Upcoming diary dates for our racing and sports car fans!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 12-08-2016

IMG_2008As purveyors of racing, automotive high performance and adrenalin fuelled customer happiness, we have some imminent dates to appeal to most of our fellow petrolhead’s needs.

GT Cup – 13/14th August
This weekend the team will be competing at Donington Park in the GT Cup with drivers, Neil Huggins and Jeff Wyatt in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo car. If the prospect of free entry and a base and refreshments with the team is more tempting than a Saturday Tesco shop or Sunday lunch washing up then email charlotte@topcatsracing.com for details.

PHSSTopcatsracing_03[1]Pistonheads Sunday Service – 28th August
On Saturday, 28th August, we will be hosting Pistonheads Sunday Service for the 2nd year in a row.
Bacon rolls, burgers and snacks will be available to purchase along with free tea, coffee and refreshments.
As usual, Pistonheads only announce the date and venue 1-2 weeks prior so we will let you know when it goes live as you MUST add your name to the list on the thread. If you aren’t already, subscribe to Pistonheads to enter. It’s completely free.
Get your name down quickly though. Last year, all 300 places were filled within 2 days!
We will have many of our own and special customer cars on display as well as the infamous 753BHP TVR IMG_8779Sagaris Lingenfelter LS9, further enhanced in its armoury with a newly installed line lock and some super sticky Mickey Thompson’s, ready to attack and reign victorious (fingers crossed) at the Brighton Speed Trials the following weekend, which inevitably leads us to……

IMG_5403Brighton Speed Trials – 3rd September
Come and support us and cheer on owner driver, Paul ‘Blackie’ Black for this historic event. Last time we entered the car in 2014 we could have topped the leader board going by our terminal speed….if only we could have gotten her cleanly off the line. This time, with the right equipment, we could nail it!

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Don’t just take our word for it! Read what Pistonheads have to say about the incredible GMR Supercharged Aston Martin V8 Vantage!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 24-05-2016

gmrs_001-LThe prospect of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage outgunning a V12 was too much for Pistonheads’ Dan Trent to resist when we laid down the gauntlet and he arrived at our facility in the brand new ‘straight out of the factory’ Aston Martin V12.
He was in for quite a surprise…

#GMRSupercharger #Aston Martin #V8 Vantage #SuperchargedV8Vantage #Pistonheads

http://www.pistonheads.com/road-tests/astonmartin/aston-martin-v8-vantage-gmr-supercharged/34257

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A busy Saturday Surgery for the Corvette Club UK

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 16-05-2016

Corvette CC 17Our first Corvette Car Club ‘Saturday Surgery’ went down a storm on Saturday, 14th May. Our ramps were busy all morning and until gone 2pm with free inspections, diagnosing, fault finding and offering advice to Corvette Owner Members of the Corvette Club UK. Thank you to all 40+ Corvette owners who joined us to benefit from our engineers advice and enjoy free bacon rolls and refreshments. Here’s a great selection of pictures that capture the day.

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TVR entice the crowds at the London Motor Show!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 10-05-2016

IMG_8907We were extremely pleased to see that Les Edgar and the team at TVR were so well received at the London Motor Show by new customers looking to buy the car, deposit holders and the press. Whilst a reveal of the car wasn’t on the agenda for the show it was exciting to finally get an idea of its seductive proportions and hints of a few of its styling cues through the silk sheet. A very sexy scoop to the roofline and reassuringly muscular haunches will keep deposit holders very excited. Understandably, a full reveal of the car will be shown in the Summer once the few remaining small styling tweaks are set.
Orders for the Launch Edition have reached 400 and will be limited to 500 to safeguard exclusivity. The optional extras that will come as standard, as well as the i-Stream Carbon chassis, to the LE purchasers will no longer be available after the books are closed, for which a date has yet to be announced (Summer) but should coincide with the finished design of the car going public.
FullSizeRender (5)If you are considering purchasing the Launch Edition car and would like to talk to us with any questions you may have, please contact us at Topcats Racing (a member of the TVR Network) on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com.

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Pearson swings into the 60’s with success!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 11-04-2016

Cortina 3Topcats Racing were delighted with Chris Pearson’s race results on Saturday having imported his lovely Lotus Cortina from Australia last Summer. He entrusted the car to Topcats Racing who set about preparing the car, ready for racing this season.

He had only driven the car a couple of hundred metres on site at the workshop to try it out before going straight into qualifying for the Classics Sports Cars Club’s Historic ‘Swinging 60’s’ race at a very wet Snetterton. Pearson qualified a fantastic 4th in class and finished the 40 minute race as a solo driver with  3rd in class.

Pearson will build on a very solid first result and we look forward to seeing him receive plenty of silverware in the very near future as his race season progresses.

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Huge and Thunderous Full Power Launch 2016!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 04-04-2016

IMG_8630What a monster event yesterday with the V8UK Full Power Launch 2016! This year’s event exceeded even last years numbers with over 300 cars arriving at Topcats Racing’s workshop facility near Aylesbury, Bucks!

