THIS, JUST IN…

Effective immediately, leading high performance drivetrain specialist RT Quaife Engineering Ltd is delighted to announce the purchase of all tooling, designs and intellectual property relating to the Tran-X brand of transmission components from its parent company Auto Sport Engineering of Coventry.

As such, Quaife is now able to offer Tran-X’s existing trade and retail customers the vast majority of the firm’s current range ex-stock, including the popular Tran-X clutch plate limited slip differentials, close-ratio gearkits and Ford English/Atlas axle crown-wheel and pinion sets.

Quaife has transferred production capability for the Tran-X range to its Sevenoaks headquarters, where manufacturing of new Tran-X stock More >

‘FEN’ STREET GANG!

Among the exhibitors at Newark last weekend was KA experts and general Ford tuners and transplant specialists, Fenspeed, based in Peterborough.

Displayed on their stand, alongside a couple of their project cars, was a Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar that at first casual glance seemed to be a Locost, however, more in-depth inspection and a few questions to Gary Downes of Fenspeed revealed that Newark marked the launch of the Fenspeed Sprint, featuring a round-tube, TIG-welded and laser-cut spaceframe chassis, aluminium body and GRP nosecone and wings.

Although the prototype had a Ford Zetec engine installed, not surprising given the company’s specialisation, Gary revealed More >

SPEEDY SP

Caterham’s 300bhp SP/300.R took on allcomers and delivered the fastest lap for a car during the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, the annual show held in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, last weekend.

A collection of the world’s most expensive and fastest supercars, including models from Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and the Ariel Atom V8 500, competed head-to-head in various classes during the three day event, which also featured fully-fledged race cars and classic Formula 1 vehicles.

Caterham’s first new model in more than 15 years demonstrated just some of its potential by shattering the previous lap record of 62.68 set by More >

A KINGDOM FOR MY (TWO) HORSE(S) – think about it!

A company that keep a very low profile, but offers a superb product is Citroën 2CV-specialist operation, Alexander’s 2CV, run by Alexander Boynton, based in Bury St Edmunds.

For many years, Alexander has offered parts, repairs and servicing facilities for the 2CV, and in recent times has produced the 2CV Pick-Up, which as the name implies, offers added practicality to the iconic French car’s fabled ride quality.

The car is built on a lengthened, galvanised 2CV chassis with an extended wheelbase. The pick-up still retains its interconnecting suspension but up-rated springs and shock absorbers are added. The lower bulkhead, toe board, floors More >

GET A NEW ‘DISC-O’

It’s a tough job making a tax disc sexy, but Richbrook and their design team are back with a new take on a motoring essential, and it’s one that can make life even easier for the driver who wants style at an affordable price.

Never one to rest on their laurels, the Richbrook design team has created a cost-effective alternative to the all-conquering, classic Richbrook Tax Disc Holder, one which incorporates a stunning, laser-etched backing complete with manufacturer logo in addition to a new, rather trick magnetic release mechanism that simply and easily ‘pops off’ when your new tax disc is More >

WHEELY GOOD

It seems like the designers and product teams at Wheelwright haven’t been taking many holidays recently with a seemingly endless array of superb new wheel designs emanating from its Kent HQ. The latest offerings serve up ‘OEM+’ good looks, great size and fitment availability in two keenly priced packages.

Launched under the new DRC (Deutsche Räder Co) banner, the first design is an attractive twin five-spoke called the DMG. Available in the popular 5×112 PCD and in 8 x18in and 9x18in widths with a thinner rim size that comes in both 32mm and 45mm offsets, with the ability to ‘stagger’ a More >

TURN THAT TAP OFF!

This new tap and die set with ratchet handle (part no: 5457) will cut both internal and external threads ranging from M3 to M12. The ratchet handle fits comfortably into the palm of the hand and makes one-handed thread cutting possible when access is difficult.

Supplied with two tap chucks, one die holder and a 75mm extension bar, the taps and dies are manufactured from high carbon steel for strength. All the taps and dies are available as spare parts to ensure a lifetime of use.

The set comes with comprehensive instructions and is available now at a price of £112.52 but More >

NEWARK SHORT SHORTS

Newark short shorts? Shouldn’t that be ‘hot pants’ then?! Er, maybe not!

Here’s some other exhibits at Newark last weekend that stood out…

Loving the look of the still ‘in-progress’ STR from Lister Bell Automotive – Craig White is a skilled engineer and this is a serious piece of kit. www.listerbellautomotive.com

Another (Nottinghamshire-based) manufacturer, GREAT BRITISH SPORTSCARS, is selling plenty of kits at the moment and they had a fine display of their many wares, including this lovely ZERO, at Newark. www.greatbritishsportscars.co.uk

Loved the DNA Automotive stand, which featured this gorgeous, 5Scudo, model. www.dnaautomotive.com

MNR Ltd showed the new hardtop arrangement for their VortX range More >

NEWARK SHORTS 5…GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ITALY & JAPAN!

It was good to see Dave Jones at Newark with his recently re-acquired GTA Toyota MR2 body conversion kit, which looked pretty fine to these eyes.

We’ll have a feature on this soon, in the meantime, find out more about how Dave says you can build a GTA kit from around £6000 at www.davejoneskitcars.com or at the other end of 07855 549 112

NEWARK SHORTS 4…A FITTING TRIBUTE

Tribute Automotive brought not one but two examples of their new Mazda MX-5-based MX250 along to Newark last weekend.

The red car shown here is based on a Mk1 example of the iconic Japanese roadster, while Tribute boss, Chris Welch, also had a Mk2-donored version (albeit un-painted) on show outside. The pretty little body conversion seemed very popular all weekend.

More from www.tributeautomotive.com or by calling 07901 544 241 ENDS.