NO, I WON’T STOOP TO ‘KNOB’ PUNS…

MOMO has announced the addition of a new gearknob to their collection of er, gearknobs.

The SK50 embodies the racing essence of MOMO, with its design derived from their motorsport experience. The simple, yet sophisticated all-aluminium body is machined from billet and then treated to an anodised glossy silver finish.

The top pad is printed with the ‘MOMO’ logo with a second inscription on the base ferrule, providing a true racing look for any street, classic, race or kitcar.

SK50 wears an RRP of £59.99 inc VAT.

For more details contact Momo UK on 01268 764 411 or visit www.momo-uk.co.uk ENDS.

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‘ATS’ THE WAY TO DO IT…

I like the look of this - ATS SPORT

Interesting news from Italy this week concerning the re-birth of the historic ATS marque, originally founded back in 1963 by a group of disgruntled Ferrari engineers, including Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini.

They produced the achingly pretty ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) 2500GT road-car and also a short-lived Formula One car, the ATS Tipo 100, driven by Phil Hill. I often smile when this iteration of ATS is confused (by supposedly knowledgeable motorsport ‘experts’!) with the ATS Wheels operation run by Günther Schmidt, a completely separate motorsport team, based in Germany.

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COOL OIL FLOW

The Mishimoto Thermostatic Oil Sandwich Plate is a lightweight mount for remote oil filters with the added benefit of thermostatically-controlled warm-up for the lubrication system.

The built-in thermostat prevents oil flow to the cooler until the engine oil reaches activating temperature, allowing both a faster warm-up at start-up and extra oil system protection in cold climates. The included 185-degree F thermostat can be changed for a 160-degree F or 200-degree F (93 C) degree unit, adding precise control of your required engine oil operating temperature.

The high-flow sandwich plate is made from 6061 aluminium and connects through two M20 x 1.5 Ports More >

LASER SOCKET TO ‘EM AGAIN

These two new star bits (T55, part no 5719, T60, part no 5720) from Laser Tools have been specifically designed for cylinder head bolts. The ½in drive bits are extra-long (140mm) for access and very strong to undo tight and stubborn cylinder head bolts. The socket is chrome vanadium and the bit is S2 steel.

Should be in every vehicle technician’s toolbox at just £10.68 inc VAT and £11.28 inc VAT for the T60 5720 but remember to check your local Laser Tools supplier for the best prices and special offers.

More details from www.lasertools.co.uk ENDS.

MINI SPARES A-SERIES PISTONS

The piston for 1098cc ‘A’-Series engines was designed with four rings with the top three compression rings are .0625in thick and the bottom oil ring is .1249in thick.

Pin height in this piston design is 2.2855in, this results in a compression of 8.5:1 in most standard applications and the piston is available in 20-, 30-, 40- and 60-thou overbore.

Order as part number P20397 followed by -20, 40 or -60, according to the overbore size required and the pistons retail at £45 inc VAT each.

For more details contact Mini Spares at the other end of 01707 607 700 or visit www.minispares.com ENDS.

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GET ALIGNED WITH POWERFLEX

Powerflex has announced a new range of PowerAlign products that will be more ‘hardware’-based and offer innovative solutions to improve chassis geometry.

The first two products include a new range of camber bolt kits and a simple camber setting tool. By simply substituting the original upper bolts on two bolt suspension struts for PowerAlign Camber Bolts, this allows up to +/-1.75degs of camber change.

This is an easy fix for camber issues and a perfect add-on for any suspension bush change.

The bolts are made using a 12.9 tensile, zinc-plated high strength steel. Naturally these parts are covered under the terms of our More >

MOMO GETS ‘HYPER’

As part of their continued 50th anniversary celebrations, iconic Italian styling brand, MOMO, has released a new road wheel, which features the classic five-spoke design harking back to the styles featured on some of the classic performance and racecars of the past 50 years.

The new Hyperstar is 100 per cent MOMO and bears the iconic name cast into one of the spokes, repeated on the centre-cap to ensure no one is left in doubt as to this wheel’s pedigree.

The wheel is available in Hypersilver finish and in five-stud fitments only, while it is runflat and TPMS compatible and available in More >

IN THE HOOD

Summer may be coming but it still gets a bit nippy in the evenings so this new piece of attire could be just the thing for you. Leading suspension specialists, GAZ Shocks, now has their own branded hoodies available for purchase!

Sizes range from small to Mr Creosote-spec XXL at £28.99 inc VAT and delivery.

For further details visit www.gazshocks.com ENDS.

COOL BMW Z3 CONVERSION

We’ve been following the development of the Bertini GT25 here on totalkitcar.com, along with the JAKABI JA8, and watched with interest as the BMW Z3-based body conversion has taken shape from early snapshots to the impressive finished article seen here…it’s due for public launch at the National Kit Car Motor Show, May 4/5.

The Bertini GT25 is an original design, body panel replacement kit to fit all versions of the BMW Z3, which may not be the car of your dreams in original guise, but offers superb Bavarian mechanicals and with the addition of Bertini-boss, Anthony Cherry’s GT25 kit package, is transformed.

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COVER UP!

Spoke to a friend of a friend the other day who is a welcome new arrival to the wonderful world of kitcars.

He found a really nice Fisher Sportscars-era, Fury that he picked-up for a relative song and is totally smitten, as I knew he would be. He phoned his insurance company for a quote but was appalled at the premium they wanted, although he said it took them ages to understand exactly what the car was…

I gave him a gentle steer to our ‘specialist insurers’ list and explained that mainstream insurers don’t really understand kitcars and as such can’t offer More >