POWER-AID

Exciting new 'Coyote' V8 from Ford delivers 412bhp out-of-the-crate.

Over the past 20 or so years, the source of the vast majority of new Ford engines used in kitcars has been John Townley’s Powertorque Engineering operation based in Coventry and the company can supply four, six and eight cylinder units from the Blue Oval.

Current units such as Zetec SE (Duratec 16), 2-litre Duratec (Duratec 20 and Duratec 2.3-litre (Duratec 23) are available off-the-shelf from Powertorque, as are the range of Ford Racing’s American V8 crate motors and huge array of performance aftermarket parts.

Latest developments from Ford are pretty exciting with the More >

NOT JUST ORANJEBOOM FROM THE NETHERLANDS!

Plenty going on at Dutch manufacturer, Faroux Sportscars, who were at Stoneleigh with their BMW-based MB1 Lotus Seven-inspired sportscar last weekend, plus news on their latest new model…

Their latest, following on quickly from the recently announced Faroux Coupe (Daytona replica, also based on BMW mechanicals) is a Porsche 917 replica that uses the Porsche Boxster as donor.

A spaceframe chassis has been created on CAD by Faroux boss, Marcel Benes, and the plan is to launch the car at next year’s Stoneleigh show, while they’ll be using lots of components from the Boxster in addition to the running gear such as More >

CHOOSE YOUR AIRLINE!

Lister Bell Automotive has been very busy with their STR Stratos replica since we last saw them at Exeter show back in October and their demonstrator looked particularly pleasing in its Alitalia livery at Stoneleigh.

The car is fitted with an Alfa Romeo 3-litre V6 engine and now features new Lister Bell components including revised gearchange mechanism now via cable, new seats, fully repackable bespoke exhaust system and the company’s own specification of replica wheels, which mean that rims up to 18in can now be accommodated.

They estimate that a decent DIY-built example can be completed from around £20,000.

More information from www.listerbell.com or More >

NEW OLD NEW SPEEDSTER REPLICA!

The Intermeccanica marque was established by Frank Reisner some 52-years ago and various models have appeared over the years. Perhaps their most successful has been the Speedster 356-A replica, launched in 1976…

The car is now available in the UK once more via St.Andrews, Fife-based Ian Miller, who can supply the 356-A in complete form now.

Ian was at Stoneleigh on the Speedster & Spyder Club stand where I had the chance to take a close look at the car and there’s no doubt that it really is an impressive vehicle, with wind-up windows, high-back seats and ‘hidden’ switches along with period More >

STONELEIGH EXTRA – MK INDY

MK Sportscars always put on a strong showing at Stoneleigh and this year was no different. I really liked this recently built example that should be with its overseas customer as you read this.

STONELEIGH EXTRA – KTM X-BOW

A real Marmite car the KTM X-BOW. Personally I LOVE them. Spotted this glorious and rare as hen's teeth, Race of Champions Limited Edition version out in the fields on Sunday morning. What a BELTER!

STONELEIGH EXTRA – RAW STRIKER

Latest Phoenix demonstrator from Raw Striker Ltd is powered by supercharged Ford Zetec delivering 330bhp!

STONELEIGH EXTRA – ROADRUNNER SR2

What a nice pair! Roadrunner Racing is producing some superb cars, and their Mazda MX-5-based SR2 is proving popular

STONELEIGH EXTRA – PARALLEL DESIGNS

Great to see Parallel Designs at Stoneleigh with this very nice example of their craft destined for a lucky customer

SNAKE BITE – XCS DESIGNS

A new Cobra replica isn’t a regular occurrence these days and it stands to reason that when a new one does turn up it gets a bit of attention, to say the least.

The men behind this new one, Peter Walker and Gary Sanders, have been DJ Sportscars’ engineering and design gurus for many years and the likelihood is that the XCS will be sold under the DAX banner as a premium plus type product. The car will certainly feature a DAX-sourced bodyshell.

The specification will definitely have Cobra lovers drooling with power coming from a supercharged GM LS3 V8 delivering a More >