RADICAL CALIPERS FROM AP RACING

AP Racing, the leading manufacturer of performance braking and clutch systems, for road and race use, has created a new range of Radi-CAL™ brake calipers, which incorporate race technology into high-performance road products.

Available as six and four-pot front calipers, as well as a four-pot rear caliper, the new range of Radi-CAL™ products distil the company’s expertise in producing brake systems for race and OEM installations, into calipers suitable for the aftermarket. As a result Radi-CAL™ delivers an advanced brake upgrade for the owners of high performance and sportscars.

Featuring a two-piece aluminium body and h-piece, the forged non-symmetrical calipers offer a More >

THERE’S A DRAFT IN HERE

I’m a big fan of the work of Reg Dodd and Tony Martin, who together, run Backdraft Racing in Florida, with their spectacular Cobra replica made in a state-of-the-art factory in South Africa.

The plan is still to launch a UK-spec version of their RT3 here after they made an exploratory trip to the National Kit Car Motor Show back in May, when they displayed a car on our stand, which received rave reviews from showgoers. Since then they taken onboard comments made and are also working to make the car IVA-compliant and plan to return again in 2014.

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CONTINENTAL CATERHAM

Caterham Cars has opened the order book for the Seven 165 – its new entry-level variant of the iconic sportscar, powered by a super-compact, turbocharged Suzuki engine.

Priced from €19,995 (+ local taxes), the car’s live-axle rear suspension, compact engine and low weight embody the pioneering spirit of early Sevens and represent a new entry-point to the Seven range.

The Seven 165 – UK customers will get a different version, called 160 – produces 80bhp from its 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine, enabling it to accelerate to 100kph in a brisk 6.9-seconds and on to a top speed of 161kph.

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HIGH VOLTAGE

Loving the company name of 12 Volt Planet, a new supplier to the specialist car industry specialising in wiring components, consumables and accessories for car, marine and leisure electrical aftermarkets.

They have an extensive and ever-growing range product range and feature everything you could need to repair, modify, upgrade or even completely re-wire your kit or specialist car.

What’s more, their website features a handy ‘knowledge centre, which contains useful guides, tips and resources to help you get the most of your wiring projects, with new articles being added all the time.

More information from www.12voltplanet.co.uk or 01491 699 822 ENDS.

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DON’T SPANK YOUR ALLOYS

Alloy wheels set-off the look of a vehicle although are un-sightly when they get a bit of damage.

It’s sometimes hard to avoid damaging your rims though thanks to the state of the roads, while repairs can be expensive. A good solution could be Rimblades, alloy wheel rim protectors, which are made from a modern flexible polymer.

They are designed to be a universal fitting and are attached to alloy wheels with a high quality double-sided tape called VHB, meaning ‘very high bond’.

Recent upgrades to the product and the polymer used in construction the maker’s say that Rimblades are now tougher, more More >

LIGHTING-UP TIME

With more and more councils now switching off, or reducing the amount of time that street lights are on for, navigating your way around towns during darker evenings could prove as tricky as the unlit countryside.

When the clocks change and the commute home from work is done in dimming light or darkness, the dangers mount. Ensuring that pedestrians can see, and be seen, is essential for road safety. It is also advisable for car drivers to carry a torch in case of an emergency or breakdown. This year the AA has launched a range of torches to complement the hi-visibility products it offers More >

YOU’RE LOOKING PAIL!

Richbrook’s latest innovation, a collapsible foldaway bucket might sound implausible, but it’s just as effective as a standard pail and far more convenient too.

Manufactured from super-sturdy black polyester, the foldaway bucket comes complete with a metal carry handle and features sturdy white plastic upper and lower rims. With the capacity to store 10-litres of water, the collapsible bucket ‘springs’ into life once filled, and thanks to its ingenious design, is able to support itself just like a regular, run of the mill bucket, even when empty. However, it’s when the bucket is not in use that the magic really happens!

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TECHNI-COLOURED SOCKET SET

Facom, Europe’s leading hand tool manufacturer, introduces a range of reinforced impact sockets for alloy wheels.

Impact sockets are essential in a busy workshop or tyre centre. With regular daily use in such an environment, however, they can quickly wear out. Facom’s new reinforced alloy wheel impact sockets are designed to last up to seven times longer than standard versions, offering superior longevity while providing complete protection for alloy wheels.

The set (part number NSI.5LPB) comprises 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22mm extra-durable impact sockets with Teflon sleeves, which prevent damage to precious and expensive alloy wheels during use. Stored in a More >

MULTI-PURPOSE DREMEL

The new Dremel 4200 is the world’s first multi-tool with an EZ Change mechanism – an integrated keyless quick change system that allows the user easy and fast accessory changes without the need for a collet or wrench. Compatible with all of Dremel’s 100 accessories* and attachments – it speeds up any project. Simply pull back the two blue bars at the front of the tool simultaneously to remove one accessory and fit the next. Then let go of the blue bars and the accessory is securely fixed, switch it on and the accessory will tighten as the tool spins faster.

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OIL DRIP TRAY? SO LAST YEAR DAH’LING!

These new oil absorbing pads from Laser Tools (part no: 5712) repel water based fluids and absorb oil and petroleum-based fluids to ensure efficiency in your cleanup operation. Oil-only absorbent pads are designed to control and clean up spills in small areas.

The pads are 100 per cent polypropylene construction, strong, durable and offer terrific absorption – 0.6 litre per pad. Each pad is 500mm x 400mm and 2mm thick, supplied in a pack of 10. Pre-cut to divide each pad into two, if required.

The pads can be used indoors around machinery to catch leaks, drips and spills (great for underneath More >