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CARBON FIBRE DOUBLE WHAMMY

Markus Zetterström has been appointed CEO of Sinonus, an offshoot of Chalmers Technical University and KTH, and part of Chalmers Ventures portfolio. At Sinonus, Markus Zetterström will be focusing on commercialising the groundbreaking technology of carbon fibre that doubles as battery electrodes, which the company is currently developing.

Sinonus has already demonstrated the potential of its technology by replacing AAA batteries in low-power products in its lab. The goal is to expand the technology to larger applications such as IoT devices, and eventually to drones, computers, larger vehicles, and even aeroplanes.

Carbon fibre is a strong and light construction material that can store energy electrochemically. Sinonus uses this multi-functionality More >

NEW ARRIVAL AT WESTFIELD – TIPO 184

Continuing with the electric kitcar theme this week, Great British Sports Cars has rolled out their new Zero EV and like their petrol-powered cars, a variety of packages will be available from starter kit through to turnkey car.

It can also be had in standard body or larger GT chassis guise.

Power comes from a Tesla Model S small block rear-wheel drive electric motor, a great choice as it has a combined motor, gearbox and inverter unit, which for our game is really beneficial, mainly due to space and packaging considerations.

The Zero EV has a 220kw motor which is the equivalent of More >

CRENDON TURNS THE ELECTRIC ON

A visit to Crendon Replicas in deepest Somerset is always a delight. I recently popped down the M4 to do a feature on one of their brilliant petrol-powered V8 CR427 Cobra replicas (it’ll be starring in the imminent July/August issue) but was fortunate to have a good look at their brand-new e-CR427 which is despite Crendon boss Anthony Hale’s modesty is a pioneering car.

It is also every bit as brilliant as the standard CR427. The car has been developed in conjunction with the customer, a university professor and we’ll be bringing you more on this one very soon.

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MAZDA MX-5-BASED LMR-141 FROM QUANTUM LOOKS LIKE A WINNER

Quantum Sports Cars unveiled the completed version of their brilliant new LMR-141 kit at Malvern, which like its sister, Replicar model is based on Mazda MX-5 donor parts.

If the public reaction was anything to go by at the show, this is going to be a huge success, especially when you consider that kit prices start at £7595 and as ever Quantum boss Rob Hancock is giving a variety of options.

The bodyshell of your LMR-141 can come with an opening bonnet and boot, can have doors or no doors and if you prefer can even have a flip front.

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IT’S GONE GLOBAL!

Great to see Ollie of Global GT Lights exhibiting at Malvern. It is one of the finest trackday-orientated cars that I have ever driven. A diminutive car that seems to shrink itself around you.

Two variants are available. The GT-R6, which uses the Yamaha R6 bike engine, which gives around 133bhp, equating to a power-to-weight ratio of 336bhp per tonne. The rangetopper is the barnstorming GT-R1, powered by Yamaha R1 (priced at £29,995 for the comprehensive kit requiring the bike parts) and producing a 180bhp whack in the back, while also delivering a stonking 450bhp per tonne!

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A STICKY SITUATION

Market leader in epoxy resins, adhesives and other specialist products, J-B Weld, has been at the forefront of bonding technology for more than fifty years and has become a staple in professionals’ toolkits.

When thinking of how to bond two parts together, many technicians may think of soldering or welding them, but, what if there’s an easier solution? J-B Weld has an impressive range of products that are suitable for technicians in a host of areas, including bumper repair, fuel tank repair and even a cracked windscreen. Whether it’s metal, plastic or on a high-temperature surface, J-B Weld has the solution.

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LASER GO UNDER COVER

Laser Tools, under their Laser Tools Racing brand, has just updated their non-slip wing cover (part number 8728). Originally released in 2023, this latest version showcases the new 2024 livery of the Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport’s BMW BTCC car and also commemorates the tenth anniversary of Laser Tools Racing.

This wing cover is designed to protect the paintwork of vehicles from accidental marking or scratching during maintenance and repair operations. The versatile nature of this product also makes it an ideal choice for use as a desk mat.

The wing cover features a rubber backing combined with a durable fabric facing, More >

CAR BUILDER SOLUTIONS WINS ‘EXCELLENCE’ AWARD FROM DYNAMAT

Matt Foreman (right) of Car Builder Solutions receives his Dynamat Dealer of the Year award

Congratulations to Car Builder Solutions who have received the Dynamat Dealer of the Year award, the leading sound-proofing brand’s Excellence Award. Car Builder has been recognised for their support and sales of this excellent range of products.

Car Builder bossman, Matt Foreman told me: “We are delighted to be recognised for our support of such a high-quality brand. We believe in providing our customers with the best possible Dynamat products for their classic car restorations and kitcar builds.

“Dynamat is undeniably one of the major players in sound-deadening More >

FILLINGS, FOAM AND MILLBOARD. ESTATE AGENTS? NO, NO, NO, NO!

Woolies Trim has a lot of products which are unseen but still very important to the look and feel of your car’s interior.

Take Millboard for example. They are used to make door cards. As you’d expect, Woolies do foams and wadding to put padding on the millboard before it is covered.

For seat bases, Woolies has rubberised horsehair and excellent-quality seating foam. Then using a combination of paddings for seating you may need calico, platform cloth or hessian to hold everything together.

Regardless, just get in touch with Woolies and they’ll help you out. More from www.woolies-trim.co.uk or 01778 347 347 ENDS.

IN THE KNOW

Know when someone opens your door or window with the Defender Ultra Slim Chime & Alarm. This neat little security device doubles as a welcoming chime or powerful security alarm when your window or door is opened.

 

This clever alarm uses a magnetic contact mechanism to welcome visitors or shock and deter intruders. It is UK Police accredited via the Secured by Design initiative and has been awarded the Sold Secure Gold standard by the Master Locksmith Association.

 

The device is super simple to install and use, with just 3 adjustable settings: Alarm, Chime or Off. The alarm sounds a loud 125dB siren once activated, deterring More >

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