AMC CUB IS BACK!

Having passed IVA with flying colours in June this year, production of the AMC CUB, the Mini based open-topped fun car, has re-started.

The Cub was designed by Charles Andersen and built in Liverpool by his company between 1985 and 1997. It was, and is, an updated replacement for the Mini Moke, which was produced in England, Australia, finally Portugal until about 1989. Production of the Cub is now up and running again in Liverpool using all of the original jigs, fixtures and templates.

Available as either a two or four-seat model the Cub is based on original Rover Mini suspension, brakes More >

SEVEN SPEED QUAIFE

Quaife Engineering, the renowned automotive high performance transmission specialist, is delighted to announce the production launch of an in-line gearbox featuring seven forward gears – a first for the firm. Called the QBE89G, the seven-speed unit debuted in prototype form at the Autosport show in January 2012 and is now in full production, having passed its extensive bench and field-testing programme.

The innovative seven-speed layout fulfils market demands from specialist sportscar manufacturers and motorsport customers requiring an in-line sequential transmission with ultra close ratios. This format ideally suits the demands of front-engined, rear wheel drive cars running small capacity engines with More >

RED TOPS AND BROADSHEETS

Vauxhall’s C20XE ‘Red Top’ has been a popular choice of engine for two decades and was used in the Opel Kadette E, the Vauxhall/Opel Astra, the Vauxhall Calibra and Vectra – and even some Ladas!

Over the years it proved itself in motorsport and is still used for racing, trackdays and in kitcars and for transplants; an ‘XE installation in classic Fords being especially popular.

The C20XE is directly related to the turbocharged C20LET engine, which came with forged pistons. Anyone contemplating modifying an ‘XE should follow Vauxhall’s and do the same … and it just so happens that Cambridge Motorsports Parts More >

COSWORTH’S NEW ROLLER

Cosworth has used their extensive F1™ experience to design and produce a roller barrel throttle body assembly with an integrated manifold for the Ford Duratec HE engine.

This motorsport-inspired component provides complete control with unrestricted flow at full throttle to produce maximum power and performance from the engine.

The body is cast from heat-treated aluminium and features CNC-machined barrels supported by sealed bearings and is designed to be used with Cosworth’s own carbon fibre airbox and free-flow air filter element (available separately).

The assembly is suitable for fitment to standard or race cylinder heads and comes complete with a fitting kit.

Order as KK3563 More >

NO TIME FOR A MINI LAY DOWN

When faced with the rigours of competition the standard Mini layshaft would flex and often result in the breakage of the bearings causing it to seize.

Mini Spares’ C-22A1731 layshaft is produced in an upgraded material – EN36 – and heat-treated to the correct core depth.

They are a must in any straight cut gearbox or helical type where the engine has been

Tuned and are accrding to Mini Spares, the only part of their type currently available.

They are for three synchromesh Mini gearboxes only and retail at £29.70 inc VAT (part number C-22A1731) with more drtails from www.minispares.com or at the other end of More >

BLOW HARDER

Viper Performance has just released a silicone articulated bellows hose specially designed for areas of heavy vibration, where there is a high level of lateral and compression movement within the engine bay, which could cause other hoses to stress and split quickly.

In these situations the quadruple centre hump convolutions act as a bellow and offers excellent flexibility and vibration absorption.

The bellows section is reinforced with five steel rings to prevent the hose from ‘ballooning’ under boost or pressure, keeping the shape and integrity under any condition. This makes the hose ideal for connecting a charge cooler or intercooler.

The hose is More >

DICKIE DIRT – DICKIES 2012 CATALOGUE OUT NOW

The new Dickies 2012 catalogue, with almost 200-pages, is packed with the latest clothing and product ranges as well as some old favourites for on-the-job comfort, protection and functionality – all underpinned by 90-years of experience.

Employing the latest developments in fabric technology and manufacturing techniques, Dickies high performance workwear is suited for even the harshest working environments.

Quality workwear in both traditional and modern styles that delivers performance, comfort and protection at affordable prices.

View and download the full Dickies Catalogue for the 2012 range using the new catalogue viewer www.dickiesworkwear.com ENDS.

CHOKER!

Carburettor equipped cars with early automatic chokes can often give rise to problems, and

manoeuvres like pulling out onto a fast road can be a bit of game of chance if the engine hasn’t reached operating temperature.

If you long for the simpler technology of a manual choke, Webcon might have the answer, for you.

Their Manual Choke Conversion Kits will convert a Weber DGAV, DFAV or DGAS carburettor back to manual operation choke, and contains a replacement housing, water pipe connections, the choke cable and pull knob plus all the brackets and clips required.

Illustrated instructions give clear and precise information on how More >

THE ‘NEW’ RON-RON

The wonderful Ronart W152 kit is now a marvellous 25-years old and the Jaguar-based leviathan remains as popular as ever.

From launch, it’s been powered by either XK straight six engine in 3.8-litre or 4.2-litre forms or of course, the glorious XJ12 twelve-cylinder, both of which give a great soundtrack and spirited performance. A recent drive reminded of why I liked the car in the first place…the car stokes up images of classic BRM, Vanwall and Mercedes Silver Arrows GP cars of yesteryear.

News from the Peterborough-based company this week concerns the availability of a new engine option. Customers can now fit More >

KEEP COOL

If you want to fit an aftermarket intercooler or are thinking about upgrading the existing pipework to high quality parts, Viper performance have just the thing for you. They are now offering a Universal Intercooler Piping Bundle.

The hoses are made from high quality silicone with a liner plus four-plies of reinforcement and also carry a warranty for added peace of mind. The aluminium pipes are made from 6063 T6 aluminium, which has been hand polished to a mirror finish. 6063 T6 aluminium is relatively easy to weld should modifications be needed, while all the pipes are roll-beaded to aid hose More >