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Cooper Tire Europe has announced its new ultra-high performance (UHP) tyre – the Cooper Zeon CS Sport. Designed with the true driving enthusiast in mind, the CS Sport offers better grip, comfort, fuel economy and a longer tread life than its predecessor, the Cooper Zeon 2XS.

The first Cooper product to be developed in conjunction with new performance brand ambassador, David Coulthard, the Cooper Zeon CS Sport is the brand’s new flagship high-performance tyre, benefiting from ‘Optinoise’ technology to ensure quieter running and greater comfort, even at high speeds.

Handling is crisp and precise, while new additions enhance steering response and lateral More >


On an ‘A’ Series engine the primary gear thrust-washers are made in varying sizes to take up any play. This type is for the 1275cc crankshaft only, which has a raised step for the primary gear to sit on.

The standard gap size should be between 3-6 thou, but Mini Spares offer various shims (DAM6486-7-8-9-90-92) as alternatives, which step up in two thou increments (which is the recommended tolerance).

Now Mini Spares has introduced another new thrust washer – part number DAM6492 – which is wider in width, to counteract wear. DAM6492 is 122-124in making it the thickest shim available in this More >


New to the Laser Tools range is this dead blow hammer (part number 5708), which is helpful in minimising damage to the struck surface and in controlling striking force with minimal rebound from the striking surface.

The heads (flat and ball-pein) are precision tempered alloy steel and absorb the impact of a strike and concentrates all of the energy of the blow in a focused point. The hammer weighs in at a useful 1kg (36oz) and is 330mm in length.

Available now at £57.31 inc VAT but remember to check your local supplier for the best prices and special offers.

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As part of its drive to offer the most complete catalogue of good quality, affordable tools possible, Britool Expert has now added a range of retractable knives to its range.

A must-have tool with countless uses, a retractable knife is an essential component of any tool kit. Britool Expert’s research demonstrated that precision, reliability and a solid, comfortable grip were the key criteria sought by customers when choosing such knives. These elements have, therefore, been at the heart of the new design.

Available in 9mm (E020301B) and 18mm (E020302B) versions, the new Britool Expert retractable knives feature sturdy and sharp breakable blades, More >


Vortex Automotive is celebrating after receiving build approval from the New Zealand authorities after a prolonged vehicle assessment phase. The first kit departs to its eager customer very soon.

In other news for the company, the first left-hand drive Vortex GTR will soon to be on the road in the Czech Republic and the company will also feature as the ‘hero’ car on a BBC TV CBBC programme ‘Celbrity Driving Academy’ due to air in early 2014.

The latest issue of tkc mag (Sept/Oct) features an update on the exciting all-new V2, which also be at next weekend’s Peter James Insurance totalkitcar LIVE at More >


Caterham Cars’ new entry-level Seven has been unveiled in prototype concept form at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ahead of the show, Caterham revealed more details about the variant of the iconic Seven that will provide an accessible new entry point to the current range with a target of €25,000.

The car will be called the Caterham Seven 165, a reference primarily to the confirmed 80hp produced by the 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki K6A engine after enhancements made by the Caterham Group’s engineering consultancy, Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI).

The number five at the end of the car’s moniker signifies that the vehicle More >


Former Caterham Cars sales director and good friend of tkc mag/totalkitcar, Andy Noble, has launched his new venture, Sevens and Classics Ltd. Andy takes up the story…”Sevens and Classics Limited was founded to provide our customers with a wide choice of quality Sevens and Classics, backed up by a professional, passionate and reliable service. Our aim is to exceed our customers’ expectations whenever possible, offering a relaxed and entertaining environment. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or just take a look around our busy showroom, you will always find a welcoming atmosphere at our Tonbridge location.

Not many understand the More >


Those innovative purveyors of handy and effective automotive products, Frost Automotive Restoration, has been at it again with another excellent new product, called Liquid Wrap.

It’s a flexible liquid coating applied in multiple coats that can be used wherever you choose to give a fresh, new look and a protective layer at the same time.

Designed to be sprayed-on and thinners aren’t required to give an air-brushed-type result. We used it on our Project OMG. At the rear of the car, just above the exhaust and visible through the rear venturi is an unsightly heatshield. Every time I looked at it, the More >


J-B Weld, America’s most famous range of bonds and adhesives for the automotive industry, is now available in the UK via Automotive Brands, perhaps best known for its innovative quick-fix head gasket repair system, Steel Seal.

“Whatever the repair, from fixing a leaking radiator to bodywork restoration – there is a J-B Weld product designed for it,” says Graham Hollis, Automotive Brands Sales Manager.

“It’s a remarkable brand and we’re proud to be the UK distributors,” he continued.

J-B Weld products offer an excellent temporary fix for a wide range of automotive problems such as leaking cooling systems or expansion tanks.

It is critical More >


Scholl Concepts NEO Polymer Protection is a 6-in-1 product – providing resistance to environmental fallout on virtually all vehicle surfaces including paintwork, glass, plastics, vinyl, rubber and chrome.

Its highly innovative polymer formula leaves treated surfaces with a semi-gloss and sealed finish that will last for many months. Applying NEO will refresh and revitalise weathered and faded surfaces and protect against atmospheric conditions.

NEO Polymer Protection can also be used under the bonnet and on suitable interior surfaces. It is bodyshop-friendly (hydrocarbon and silicone oil-free) and can even be applied to wet surfaces.

NEO can be applied by hand or by machine. For manual More >