Critically acclaimed German coating manufacturer Permanon has launched in the UK, with its high-performance surface protection and cleaning products through UK distributor, Permanon UK.

Permanon, the revolutionary surface protection product manufactured in Germany, is used by the some of the world’s largest OEMs in the aviation, commercial vehicle, industrial and marine sectors.

The Permanon range of surface protection products is non-toxic, water based and bio-degradable. The advanced Permanon technology allows for rapid application of a transparent, highly durable UV resistant coating which is safe for all solid indoor and outdoor surfaces.

Dave Ashley, Head of Permanon UK commented:

“The technical innovation in Permanon products More >


Wolfrace, one of the UK’s best known alloy wheel brand, launches the hugely popular Eurosport Assassin in size 8x18in and 8½x20in and extends the colour finishes available.

The Assassin alloy wheel was launched into the Wolfrace Eurosport range approximately 12-months ago and has quickly become one of the Essex company’s most popular designs.

The size range of the Assassin has now been extended to include a new 8x18in and 8½x20in version.

The no-compromise approach to the manufacture of the wheel (and all Wolfrace wheels) means that the 8½x20in version is ‘weight-loaded’ and suitable for use on SUV and commercial vehicles.

Assassin in 8.0x18in and More >


Caterham Cars, now part of Tony Fernandes’ F1™ empire has announced that manufacturing of the iconic Seven will be moving to the former Arrows, TWR, Super Aguri HQ at Leafield, Oxfordshire…

When the late, Graham Nearn, took over manufacture of the Seven from Lotus in 1973, he based himself behind the petrol station facility that he owned in Town End, Caterham-on-the-Hill, Surrey, before production moved to a purpose built factory in Dartford, Kent in 1987.

The Seven and SP300.R will be made under the same roof as the operation’s GP2 cars, with the intention also to bring the F1™ and Caterham Technology More >


The first company to really grasp the potential of Chris Gibbs’ ‘Haynes Roadster’ book was Hartlepool-based, Saturn Sportscars, founded by Andy Hugill.

For a couple of years, Andy was kept very busy supplying book readers with a selection of parts to aid in their builds, from a bracket to a chassis to a GRP panel set right up to a standalone Saturn Roadster kit. He even developed a Mazda MX-5-based version, too.

Sadly, ill-health has meant that Andy has had to sell his business, although it hasn’t moved far. Next door, in fact! The Saturn project has been acquired by Nathan Smith More >


Filtration expert Pipercross has released a fully TOCA-approved filtration package that complies with the latest regulations while offering significant flow improvements over any previously sanctioned filter.

Hand-finished here in the UK, the BTCC homologated part features a double conical high-flow filter construction affixed to a full radius aluminium spinning. The lightweight outer housing is fully ceramic coated to help further reduce intake temperatures. Following feedback from race engineers, this outer housing is secured by over-centre clips, rather than bolts, to allow for rapid removal and cleaning between races, or during set-up and testing.

Thanks to its unique construction, the total filtration area More >


Suspension giant Eibach may be most commonly associated with high quality spring manufacture, but the firm also offers an extensive range of precision alignment components, allowing tuners and enthusiasts to create the ultimate all-around handling package.

Eibach’s alignment products cover a wide portfolio of vehicle types and the range encompasses almost every type of adjustment. From simple shims and camber bolts through to fully adjustable top mounts and suspension arms.

A wide variety of cars are covered in the catalogue, allowing owners to either correct their camber, caster and toe settings following the fitment of lowered suspension, or if preferred, create the More >


Europe’s leading hand tool manufacturer, Facom, has launched the 603F hacksaw, a tool designed for durability and efficiency.

This new hacksaw is fitted with an innovative automatic blade tension system unique to Facom. With a traditional hacksaw, users have to adjust the blade tension manually, which can be tricky and often inaccurate. Putting the blade under high tension for any length of time could lead to the frame of the hacksaw becoming warped, and heavy use can see blade tension increasing, which can result in inaccurate cutting.

With Facom’s patented design, the tension on the new hacksaw is controlled automatically thanks to More >


They might not be quite as high-profile as they once were but Devon-based Marlin Sportscars is still very much in production and are currently busy with a buoyant order book.

Their current model range consists of two excellent models – the modern, mid-engined 5EXI and the Sportster. The former requires no donor and uses either Volkswagen Group 1.9T or Honda 2-litre VTEC units that suit the car really well. Marlin boss, Mark Matthews, and several customers are enthusiastic competitors in the well-regarded highly-regarded Castle Combe GT Series, highlighting the car’s sports potential.

Meanwhile, Marlin’s other model is one of my personal favourites, More >


Latest catalogue from Merlin Motorsport is out now. It’s jam-packed with nice products from nice companies and all ideally suited to kitcar and trackday use as well, of course, as the company’s core motorsport market.

The Castle Come-based company’s latest catalogue is the 25th edition and features the products of Bell, itg, Goodridge, Stack, Alpinestars, Arai, Cobra, Momo, Sparco, Jetex, SamcoSport, Lifeline and Mocal within its 64-pages.

More information and to get your own copy call 01249 782 101 or view it all online at ENDS.


Spautopia is a nice little, forward-thinking automotive car care company based in Rutland and producing and supplying a really innovative range of products that really do what they say on the packet, box, bottle or tin!

They’ve recently started stocking the UK-made Angelwax range of polishes and treatments with the interior trim reviver, AnGel being the latest addition. There are a lot of products around that claim to make your car’s trim return to ‘as-new’, most with mixed results either making your dashboard slippery and shiny, acting as a magnet for dust, or actually not doing anything at all.

I was sent More >