POWER PACKED

To coincide with its 60th anniversary Manbat, the UK’s largest battery distributor, has launched the latest version of its battery catalogue for its popular Numax range.

The comprehensive publication is not just a catalogue, it’s a complete battery specification and application guide and also contains details of some of the other brands in the Manbat range. These include Odyssey, Optima and U.S. Battery, which alongside Numax will cater for virtually every battery application in the automotive, commercial vehicle, motorcycle, leisure, marine, industrial and mobility sectors.

The full-colour catalogue provides an easy-to-use reference tool and Manbat has applied its unrivalled battery knowledge to More >

NEW BODY

News from Steve ‘Sport’ Griffiths and Neil Sysun, who together make-up Veranti Motor Company is that they are essentially in a position to offer kits of the John Barlow-designed MR2-based body conversion.

The duo are also developing a new donor option, using the Toyota Celica that will be unveiled soon. You can be sure we’ll have more details on this one soon…

More information from www.veranti.co.uk or 01905 620 640 ENDS.

FENN STREET GA…OH, ALREADY USED THAT. OK, WHAT ABOUT…PLEASE SIR?

In addition to launching their new Sprint LSIS model at Newark kit car show in June, Peterborough-based Fenspeed now stock inlet manifolds that allow Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000 bike throttle bodies to be fitted to Ford Zetec and Duratec units.

They are machined from cast aluminium and the company recommends use of a Megasquirt ECU, which they can also supply for £290, although you can go your own way if you wish.

The manifolds cost £130 for the Duratec or £169 for the Zetec and you’ll also need to purloin a set of throttle bodies (secondhand will suffice) and a motorcycle brake More >

PRO LEATHER AND VINYL

As a bit of a keen detailer, I like products that do a specific job on my car and because this stuff really does work better than proprietary stuff, I’m always prepared to spend a bit extra on a quality product.

I apply the same logic to leather and vinyl care products. Some are just greasy and oily and don’t do anything for the trim it seems. A product that I discovered a while back and have used successfully since comes from ValetPro and is called Argus Leather and Vinyl Cream and was previously only available to professional detailers in a More >

OFF IN A FLASH

Formulated from a high concentration of pure, north Brazilian carnauba, natural luxury oils and the finest blend of ingredients, Muc-Off Über Wax changes the rules when it comes to deep gloss protection so be prepared for a show winning shine!

The only thing more amazing than the shine it gives your car is just how easy Über Wax is to use! Despite having such a high percentage of carnauba wax, Muc-Off Über Wax is almost effortless to apply and buffs off smoothly to reveal an unrivalled deep gloss and protective concours finish.

Über Wax is Muc-Off’s most technically advanced wax to date, More >

PURE MOBILE POWER

An inverter is an electrical device used to convert 12v DC power from a battery into 230v AC power just like you get from the normal mains supply.

New from Ring Automotive is a range of Pure Sine Wave inverters called PowerSource Pure. These inverters ensure electrical products run at their very best, removing issues linked with modified sine wave inverters, such as distortion to TVs, interference on audio devices and incompatibility with some appliance.

The PowerSource Pure inverters enable almost any electrical item to be run where there is no mains power on site by replicating the normal 230-volt mains supply.

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TAKE TWO BOTTLES INTO THE SHOWER?

New AIO (All-in-One) from Britemax is a high-tech, user-friendly polish formulated with the latest scientifically engineered polymers and waxes and can be used as a one-step cleaner or as a second-step on aged paint that has been pre-cleaned.

It can be applied by hand or by a machine application and lightly cleans clear coats, removes irritating swirl marks, light oxidation and leaves a glossy protective finish on the vehicle’s body.

I tried it on the totalkitcar BMW X5 workhorse that was badly in need of a clean-up and managed to get a really good easy-on;easy-off finish in ten minutes, between showers and More >

GIVE YOUR ENGINE A BOOST

The mantra of engine care guru STP, focused on maximising engine and fuel efficiency, takes on a new dimension with the launch of the latest generation Complete Fuel System Cleaner.

The most advanced fuel additive available is stronger, better and more efficient than its predecessor and is specially formulated to clean the entire fuel system, with the emphasis on all fuel delivery components and all combustion areas.

The maker’s say that by simply adding a 400ml bottle of STP Complete Fuel System Cleaner to a full tank of fuel every 4000 miles helps restore the vehicle’s fuel system to optimum operating condition More >

POWER-PACKED NEW PACKAGING

Since taking over responsibility for the Lucas brand in March 2009, Manbat has completely rebuilt its reputation for quality, reliability and value by putting together a range of batteries that deliver the performance the motorist requires, the confidence in the product that the technician is looking for and a profit margin the makes sense for both the factor and the workshop.

Now, in its most noticeable move to date, Manbat has made fundamental changes to the existing packaging. Core to the rebranding objective was to make the Lucas name and green colour scheme far more prominent than on the previous design, More >

TIRED BUT HAPPY

Popped along to AK Sportscars’ open house event last Sunday, held at their factory in Peterborough and was impressed with the turnout of owners, general enthusiasts and potential customers with a bank of AKs being used for test drives all day. Speaking to AK honcho, Jon Freeman, he told me that over 40 such demos were given on the day…

A good day was had by ALL – Here’s some photos from the event…