ALTERNATING CURRENT

The Powerlite range of lightweight alternators are designed to be a direct and easy to fit replacement for the alternator on your classic, kit or competition car. Conversion to single wire aids fitment and most classics and competition cars do not require multiple connections.

Powerlite alternators come in a range of sizes, weights and power options suitable for your needs. For example: A race or sprint application may require a lightweight alternator that draws as little current as possible to avoid sapping valuable horsepower.

A historic race car may be required by the regs. to carry an alternator even though it is More >

RACING WITH LUCAS OIL

Lucas Oil launches its new High Performance Racing Only Oils catalogue at the Autosport International Show, NEC (10-13 January 2013).

The full Lucas Oil Racing Only range now includes NINE different categories of lubricants; from High Performance Plus oils for Top Fuel and Top Alcohol engines, to break in oils, automatic transmission fluids, racing greases and racing gear oils.

Three different versions of the popular Racing Only 20W-50 are available (fully synthetic, semi synthetic and conventional) making the Lucas Oil range a first choice for racing teams across the track, road and off-road racing spectrum.

The Nine categories are:

·      Fully Synthetic High Performance Motor Oil

(SAE 0W-5, 0W-10, 0W-20, 0-W30, 10W30 and 20W-50)

·      Top Fuel & More >

ALL THOSE WASTED SPARKS

Wiltshire-based M-Tech Automotive has just launched their ignition-only standalone ECU that provides wasted-spark upgrades from traditional distributor-based systems to ignition management for carburettor converted engines that don’t feature distributors.

The Nodiz PRO unit, costs £298.80 inc VAT, and has built-in Bluetooth™ connectivity to the android platform with onboard coil drivers negating the need for separate EDIS modules. A digital dashboard with full tuning software is being developed.

More information from www.nodiz.co.uk or 01373 303 033 ENDS.

EASY CLUTCH ADJUSTMENT

With ever increasing engine performance and torque outputs, modern clutches have to be stronger but drivers do not want increased pedal pressure. The self-adjusting clutch (SAC) achieves this, with much increased clutch clamping force but low release force.

The design however, needs specialist service tools when removing or replacing the clutch components.

The Laser Self Adjusting Clutch compressor kit (part no: 4845) is a specialist set of tools for compressing the self-adjusting clutches on Audi, BMW, Fiat, Mercedes Benz, Renault, Vauxhall and Volvo models. It maintains true alignment with the drive bearing during installation, and the set includes clamping tools for three-hole More >

NEW MEV MEVSTER FROM THE MEVSTER MAN

Very much looking forward to sampling the new MEVSTER the latest product from the prolific pencil of Stuart Mills and Mills Extreme Vehicles.

New MEVSTER based on Mazda MX-5

Following his liking for the Mazda MX-5, the MEVSTER retains the donor’s running gear, using lots of it, thus offering an affordable build price and superb performance. With the MX-5 weighing a pie-swerving 985kg the MEV comes in at just 665kg and in addition to the engine and gearbox, it utilises standard suspension, steering, driveshafts and wiring loom plus a host of other, oft expensive, fiddly sundry items.

What is really cool is that More >

Extra Flexible XtraFlex

Leading silicone hose suppliers, Samcosport, has recently added a new product to their superb range in the form of XtraFlex, which is a three-ply polyester-reinforced silicone hose with a wire helix structure buried within the hose that gives amazing flexibility and performance and can withstand temperatures up to 180-degrees C (356-degrees F).

XtraFlex comes as standard in one metre straight lengths (others available on request) with a large selection of bore sizes from ¼in (XFL 6.5 – £27.94 inc VAT to 2in (XFL51 – £74.86 inc VAT0 and all points in-between.

Standard colour is blue, with optional red, bright green, yellow, purple, More >

MORE ILLUMINATING OPPORTUNITIES

Mac Tools has launched a new head-torch with a motion-sensor operated on/off switch and a new pen light with adjustable focus.

Limited light can be a problem for mechanics and technicians working in enclosed areas on vehicles and machinery as well as when working outdoors during the colder months. To help address this issue, Mac Tools offers two new lights: a robust, pocket-sized pen light and a  cleverly designed ‘headlamp’.

The headlamp (FL577) features a bright white LED rated to 100 lumens, which is designed to last for up 100,000 hours of continuous use. A low-profile anodised aluminium bezel provides maximum corrosion-resistance More >

ACADEMY PERFORMANCE

A place in next year’s Caterham Academy is up for grabs, as Pistonheads.com and The Performance Car Show backs the series and launches a unique competition for one reader to become a bona fide racing driver AND a motoring journalist for a year.

To be in with a chance of winning a place on the grid, simply buy a ticket to the Performance Car Show 2013 (January 10-13 at Birmingham’s NEC) and submit 150 words explaining why you should win, or describing a favourite car or race circuit at The PistonHeads.com Caterham Academy Competition.

Ten finalists, selected by Pistonheads, will then battle More >

KICK OUT THE JAMS

TomTom has introduced its new traffic information service HD Traffic 6.0 in the UK.  Avoiding traffic jams will be a lot easier, since this new service can detect traffic jams five times more accurately than previous versions.

The traffic information offered by TomTom HD Traffic 6.0 is fifteen times as accurate as the prevailing Traffic Message Channels (TMC) available through other navigators. Furthermore TomTom will also detect, in real-time, road blocks and road works – even if these haven’t been reported by official sources. Tests show that TomTom HD Traffic 6.0 recognises up to 65 per cent more blocked roads.

TomTom HD Traffic was More >

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL

Dodo Juice has just launched Total Wipe Out, a brand new all-purpose cleaner that joins the all-new 1-litre Pro Pack range, allowing professional detailers and multi-car families to stock up on the world’s finest car care products cost effectively.

Total Wipe Out is a colourless liquid that’s suitable for removing stains on carpets, cleaning wheel arches or degreasing engine bays. It is, in essence, a heavy-duty shampoo with some added solvent to help shift grime and grease with the minimum of fuss.

Applied by snow foam lance as a pre-wash, used neat for deep stains, or as a dilute mix ranging from More >