V2 PROGRESS

Former Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover designer, Chris Greville-Smith, responsible for the Phantom racing car marque and Vortex GT-R kitcar is busy with his new model, the exciting V2.

Shown in chassis-form at last year’s National Kit Car Motor Show at Stoneleigh to gauge reaction and suitably encouraged, Chris has pressed on with building his first demonstrator and will reveal the completed V2 at this year’s Stoneleigh show.

The V2 features a spaceframe chassis, oval-tube upper wishbones, a carbon-look floor, a large stowage box within the nose area, a Monza-style filler cap and Ford power.

All will be revealed on stand 44 in More >

OOOH NICE!

Had a little envelope arrive the other day that had some simply glorious gold-coloured Jubilee Clips inside and they were a kind gift from regular reader, Gary Sell.

Further checking revealed that Gary is part of a Bristol-based family run company called ORA Technologies and the clips he’d sent me were a small sample of what they offer their clients, including some real blue chippers, in terms of plating expertise. Turns out the items he’d sent me were plated in 24K gold on stainless steel…

This all got me thinking about how cool these would look on a blinged-up engine bay, of More >

SAW POINT

The DSM20 is the latest in Dremel’s outstanding line of Versatile Tool Systems. This ultimate compact saw has a powerful 710-watt motor and makes cuts up to 20mm deep in the most common materials from wood to plastic, metal and tile.

The Dremel DSM20 will make short work of any maintenance or repair projects with its excellent line of sight and abrasive cutting wheels helping to achieve precise cuts. Powerful enough to cut through virtually any material and simple enough to be able to control with one hand, its compact size and ergonomic design make it easy to handle, easy to follow the More >

SEALING WAX

An innovative wheel sealant, which was previously only available to car detailers and specialists has now gone on sale to car enthusiasts directly.

Wheel Seal & Shine, the unique alloy wheel sealant developed by Midlands-based specialists Planet Polish, has been released for sale to consumers in response to an unprecedented increase in demand from car owners across the country.

The product uses a scientifically developed heat defence formula to coat alloys with a smooth, invisible barrier which repels brake dust and its contaminating effects, removing the need for damaging acid or solvent-based wheel cleaners.

Users simply apply Wheel Seal & Shine onto their More >

PERMANENT PERMANON

Critically acclaimed German coating manufacturer Permanon has launched in the UK, with its high-performance surface protection and cleaning products through UK distributor, Permanon UK.

Permanon, the revolutionary surface protection product manufactured in Germany, is used by the some of the world’s largest OEMs in the aviation, commercial vehicle, industrial and marine sectors.

The Permanon range of surface protection products is non-toxic, water based and bio-degradable. The advanced Permanon technology allows for rapid application of a transparent, highly durable UV resistant coating which is safe for all solid indoor and outdoor surfaces.

Dave Ashley, Head of Permanon UK commented:

“The technical innovation in Permanon products More >

DAY OF THE JACKAL?

Wolfrace, one of the UK’s best known alloy wheel brand, launches the hugely popular Eurosport Assassin in size 8x18in and 8½x20in and extends the colour finishes available.

The Assassin alloy wheel was launched into the Wolfrace Eurosport range approximately 12-months ago and has quickly become one of the Essex company’s most popular designs.

The size range of the Assassin has now been extended to include a new 8x18in and 8½x20in version.

The no-compromise approach to the manufacture of the wheel (and all Wolfrace wheels) means that the 8½x20in version is ‘weight-loaded’ and suitable for use on SUV and commercial vehicles.

Assassin in 8.0x18in and More >

CATERHAM, DARTFORD? NOW LEAFIELD…

Caterham Cars, now part of Tony Fernandes’ F1™ empire has announced that manufacturing of the iconic Seven will be moving to the former Arrows, TWR, Super Aguri HQ at Leafield, Oxfordshire…

When the late, Graham Nearn, took over manufacture of the Seven from Lotus in 1973, he based himself behind the petrol station facility that he owned in Town End, Caterham-on-the-Hill, Surrey, before production moved to a purpose built factory in Dartford, Kent in 1987.

The Seven and SP300.R will be made under the same roof as the operation’s GP2 cars, with the intention also to bring the F1™ and Caterham Technology More >

THE SKY AT NIGHT…

The first company to really grasp the potential of Chris Gibbs’ ‘Haynes Roadster’ book was Hartlepool-based, Saturn Sportscars, founded by Andy Hugill.

For a couple of years, Andy was kept very busy supplying book readers with a selection of parts to aid in their builds, from a bracket to a chassis to a GRP panel set right up to a standalone Saturn Roadster kit. He even developed a Mazda MX-5-based version, too.

Sadly, ill-health has meant that Andy has had to sell his business, although it hasn’t moved far. Next door, in fact! The Saturn project has been acquired by Nathan Smith More >

FILTERED

Filtration expert Pipercross has released a fully TOCA-approved filtration package that complies with the latest regulations while offering significant flow improvements over any previously sanctioned filter.

Hand-finished here in the UK, the BTCC homologated part features a double conical high-flow filter construction affixed to a full radius aluminium spinning. The lightweight outer housing is fully ceramic coated to help further reduce intake temperatures. Following feedback from race engineers, this outer housing is secured by over-centre clips, rather than bolts, to allow for rapid removal and cleaning between races, or during set-up and testing.

Thanks to its unique construction, the total filtration area More >

SPRING INTO ACTION

Suspension giant Eibach may be most commonly associated with high quality spring manufacture, but the firm also offers an extensive range of precision alignment components, allowing tuners and enthusiasts to create the ultimate all-around handling package.

Eibach’s alignment products cover a wide portfolio of vehicle types and the range encompasses almost every type of adjustment. From simple shims and camber bolts through to fully adjustable top mounts and suspension arms.

A wide variety of cars are covered in the catalogue, allowing owners to either correct their camber, caster and toe settings following the fitment of lowered suspension, or if preferred, create the More >