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Excited about this one. It’s the MST Mk1 – and Mk2 – Escort replica from Motorsport Tools and we have brought you development information on this in the past on totalkitcar.com – just search ‘motorsport tools’ in our onsite search engine.

Developed in association with Great British Sports Cars, the Gwynedd-based rally specialists have been catering for Escort enthusiasts for many years and amongst their parts inventory has lurked replacement panels for the Mk1 and Mk2 plus a veritable Smörgåsbord of other specific parts.

The good news is that the MST models will be available in road-spec so you will be able More >

NEW CHEVY SMALL-BLOCK

Although the majority of Chevy V8 announcements in recent years have centred around the LS and new LT series of engines, GM has just announced a new 350ci V8 crate package, which will sit just below LS and LT in its performance range.

The new 350 is based on the tried and tested L33 block and produces 265bhp and in Chevy’s iron-block line-up it sits below the 350/290, 350/350HO and ZZ6 350 packages. Parts World Performance sell a 290 crate for £2400 inc VAT in the UK, so expect it to be around that figure, although take a look at www.partsworldperformance.com ENDS.

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TORNADO HAS IT COVERED

Industry stalwart, Tornado Sports Cars, makers of the TS40 replica (now in its fortieth year) has unveiled a newly revised version of their Gurney Weslake replica valve covers for engines equipped with Ford 302ci valve covers.

Tornado boss Andrew Sheldon has revised the look of the fins for more visual accuracy and will now be supplied to the customer in a blasted aluminium finish. Priced at a very reasonable £300 inc VAT per pair.

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BLUETOOTH FOR TYRES

Ring Automotive has introduced Ring Connect app the new, ‘smart’ way for motorists to take control of their own vehicle safety and efficiency, putting an expert in their back pocket.

After conducting extensive global research over the course of a year with ten focus groups and more than 4000 hours of development, Ring Automotive recognised a significant shift in consumer behaviour, resulting in demand for instant access to useful and informative car maintenance advice.

The new app puts motorists firmly in the driving seat, as it instantly connects to a range of compatible Ring products and provides car maintenance updates and reminders, making it More >

ANOTHER BIG WRENCH

The NEW Clarke CIR18LIC is a powerful and stylish 18V compact ½” impact wrench with a comfortable handle, ideal for any tool-box.

The CIR18LIC features a brushless motor for increased long-term efficiency, three forward/reverse gears and a trio of LED worklights allowing high visibility when working.

Included with this model are two x 2.0Ah Samsung lithium-ion power packs, quick charger, belt clip and moulded carry case and is priced at £137.99 Inc. VAT. More from www.machinemart.co.uk ENDS.

NICE QUIET FLOORS

Boom Mat Tape has the same noise blocking and sound-damping qualities as DEI’s Boom Mat damping material. However, the tape is ideal for those hard-to-reach areas as well as for covering wire and cable harnesses running on or along the sides of floorpans.

Boom Mat Tape is a multi-purpose sound deadening material for use anywhere to help reduce road noise, sound system vibrations, rattles and plastic-to-plastic chafing sounds in the dash, door panels, floor pans and boot area – to name but a few.

The tape will also cover seams and gaps, patch leaks in a van, caravan, trailer and motor-home roofs More >

BURTON POWER ENGLISH LESSONS

The Ford English axle has been around since the days of the Ford Anglia 105E/123E and Ford Prefect 107E. It was also used in performance models such as the Lotus Cortina, Mexico, the Escort Twin Cam, the RS1600, RS1800, RS2000, the Lotus Elan and thousands of kitcars.

Despite these impressive credentials, there are areas where improvements can be made, and that’s exactly what Burton Power has done with its Lightweight Aluminium Alloy (heat-treated L169) Differential Housing – part number LSDDH1.

The Burton housing is a direct replacement for original cast iron item. It boasts a thicker flange for reduced distortion and comes More >

NO MORE MISFUELLING

Around 150,000 UK drivers of cars and vans put the wrong fuel into their tanks every year and this has prompted manufacturers to fit new cars with anti-misfuelling flaps, which act to stop the driver from putting the wrong type of fuel pump nozzle into the fuel tank. However, it can also make it difficult to get fuel into the tank in an emergency from a can, or even to put in fuel additives.

These two new fuel and additive funnels from Laser Tools (part numbers 8020 for the petrol version and 8021 for the diesel version) have been designed to More >

KEEP IT CLEAN

Damp, smoke, food debris … all three of these can have a negative effect on the smell of a car’s interior, which can prove a major challenge at resale.

The most effective cure is a deep clean, using Autoglym Professional’s Super Cleaner Sanitiser and Interior Cleaner, but for cars that don’t justify the time and investment involved in a full valet, Autoglym has launched a new trade-focused Spearmint Fogger. The atomised spearmint fragrance is crisp and clean, as well as long-lasting, mean it effectively hides any unpleasant whiffs.

The Royal Warranted car-care expert’s new Fogger requires just ten minutes to work, helping More >

COME FLY WITH ME

Revolving on the end of your crankshaft, the flywheel helps keep your engine efforts to a minimum every time you drive. Once it gains momentum it acts as a mechanical battery and the faster it spins, the more energy it will store.

If you have plans in place for a performance air-cooled engine build in the coming months, you’ll be keen to lighten this rotating mass to encourage engine revs and improve acceleration and performance.

Produced by SSP, their lightened flywheel is for 12v air-cooled cars with 200mm clutch and shaves more than two kilograms off the weight of a standard unit. More >