As dedicated track tools go, not many cars have the ‘fitness for purpose’ that the KTM XBOW has. Designed from the outset to be a track-focussed weapon, you might think that it has all the bases covered – but, like any production car, there are still many areas for improvement. A point perfectly proven by Forge Motorsport’s hand-finished charge-cooler kit for the bonkers Austrian machine.

Upgrade part from Forge Motorsport for KTM X-BOW

Although the standard part copes on an un-stressed, un-modified car, it has been known to fail if the engine is tuned, or driven hard for a prolonged period of More >


Webcon can now supply a triple Weber carburettor conversion for popular kitcar engine, Jaguar XK120/140/150 B-type cylinder heads as a complete conversion kit, including manifold, linkage system and the genuine Spanish Weber carburettors.

The conversion is ideal for road, trackday and classic racing use and retails at £1794 inc VAT and can be ordered as PJA302 from or 01932 787 100 ENDS.


Early this year Ford part number 1499297, the tail-housing bush for various Ford gearboxes, became obsolete, however all is not lost as classic Ford masters, Burton Power, has come-up with a replacement.

The Burton’s tail-housing bush will fit Ford three rail ‘2000E’ type gearbox, Cortina Mk1, Escort Mk1 RS1600/Twin Cam/Mexico, Lotus Cortina post-68 Ford Type 3 single rail gearbox, Cortina Mks2/3/4/5 1.3 and 1.6, Lotus Cortina post-69, Capri 1.6 OHC Ford Type 2 gearbox and Escort Mks1/2 (excluding RS/Mexico and Twin Cam).

The bush can be ordered as part number GB2E602, and retails at £36 inc VAT with further details from Burton More >


Leading forced induction specialist and exclusive BTCC turbocharger supplier Owen Developments is delighted to announce a new addition to its Turbonetics range of turbos. Called the GT-K 700, this latest external wastegate turbo release is designed to flow enough air up to 700bhp, whilst offering unparalleled levels of boost and spool up response and a unique, distinctive finish.

The Turbonetics GT-K 700 boasts advanced technical features, including a patented ceramic ball bearing centre housing rotating assembly (CHRA.) The Turbonetics ceramic ball bearing design offers 50 times greater thrust capacity and is more resilient under high temperature engine shut-downs than conventional journal More >


Drymotive, creators of the innovative AquaZero waterless car cleaner, have launched a Christmas gift pack for those mad about motoring, which might help those tired of scrubbing dirt, rain and snow from their vehicle in the depths of winter. One pack will clean ten large cars without water and can be used to clean any type of car safely outdoors or in – meaning no more battling icy conditions and frozen fingers to enjoy pristine winter motoring.

The gift pack includes two 500ml bottles of the revolutionary AquaZero waterless car cleaning product, as well as two free microfibre cloths worth £3.96.

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Tribute Automotive was at Exeter show last weekend with their new model the A352, a pastiche of the Jaguar D-type, a body conversion based on the Triumph Spitfire and thus IVA-exempt.

In case you were wondering, the name has no mystical meaning or Jaguar connection. It’s the main A-road, the A352, where Tribute’s workshop is located in Dorset. Similarly, the kit price of £1954 commemorates the year that the D-type was launched! I really do like Tribute boss, Chris Welch’s style…

There’s a bit of cosmetic adjustment required on the Spitfire although nothing structural and the new GRP panels simply bond to More >


Vortex V2 now IVA-compliant

Progress continues apace on Vortex Automotive’s V2 model with the latest news concerning the prototype passing IVA.

The car’s main features are a mid-engine/intercooler/radiator layout fed by a large full width duct underneath the car, a central longitudinal fuel tank, keen aerodynamics for high downforce and low drag, with power coming from Ford Duratec or the sensational, new 280bhp Ecoboost turbocharged engine.

The chassis has the engine mounted transversely, with conventional front wishbones and a de Dion rear axle located by a Watts pivot and links. Vortex’s own front uprights are cast LM25 aluminium with the curved side tubes More >


Here’s a great product that will definitely be of use to our readers, given the amount of kit and specialist cars to be found enjoying trackdays up and down the land every day of the week. Oh, and the fact that noise is becoming an ever-increasing problem at racing circuits. Have you been to Castle Combe or Donington on a restricted day and been left disappointed because your car won’t pass noise tests?

Decibel Devil is a new and innovative product, which is the perfect solution for reducing noise levels should your competition or trackday vehicle unexpectedly fail a circuit noise More >


A brilliant product that I’ve had first-hand experience of is Evans Waterless Coolant, which originates in America but is now available in the UK and Europe.

The company initially concentrated on the classic car market, naturally enough but its relevance to our industry is obvious with the coolant protecting engine cooling systems from -40°C to 180°C with its unique properties preventing many of the problems associated with water-based coolants such as corrosion and overheating (it won’t boil over).

To find out more about Evans Waterless Coolant visit or 01792 572 299 ENDS.


New company Kit2Kar will happily powdercoat one-off and small jobs for you

A new company making their kitcar show debut at Exeter last weekend was Kit2Kar who are offering a very innovative powdercoating service to enthusiasts.

There’s nothing unusual in that, of course, in recent years powdercoating has become very popular giving a superb finish to larger metal components such as chassis and/or wishbones, although where Kit2Kar differ is that they will happily coat one-off or small parts for you, the sort of items that the bigger companies won’t want to do unless batch sizes are in three figures.

Therefore, if you fancy More >