OPEN UP AND SAY ‘R’

Caterham has added to its iconic range of Sevens, giving the acclaimed Supersport a steroid-induced brother, the 2-litre Supersport R, which packs 180bhp and track-bred dynamics.

Like the standard Supersport, the new edition has many circuit-orientated performance essentials, but gains a bigger engine and a five-speed gearbox to boost outright performance significantly.

Designed to sit immediately above its 1.6-litre sibling in the Seven range, the new adaptation’s 2-litre Ford Duratec engine has proven its durability and performance on the track, having been developed during three years in Caterham’s R300 race championship.

Competitively priced at £24,995 (incl tax) in self-build form or £27,995 fully-built, More >

ZERO LIGHTING

New from Great British Sportscars’ parts arm, Kit Spares are these daytime running light-style LED headlights (LTSHL01) 60.00 pair, which give a crystal halogen brightness and are a decent upgrade to existing lights and are now fitted as standard to all Great British Sportscars Zero kits.

The light features halogen H4 bulbs (not included) and have a lens made from scratch-resistant plastic giving a smooth, sharp appearance, and although they aren’t ‘E’ marked but are right hand drive MoT passable.

They cost £60 per pair and are available from www.greatbritishsportscars.co.uk or 01623 860 990 ENDS.

SPREADING JOY

Changing brake pads remains one of the most frequent operations performed during the life of a vehicle. As the pads wear down, caliper pistons remain extended and a tool is required to push them back in order to install new pads. Current tools on the market traditionally only work on one type of caliper.

To remedy this, Facom launches the DF.23 brake pad spreader, a single powerful tool suited for use with both fixed and floating calipers, meaning it can be used on sports and high performance cars. The clever design of the DF.23 prevents damage to pistons, hubs and calipers More >

NOW, THAT’S SLICK

Just in time for the AutoSport International show in January, Lucas Oil has improved the formulation of its rapid paintwork and surface enhancing polish, Slick Mist – and put it in a small handy-sized bottle so that it fits easily inside the glovebox of your car.

Slick Mist is the fast, handy and ideal way to enhance exterior and interior surfaces, including metal, plastic, glass, vinyl or chrome that has quickly generated significant demand from users in the vehicle detailing markets thanks to a high gloss finish and because it is silicone-free and safe to use on recently cured paintwork and More >

BIG JETS; LITTLE JETS

Experimenting with various carburettor jet sizes can rapidly become an expensive exercise and result in a lot of unused jets going to waste. Now, Webcon has released a complete Micro-drill set to enable tuners to determine the correct size of jet needed.

Having found the correct size of jet it will then be possible to order the appropriate one from Webcon without traditional, and often frustrating, trial and error guesswork.

The Webcon Carburettor Drill Set retails at £35.94 and can be ordered as part number 9801810000 via www.webcon.co.uk or from 01932 787 100 ENDS.

SPIKY PIPER CAM FOR SPITFIRE

It’s hard to believe but the Triumph Spitfire is 50 years old. It was first launched at the 1962 London Motor Show and to celebrate Piper Cams now has a full range of cams and components for the Spitfire as part of their Classic Cams range, which is particularly pertinent given its recent renaissance as a donor for kitcar use.

Piper’s ‘mild road’ profile is suitable for restoration and will also improve performance slightly. For more performance there is the ‘fast road’ profile, along with an ‘ultimate road’ profile for modified cars running ported and polished heads and throttle bodies or More >

NON-STICK ABILITY

America’s race to the moon and the development of manned space capsules created a massive challenge. Vehicles would be subjected to more punishment than any other mode of transportation in history. From the intense cold and ultraviolet radiation of space to the heat of re-entry and the expected corrosion caused after a saltwater splashdown, these vehicles had to withstand extremes never before experienced.

Nyalic®, a unique formulation, was developed using nylonic and several other polymeric resins. Used by the Apollo Space Programme inside the Apollo command module and on the Lunar Rover, it was a very durable yet flexible coating that More >

LIFT AND SEPARATE

The competitively-priced, mid-level, professional tool range offered by Stanley Black and Decker’s Britool Expert brand continues to grow with the addition of a ball joint separator kit for the automotive market.

The new E201100B ball joint separator kit contains three joint separators of different sizes: 23mm, 28mm and 34mm. This ensures that the majority of modern vehicle makes and models are covered, including commercials.

Conveniently housed in a sturdy carrying case, the separators are designed to facilitate easy separation of ball joints in-situ, when replacing track rod ends or control arms, for example.

Paul Woolley, UK Marketing Manager for Britool Expert, says: “Replacing More >

MINI ROLLER COASTER

The RHP roller-bearing is the workhorse of the Classic Mini’s gearbox and Mini Spares’ new replacement part supports the shaft where it transmits the power to the wheels. When this bearing goes, the mainshaft doesn’t function correctly and as a result can take out the rest of the box in a hurry.

It’s false economy to ignore this bearing when doing a rebuild and don’t take chances with a cheap imported replacement – always rely on a genuine RHP full cage bearing.

Fortunately Mini Spares can now supply these genuine RHP bearings from stock as part number AAU1365 at just £50.40 inc VAT More >

STIG OF THE DUMP?

Viper’s new dump valve has been designed for petrol-engined turbocharged cars and features a CNC-machined body made from solid billet 6061 aluminium, with a beautifully brushed finish.

The single-piston valve is fully pressure adjustable from 4 to 41 PSI and has a silicone seal inside for reliable long life use and a unique twin horn design. The horns can be removed if under-bonnet packaging is an issue.

The valve has a 25mm (1in) port, and comes complete with one-metre of vacuum tubing in the colour of the customer’s choice with a retail price of £75 inc VAT.

For more details, phone 08450 953 More >