YEP, IT’S GOLD

Possibly offering the absolute ultimate when it comes to under bonnet heat deflection is the latest addition to the Zircoflex® range – GOLD! It’s a protective covering just 0.17mm thick, with one side coated in ceramic to protect against conductive heat with the other in 24-Carat gold, which reflects radiating heat from an exhaust manifold, for example.

This isn’t an everyday affordable solution but it is a bit special. It costs £160 for an A3 sheet.

More information on the complete range of Zircoflex products and also the company’s superb Zircotec coating process, visit www.zircotec.com ENDS.

RIVETTING RIVETS

Laser Tools has just introduce a plastic pop riveter (part no: 5494) with cushioned grips for comfortable one-handed operation.

Plastic pop rivets are often used in applications that require lightweight solutions, have conductivity issues, require ease of installation or require removability. The Laser 5494 has a long reach head for accessibility and the design lets the head accept all the supplied sizes of rivet – there is no need to change the nose piece. 40 rivets are supplied in 4 sizes from 5mm to 6.6mm.

Useful for trim applications, a very robust and well-made tool that will be useful for both modern More >

IT’S ALWAYS A WRENCH

Leading mid-priced tool brand, Britool Expert, launches a range of ratcheting wrenches – each one capable of handling four different-sized fasteners.

Ratcheting wrenches are in common use today, and with good reason. These handy tools facilitate speedy turning of fasteners in the majority of situations and are particularly useful when working in tight spaces.

Britool Expert, however, believes there is always room for improvement. With this in mind, the brand has developed a new range which aims to help mechanics and technicians in two ways. Firstly, by saving time spent on the job, and secondly by reducing the number of tools needed More >

ARE YOU DOING THE RELAY?

Testing automotive relays can literally be a bit hit and miss, good connections and continuity do not always mean a serviceable component. This new diagnostic relay tester from Laser Tools (part no: 5562) quickly and accurately tests electro-mechanical relays on most modern cars.

Four and five-pin relays can be tested – sockets are included for the three most common relay types. The suspect relay is plugged in to the tester – the 12 colt power source from the vehicle cycles the relay ten times applying a signal to the relay coil while checking function of the internal contacts. The internal contacts More >

COOL TOY BOX

The MB197UC utility cart is a flexible, mobile tool storage station with a built-in stainless steel work surface, ideal for the busy workshop.

With dimensions measuring 915 x 1065 x 560 mm (36 x 18 x 39″) and featuring three full extension, recessed hemmed drawers with liners, aluminium pulls and a 100 per cent stainless steel work surface that slides open to reveal additional storage, this unit can easily accommodate all manner of tools. Storage space caters for tools up to 36” (914 mm) in length, such as pry bars, screwdrivers and extensions. The thoughtfully conceived design includes the handy addition More >

VITAL SIGNS

New manufacturer, Elite Motorsport Engineering, is busy preparing their new Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar, the Pulse, for launch in May.

There isn't an image of the forthcoming new Elite Pulse, so here's a shot of their existing Kawasaki ZX-10 Ninja-powered Delta model, to be going on with...

The intention was to unveil the car at Stoneleigh for the National Kit Car Motor Show, but this clashes with a 750 Motor Club meeting at Brands Hatch, and as the company plan to aim the Pulse at motorsport and trackday markets, at least initially, this is the preferred option for them.

The car has been developed More >

LASER TESTING

Testing automotive relays can literally be a bit hit and miss, good connections and continuity do not always mean a serviceable component. This new diagnostic relay tester from Laser Tools (part no: 5562) quickly and accurately tests electro-mechanical relays on most modern cars.

Four and five-pin relays can be tested – sockets are included for the three most common relay types. The suspect relay is plugged in to the tester – the 12 colt power source from the vehicle cycles the relay ten times applying a signal to the relay coil while checking function of the internal contacts. The internal contacts More >

AUSTIN POWERS?

The 51st National Rally of pre-war Austin 7 motor cars, organised by the 750 Motor Club, takes place in the wonderful setting of Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu Estate in Hampshire on Sunday July 7.

The Austin 7 was the first truly mass-produced British car and it changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary people by giving them the opportunity to buy an affordable motor car for the first time. Between 1922 and 1939 some 290,000 were built and about 8000 are thought to still be around.

Today, enthusiasm for owning an Austin 7 is as strong as ever and the rally More >

GETTING RAMPED UP

Leading mid-priced tool brand, Britool Expert, launches a range of ratcheting wrenches – each one capable of handling four different-sized fasteners.

Ratcheting wrenches are in common use today, and with good reason. These handy tools facilitate speedy turning of fasteners in the majority of situations and are particularly useful when working in tight spaces.

Britool Expert, however, believes there is always room for improvement. With this in mind, the brand has developed a new range which aims to help mechanics and technicians in two ways. Firstly, by saving time spent on the job, and secondly by reducing the number of tools needed More >

STAY DRY

After a wash-out in 201, the annual Bedfordshire Classic Motor Show roars back into the grounds of Woburn Abbey on Sunday and Monday May 5 & 6.

In contrast to the noise of engines and rasp of exhausts, the silent, mysterious, and ever-popular ‘Stig’ (a distant cousin of the famous ‘Top Gear’ Stig) will be lining up for photographs. Some say he been living all year with the deer on the Woburn Estate and sleeps at night hanging upside down in an old oak tree. All we know is that he will be there to raise money for ‘Hearing Dogs for More >