With fantastic weather again, pumping music, V8 noise, food, drink and a dyno to enthral the crowds, which by the way was won by a stunning Camaro blowing the away the nearest rival by 125bhp with a staggering 749bhp!, it was impossible not to have a great time. The highlight? The convoy which may well be one of the biggest in the UK! It snaked up and over the Buckinghamshire hills and through the villages bringing people out of their houses to investigate the rumble! The response was great with waves and thumbs up! Thank you to all the drivers who drove carefully and with respect en route and back to Topcats Racing to enjoy the afternoon in the sunshine.

IMG_8617We would like to thank the boys from the V8UK Club for allowing us to host again this year.

A very big thank you to all those who took the time to make their cars beautiful and bring them to us for the event, some of whom had travelled far to get here. We were delighted to see our TVR, Corvette and Camaro guys arrive in force as well as all others who brought their amazing machines for everyone to view in wonderment!

 

 

 

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Countdown to Full Power Launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 11-03-2016

Just 2 weeks until we host our 2nd Full Power Launch for the V8UK Club on Sunday, 3rd April from 9am until 1pm. Last year we had a ball! The convoy that we ran from our facilities was 1 1/2 miles long from nose to tail through beautiful, winding countryside. The number and range of cars that arrived was spectacular and again this year we will have our own exotic range of race and road cars on display. New this year will be the dyno run to test the most (and least!) powerful cars for those that have booked a slot. Please check with V8UK if you would like to book depending on availability.
There will be a number of awards for competitions; favourite car etc.
Bacon and sausage rolls, burgers etc. will be available to purchase on site.Refreshments will be complimentary. Accuweather predicts a dry and sunny day, just like last year so fingers crossed. We look forward to welcoming you on the 3rd April!

Directions:
Topcats Racing
Endurance House
1020, Westcott Venture Park
Westcott
Nr. Aylesbury
Bucks. HP18 0XB / 0NP – Location depends on your SatNav system as some will take you to other places nearby. Please check on Google maps for location before you set off. (A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester).

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that we are located on a private estate with CCTV covering the road infrastructure throughout. Please respect the speed limits and driving etiquette required. Tyre marks from donuts in other businesses car parks are hard to explain on Monday morning! Good feedback means that we can continue to host here. Thank you.

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Invitation to V8 Vantage Owners – Experience the Supercharged Version!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 09-03-2016

maxresdefaultTopcats Racing are pleased to announce an Aston Martin V8 Vantage owners exclusive event at their custom built 10,000sq.ft workshop facility near Aylesbury, Bucks on SATURDAY, 25TH JUNE, 2016 from 10am until 2pm. The event will showcase GMR’s superb water injected supercharger which has been designed and developed to transform the power of 4.3L 380BHP and 4.7L 420BHP V8 Vantage engines to a staggering 583BHP and 600BHP respectively!

We will have GMR supercharged V8 Vantages available for demonstration runs on the day. Engineers and staff from both Topcats Racing and GMR will be on hand during the event to explain the system in detail and answer any questions.

All visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments and bacon rolls from our mezzanine café as well as a look around our facilities and range of sports and race cars that we have on display.

If you don’t currently own an Aston Martin V8 Vantage but are genuinely interested in future ownership, please feel free to join us.

If you would like to view and have a demonstration of the GMR Supercharged V8 Vantage but are unable to attend the event, we can arrange an appointment for you either at Topcats Racing or nearer to home.

Note: Entrance to our facilities is via a 24hr site security gate. Parking is on private land and, therefore, unrestricted and free of charge. Please contact any of the following for a windscreen pass that will allow you immediate access into the park:

 

Topcats Racing:                                 Tel: 01296 655109 / Email: info@topcatsracing.com

Organising AMOC Area Reps:

Area 10 Rep: Geoffrey Dische:   Tel: 01895 633449 / Email: area10@amoc.org

Area 4 Rep: Andrew Fawkes:      Tel: 01275 332920 / Email: area4@amoc.org

 

All AMOC areas are welcome.

 

Topcats Racing is located at:

 

Endurance House

1020, Westcott Venture Park

Westcott

Nr. Aylesbury

HP18 0XB / 0NP (Depending on your SatNav)

Please do not solely depend on your SatNav and check location on Google maps first as some systems take you to other places nearby. One of the quirks of a former top-secret MOD base!

 

GMR and Topcats Racing look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable, social and exciting event!

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Topcats Racing and GMR join forces to power up the V8 Vantage world.

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 23-02-2016

maxresdefaultTopcats Racing are delighted to announce that they have been appointed official regional distributors and installers for GMR 600 Aston Martin V8 Superchargers. Topcats Racing are ideally, centrally located to serve Aston Martin owners across the Home Counties, London, Oxon, Northants, Warks, West Midlands and the North. Just 10 miles from both junctions 8a and 9 of the M40 and only 40 minutes from the Aston Martin factory at Gaydon.

GMR DiagnosticAs a team who are passionate about achieving real performance for race cars and customers road going cars alike, Topcats Racing are very excited to be able to supply Aston Martin V8 owners with a truly dramatic performance boost to their current driving experience.
Topcats Racing are the UK’s leading Chevrolet LS engine conversion specialists for TVR road cars. Transforming their otherwise fragile reliability and lack of power into a reliable, low maintenance and ferociously fast car reflects our ethos that we only offer products that make a real difference to the performance of a car and realise its full potential in a cost effective way. We approached GMR because their ethos is exactly the same as ours.

