 2012 will undoubtedly go down in history as ‘the year of the Panigale’, the Italian manufacturer’s high-tech model generating massive interest since its first public appearance and opening a new chapter in the company’s long and successful history.

Ducati collected the “Best Bike of the Show” award for the Superbike 1199 Panigale as soon as the More >

NEW YEAR SALES

One of the most awaited promotions in the Sealey calendar…The Sealey New Year Sale 2013.

Over 600 bargain offers to be had, with up to 74 per cent off with products to suit all skill levels and all pockets.

Great socket sets starting from just £8.34, Combination Spanner Sets from just £35.94, Axle Stand Sets from just £26.34, Compressors starting at only £107.94 and Arc Welders starting at £113.94!

These and hundreds more great offers to look through and make a belated Christmas list or indeed, to spend your Christmas money on.  The perfect time of year to add to your toolkit, replace More >

TURN THAT LIGHT OUT

This neat little torch from Laser Tools (part no. 5480) uses a high output Cree bulb that consumes just 1w but is rated at a super bright 90 lumens. Thus it only needs one AA battery (supplied).

The alloy torch body lets the beam be focused from flood to a tight spotlight and also converts into a freestanding lantern.

Available now at a retail price of £19.40, but remember to check your local Laser Tools supplier for the best prices and special offers.

More details from www.lasertools.co.uk ENDS.

HANDY STORAGE

Britool Expert, a major force in the mid-price-point tools and accessories sector, has added a plastic toolbox to its expanding storage range. Available in two sizes (16in and 19in), the new toolbox offers a strong and flexible storage solution to mobile and maintenance engineers as well as mechanics.

With a load capacity of 8kg for the 16in model and 10kg for the 19in, the toolbox has been designed to carry a useful amount of tools while remaining portable. A handy feature is the inclusion of organiser modules which are housed in the lid. Ideal for storing small parts, the organisers can More >

WATCH YOUR SPEED CYCLOPS

Struggling to find the ideal present for the motorist in the family this Christmas? How about an app that will help protect your driving licence for months or even years to come. A UK company currently leads the way in speed camera alert technology.

Their technically advanced and inexpensive iPhone app, now available at an annual special Christmas subscription of £11.99 inc VAT, will help to provide peace of mind while driving by alerting drivers to the over 17,500 vehicle speed cameras of various types including all fixed, average, red light, variable, temporary and mobile zones now operating in the UK.

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NEW LAUNCH AT AUTOSPORT

Eagle-eyed readers may recognise the name of Pro Formance Metals. The Northamptonshire-based company put on a very impressive and professional display of their bread and butter wares at this year’s Stoneleigh show. Well, a lot has happened since…they’ll be hosting the launch of an exciting new car that will be available in kit form at the Autosport show at the NEC on January 10-13, just a year after the  seeds of the project were planted at last year’s show – the SIN 01. Designed to offer a similar level of performance to a GT sportscar, the vehicle is a joint More >

IS IT A BIRD, IS IT A PLANE? NO, IT’S A VERY NICE BODY CONVERSION

Turn an old MGF into...

De Havilland Motor Company is cracking along nicely with progress on their DVT GT and GTS body conversion kits, which are based rather refreshingly on MGF, a donor that is capable and well-built with a class-leading soft-top mechanism.

...into a De Havilland DVT GT

Suitable donors don’t cost much either and added to the De Havilland kit price of £4850 means that a low build cost can be achieved. Fully built examples will start at £23,750.

More information from www.dehavillandmotorcompany.co.uk or 07545 501 439 ENDS.

BACK TO BASICS

Marlin Cars has gone back to basics with the pricing for their 5EXI and Sportster kit packages, which means that you’ll be able to buy the kits for less outlay, and although you’ll less in the kit, it will allow you more scope to source certain parts yourself.

Marlin will however provide a list of preferred suppliers so you can deal direct with them or go your own way. Either way they estimate that a potential 30 per cent saving can be had, although they stress that their comprehensive ‘kit-in-a-box’ kits remain available.

More from www.marlinracing.co.uk or 01363 773 772 ENDS.

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VIPER MAKES YOU BREATHE MORE EASILY!

Viper’s new aluminium universal breather tanks combine a catch can and a breather outlet all in one.

The 550ml tank features a 1/8in NPT thread at the bottom connected to a drainage valve, which can easily be removed to use the NPT thread as a return, or remote drain.

The top of the tank has a single -12 ORB female port to suit all lines. A third port on the side of the tank serves as a connection to the breather filter of your choice. Viper universal breather tanks are available in mirror polished finish, or optional black and retail at£79.00 each More >

NEW FROM AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS

AP Racing will highlight some of its latest products, and celebrate its motorsport heritage, at the 2013 Autosport International show at the NEC, Birmingham in January.

New Radi-CAL™ GT Calipers Developed from the AP Racing’s experience in F1, the three new designs feature stiffer dome-backed titanium pistons, which reduce machining complexity.

The CP6083 is a six-piston, swing-bridge design machined from solid aluminium alloy, for general GT & GT3 use, and allows quick pad changes. The caliper offers an 11 per cent weight saving compared to the CP6080 design on which it’s based.

The CP6165 is a six-piston, aluminium alloy monobloc calliper, produced for More >