Just 2 days until Christmas and we are still very busy in the workshop. 2016 has been our best year since Topcats Racing began; servicing, repairing and delivering performance upgrades to more customers than ever before.
We have big plans for next year and we believe that by continuing to invest in services for our customers, coupled with ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction, we can have another great year in 2017.
We are setting new dates for our calendar of events for next year including TVR Noughties, Corvette Car Club and our own ramp days and we will announce these in the coming weeks.
TVR will, at last, be unveiling the production car that we have all been waiting for in the New Year, with exclusive first viewing for us as Network Members and our deposit holder customers. We are very excited that we will have one at our workshop available for customers to view and demo.
Finally, whilst it has been a good year for us, we cannot ignore the atrocities that are destroying the lives of families in Syria, Yemen and surrounding countries. This year we have chosen to donate £350 to the Syria and Yemen Crisis appeals.
That just leaves us to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Just 2 days until Christmas and we are still very busy in the workshop. 2016 has been our best year since Topcats Racing began; servicing, repairing and delivering performance upgrades to more customers than ever before.
Topcats Racing, as appointed GMR Supercharger installers, are delighted to confirm that they will be starting the first of three installations for clients for the highly acclaimed GMR Supercharger, designed and developed exclusively for Aston Martin V8 Vantages.
It’s reputation for power and reliability is firmly established on the back of several years of development and with GMR supercharged Vantages having now covered over 150k problem-free miles. GMR can boast endurance racing, sprints and hillclimb successes across numerous road and racing GMR Supercharged Aston Martin V8 Vantages.
A fast growing community of admirers continues amongst motoring professionals, media and new clients longing for the performance to match the looks of their AMV8’s.
The first installation will commence week beginning 17th October, taking a few days until completion.
Topcats Racing has vast experience with complex installations, conversions and modifications, most notably as the leading UK specialist for the installation of Chevrolet LS engines into TVR’s.
The process has, for years, been an opportunity for Topcats Racing to invite clients to take an interactive role in their installation. Clients come to view the work in progress, allowing them a unique insight into the build.
GMR Supercharger clients will be afforded the same opportunity and will be invited to visit for an inspection during the installation. They will be able to ask questions and take pictures for their own portfolio.
As with all new clients, Topcats Racing provides a FREE full top to bottom vehicle inspection and the owner is welcome to stay and view it with the engineer. A full written report is given to the owner with any advisories.
This can be done at the time of a GMR installation booking or at the owner’s convenience.
For clients who are interested in a GMR Supercharger installation please contact Topcats Racing on 01296 655109 or email: info at topcatsracing.com and they will be happy to advise you on their exclusive current price offers.
They will also be able to advise you should you wish to finance. Interest rates are low and may be a good opportunity to take advantage of them!
You are likely to save more on your fuel economy over the year once the Geyser water injected supercharger is installed than the yearly interest payable on your loan!
In the meantime, here is a brief overview of the GMR Superchargers:
- Converts AMV8 Vantages from a measly 380BHP to a musclebound 583BHP! More for the 4.7L!
- Geyser Water injection charge cooling system which significantly improves fuel economy and wear and tear on the engine.
- No increased stress on clutches or gearboxes.
- Remarkable low speed torque levels.
- Highest quality materials and manufacture in keeping with AM.
- NEW ‘Unique to car’ Powergate plug in data box enabling owner to remotely access mapping updates for power and torque direct from GMR without having to visit.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Topcats Racing and GMR team.
A welcome and personal update from TVR Chairman, Les Edgar was received last Friday to provide current deposit holders and potential new customers with news that all is well and progressing with the new car.
Sure, some will be critical that the reveal for the new car has been delayed but this is not unusual. As with any manufacturer, TVR’s news should be met with some expectance and further fuel anticipation.
Big steps forward have been made and momentum continues. It will be worth the wait to immerse one’s self into the all-consuming experience and get behind the wheel of TVR’s evolved and genetically enhanced beast in 2017.
Less than 100 slots remain to order the Launch Edition of the new TVR. If you would like further information please contact us on 01296 655109 or email email@example.com.
It seems like only weeks since the London Motor Show but looking at the calendar, I can see that an update as to progress probably seems overdue. I realise that many of you might have expected more frequent updates but please don’t forget that the elapsed time since the deposit book first opened will feel artificially extended due to the fact that, by popular demand, it was opened more than 12 months early – most manufacturers might expect to start taking deposits 12 months before the car launch and some 18months/2years prior to first delivery. Nevertheless, as we start to pass significant milestones at greater frequency, you will hear more and more from us.
“You don’t know what you don’t know” as they say and, as you’d expect, development throws up many questions as we advance at an ever-increasing level of complexity and pace. Of course, like anybody involved in such an undertaking (in which a lot of the content is largely subjective), one anticipates a reasonable level of uncertainty and therefore builds in extra time in the development schedule to account for this. Indeed, not all challenges are unwelcome; we were not aware at the start of the design journey that Gordon would have the iStream Carbon process perfected in time for us to incorporate the technology in the chassis development of the new car. In this particular case, we decided that adding 3 months to our schedule was a small price to pay to have this feature, and your feedback since the announcement confirmed this. I’ve been told that there was a suggestion on one of the forums that Brexit might be a good whipping boy to blame any delays on, but I have to say that the complexities of negotiating a clean exit strategy from the EC has nothing on dealing with the implications of aerodynamic exactitude with small body changes to the exterior of this car!