GMR have earned themselves great accolade from the Aston Martin community and the motoring press having already installed 14 superchargers to customers cars as well as their own V8 Vantage demonstrator, used daily and covering 85k miles since its installation.

GMR Engine bayBefore explaining how the system works, it is important to divulge the enormity of the performance upgrade that is being delivered. That way, we are sure we will already have you hooked.
The 4.3L V8 Vantage offers its owner a ‘comparatively’ stingy 380bhp. Once the GMR 600 super charger is installed and mapped you can wave your supercar pals goodbye with a whopping 583BHP at 7250rpm and 445lbs ft at 3500rpm. Compare that to the V12 Vantage S which has a mere 12lbs ft more but only achieved at 5750rpm! We haven’t even touched on the subject of the 4.7L V8 Vantage brandishing 600+BHP with the same conversion!

Even more astonishing is the superb linear delivery of power through the careful development of their mapping. Around double the torque pins you hard to the back of the seat. You can wring out the max from each gear if you enjoy the drama of wheel spins and smoking tyres or just short shift to a higher gear and let the torque whisk you to the upper echelons of the speedo, unflustered.

There are a few upgrades on the market for Aston Martin V8 Vantage owners but they only offer minimal improvement to performance with the costs exceeding the benefits. So how have GMR achieved it?

The supercharger is the very latest Eaton TVS used in the Jaguar F-Type S Coupe. GMR has developed it’s own ‘Geyser’ water injection system, doing away with the need for an intercooler thus improving efficiency, producing more power for less boost and reducing piston pressure and wear on the engine.

It’s an ingenious concept with several years of development by GMR’s MD, Graham Heane, an extremely talented engineer with an aircraft engineering background. Water is injected into the intake manifold as a fine mist at over 100psi of pressure. As it changes to a vapour it absorbs heat, lowering the temperature in the manifold and also reduces cylinder temperature. This improves the dynamics of the ‘flame front’ so that the fuel/air mixture ignites in a more efficient way and gives the pistons a less violent ‘shove’.

The engine can be run much leaner under load because fuel isn’t being pumped in to reduce in-cylinder temperature. Its water injection system is much more efficient than an intercooler and allows for exceptionally low boost pressure of only 6.5psi, further improving efficiency and longevity.
A good test is to put your hand on the intake manifold after a long run and remarkably, you will find it cool to the touch. Given all these factors, fuel consumption is significantly improved by approximately 20%.
The water is housed in a beautifully crafted 5.3 litre carbon fibre tank. To neatly tie up a complete package, the aesthetics of the installation look like they are Aston Martin factory finished.
If you still need one final nudge, read the fantastic reviews from respected motoring journalists, Jethro Bovingdon’s front cover feature of Vantage Magazine here: Vantage Magazine-June, 2014 GMR Supercharger

and Matt Saunders report in Autocar Magazine here: Autocar Magazine – GMR Supercharger V8 Vantage

Further technical details can be found at GMR Superchargers
Please contact us on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com and we would be delighted to offer you a demonstration drive by appointment.

Complete cost for the drive-in /drive-out supercharger installation is £15,000.00 +VAT with a 50% deposit required at the time of order. 6-8 week lead time before commencement of installation.

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More reasons to order your Limited Edition TVR at no extra cost before the order book closes!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 22-01-2016

tvwwebnewNow that we have entered the realms of 2016, the launch of the new TVR is tantalisingly close.

Whilst detailing of the car continues, the latest rendering of the new car looks excitingly true to its word that TVR’s unmistakable DNA will live on.

TVR lover’s hearts will have skipped a beat to receive much longed for news from TVR HQ just before Christmas with further positive news that will undoubtedly be provocative for potential new owners.

Followers and enthusiasts will already know the confirmed construction methods, utilising Gordon Murrays revolutionary i-Stream technology which offers incredible strength and rigidity whilst also extremely lightweight. This makes for a car that will benefit from less wear and tear on components thus reducing running costs, greater performance and fuel economy.

TVR are going another step further though. Whilst the order book remains open for customers even before final details of the car have been announced, and yes there is a certain amount of faith but no risk to buyers deposits involved, TVR have confirmed that those who do place their order before the order book closes will receive their car with the iStream Carbon variant that will be even lighter and stronger and at no extra cost. All customers who place their order before the closing date get the up-spec’d car.

Potential buyers who have not yet committed and are not just looking from the heart but towards future values must surely be giving this more serious consideration.

The punchline, Christmas has been and gone and we are well into the new year. Time will fly almost as fast as the car and TVR have announced that by mid 2016 they will be confirming the location of their new factory, body styling and pricing. This will be the point too at which they will confirm a closing date for the ‘no extra cost’ LE car. Once closed, order confirmations and queue positions will be given to the buyers.

To learn more about iStream Technology

To learn more about iStream Carbon

tvwwebnewIf you are ready to place your order or have any questions, please contact us on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com.
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