Those purveyors of fine aftermarket goodies and generally useful parts, RATSPORT has a shiny, new website, which in addition to the fresh look now details every product they sell as well as those that can be made-to-order all accompanied by an image.

Special offers and trade discounts (where applicable) are also now handled directly on the website with orders trackable from the time of order until it arrives safely at your door. Oh, they also have a new returns policy, too.

In addition to product sales, RatSport also has a classified ads section where visitors can sell their own stuff (including cars) More >


Ring Introduces Tyre Repair Sealant and Emergency Tyre Repair Kit.  According to the AA one of the top ten causes for a vehicle breakdown is a flat or punctured tyre!

While most cars come with a spare wheel, many people do not feel confident or physically able changing a spare wheel. Plus it can be dangerous to change the wheel at the side of a road, especially on a motorway.

Ring has developed an alternative, the Ring Tyre Repair and Ring Emergency Tyre Repair kit.

The 400ml tyre repair sealant aerosol (included in the Emergency Tyre Repair Kit) provides a temporary repair to More >


If your car battery has detachable cell caps and you have access to the battery electrolyte (acid), the new Gunson dial type Battery Tester (part number 77104) offers a quick and easy solution to checking both state of charge and battery condition.

Ideal for kit and classic cars, and suitable for 6, 12 and 24-volt batteries. The specific gravity of the electrolyte is measured and if in the red zone, then the battery should re-charged. As all battery cells are measured, then faulty or dead cells are easily spotted and indicate that battery replacement is required.

Best part is the price: amazing More >


Mechanics regularly have to cut exhaust pipes to replace some of their parts, like a resonator or a muffler. To save time, they might attempt to cut the pipe while it is still mounted on the car using air powered or electric cutters, both of which carry some serious health and safety risks; the sparks generated near the fuel pipes could generate a fire hazard. Alternatively, they might also attempt to use a hacksaw which would not only be impractical but also could damage the bottom of the car.

Facom, always mindful of health and safety and keen to increase garages More >


New manufacturer, TR Lane Motorsport run by Tim Lane has launched their new Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar called the Retro based on Mazda MX-5.

The company is located in Gloucestershire (on the same business estate as Formula 27 used to be on, in fact) and have for many years focused on fabrication work such as rollcages and catch tanks.

Tim previously built himself a Champion era Locost using Ford Escort Mk2 parts and from that moment decided that he’d like to manufacture his own vehicle, hence the Retro, which shares a few visual similarities with the Locost but under the skin is much More >


Mini Spares reckon that owners of A-series powered cars should junk those unreliable contact breakers and get into the digital age with their new pre-programmed electronic ignition distributors.

Each distributor comes manufactured in an original housing, and are available for 23/25d, 43/45d and 59d distributors, both with and without vacuum advance.

They come pre-programmed with 16 different curves, and can be easily adjusted using a screwdriver to the one most suitable for your engine. A flashing LED under the distributor cap lets you know which map you have selected.

The range consists of:

C-27H7710 23/25d distributor with vacuum advance (Pre A+ optimised engines)

C-27H7711 23/25d More >


Jenvey’s contactless TPS280DP throttle position sensor has been specially produced for them by Penny + Giles, the world’s leading precision sensing developers.

The sensor features a D-shaft that is compatible with all Jenvey throttle bodies and has a tested life of more than 60 million operations – more than 18 times longer than an equivalent potentiometer.

The TPS280DP is mechanically interchangeable with most existing throttle potentiometers using 32mm mounting centres, and is designed to interface with most common throttle body D type spindles.

It is available with 200mm or 500mm cable lengths and can be specified with or without a MSS4P Mini Sure More >


Hot rods and street machines of the sixties and seventies just have to have chrome pancake air filters, without them the image isn’t quite complete, but what if you are running Weber DFA or DFEV carbs?

Well thanks to Webcon, you can now have the ‘right’ style of air filter because the Surrey-based company has introduced a 2½in tall, 9in diameter air filter with the traditional ‘Hot Rod’ styling.

The filter is easy to install and comes complete with a cork gasket and the filter element is a modern fluted item, which can be easily removed by means of the classic three-spoked More >


We all know about the parasitic drag that cooling fans place on an engine, which is why most engines now have an electric fan. Australian company, Davies Craig now takes the concept one step further and produces electric-powered water pumps.

The pump is universal and fits most cars by mounting in the bottom radiator hose. For ease of installation, the original water pump is often retained with the impellor removed along with the thermostat.

An electric water pump provides several benefits. It improves cooling control and capacity while giving you more engine power and improved fuel economy.

The pump can be installed to More >


As a perfect partner to their new pipe bending tool, Viper Performance also has a new pipe flaring tool designed to make perfect 37-degree flares for hard brake and clutch lines or fuel pipes. The tool is also perfect for hard line style JIC AN fittings.

This tool may be aimed at the DIY, home mechanic market but it doesn’t skimp on quality, durability or capability and it’s quite capable of working for its keep in a professional garage.

The tool is made from quality 6063 T6 alloy with hard chrome cones. It will roll the smoothest flares and automatically de-burr the More >