One of the current challenges we are facing includes getting rid of the enormous amount of heat generated by the Catalytic converters. These are mounted vertically just inside the wings between the front wheels and the door hinge. The challenge is to make sure that heat can escape properly when you pull up at a péage on the way to Le Mans in 35deg sun having been doing 200mph with the cats at 900deg C and a Gendarme leans on the wing… this is still feeding into final wing / bonnet design (and we are including a warning sticker in French!)
The moving feast that is homologation legislation causes no end of issues and, although our car will be going through the European Small Series Type Approval, there are still areas where we have had to modify our original design to accommodate legislative changes (current and future), further impacting on development schedules.
The process to reach agreement with the Welsh Government, despite best efforts on both sides, took 4 months longer than allowed for; whereas this did not directly (adversely) affect the development schedule, it does affect the occupation date for the factory, pushing start of production out past our target. Conversely, it also means more available development time, which is always useful! However, the factory site in South Wales has been chosen and tender documents for the refurbishment are being prepared. This bit is slow but the actual refurbishment is not complex and, as I mentioned above, will not affect development schedules.
Nevertheless, we are making great progress on all aspects of the car design, albeit a little behind where we would like to be, and the good news is that we are on target for the launch of the car in 2017 – our 70th anniversary! While considering our current development status (and inevitably the budget) it did occur to me that most manufacturers spend fortunes developing features for their cars to differentiate them from the competition. Sadly, that also adds cost, complexity, unreliability and, of course, weight. We, on the other hand, have spent a significant portion of our budget doing the opposite – taking out as much weight as we can in order to give fantastic performance in a light weight car. Of course there will be plenty of opportunity for you to add weight (your own, megaton hi-fi, tow bar, etc.) but at least you will have started with an exceptionally balanced, lightweight vehicle!
Gordon Murray Design are flat out on further chassis refinements, engine integration, aero design etc. The design team is growing exponentially each month.
Interestingly, a little while ago we benchmarked a range of competitors’ cars against a TVR and, in the words of Gordon himself, the TVR was by far the best SPORTS CAR in the bunch – the only one you could properly get to do a controlled 4-wheel drift. As I suspected, it looks like our performance benchmark was ourselves all along.
Back to the main point of this letter. We want to show all our loyal deposit holders how far we’ve progressed as soon as possible and I’m acutely aware we have said that we would reveal the exterior styling of the car to you by the end of the summer this year. We are likely to be in a position to do this now in the autumn but, following significant feedback from customers, the press, our partners not to mention some of the more sane posts on the various forums, we decided that we should not reveal the new car ‘piecemeal’ but give a far more comprehensive presentation, including internal and external styling, equipment level, performance, pricing and indeed, as many attributes as possible, to give you the most complete information we can, thus enabling you to fully comprehend our vision for the next generation of TVRs.
With that in mind, we determined that we will have much more of the above to show early in the New Year and therefore we are scheduling the customer reveal for early next year – further details below. Yes, I know there will be the usual suspects who say “told you so”, “expect many more delays”, “it’ll never happen”, “Not a TVR if it’s not built in Blackpool by blokes munching on rock” etc. etc., but remember, to those who haven’t put a deposit down “why are you bothered?” and to those who understand what we’re doing “you won’t be disappointed” – easy for me to say because I know exactly what we’ve achieved so far and pretty much what the end result will be, but I believe the vast majority of you understand our strategy. This change of timing is not a reflection of delays in development, but solely so that we can show more at the reveal – something I’m sure will be welcomed by all who want to be certain that the new car will be everything it can be, and giving you as much information as possible to allow you to confirm your order and get your build slot.
We are also planning to announce some further exciting developments around the specification for the car at the time of the reveal – I can promise that this will be worth the wait.
Additionally, we will be able to give you an update on the progress with the factory together with our plans surrounding the launch of the new car later in 2017.
We have now set some dates for the customer reveal and I would like to invite you (and a guest) to a private unveiling of the Launch Edition of the new TVR. We are finalizing exact details and the final date is dependent on the number of attendees, but it will be between 27th Jan and the 19th Feb. In order for us to cater for all who wish to attend, please can you RSVP by clicking [DearLes@tvr.co.uk] indicating you wish to be added to the list. We will allow for any deposit holders that wish to attend but guest places may be limited in which case they will be allocated randomly. Incidentally, this is your primary contact email address at TVR from this point on. We will answer all emails received personally, but please use the email address we have you registered under, otherwise you will not get a response – its only for those of you currently holding a deposit.
At the event, myself and key TVR personnel will be on hand to give you as much information as possible regarding delivery dates, further specifications, any options and to discuss how we ensure that owning a new TVR is an exceptional experience for you.
By the way, this is certainly not the last update before the reveal – we will be more communicative from now on, as we have more to say. Despite pressure from all sides, we are determined that we make statements only when they are substantive.
Some of you, I know, were present when we took the Black Hound around the Millbrook high speed circuit last month and I hope you’ll agree that it made a huge impression aurally. This Cerbera-based mule is simply a test of engine power and gearbox in a car that broadly represents a vehicle of our target weight (slightly heavier actually). For the avoidance of doubt (and the usual nonsense on the forums), that’s all it was. It’s not supposed to be representative of our progress with the new car, simply a test of the Cosworth drive train in something approaching the weight and size of our car. We showed this to a group of Cerbera owners celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the launch of this iconic 2+2.
FEEL THE FORCE
To those of you that were unable to sample the delights of the Black Hound’s soundtrack, here’s a link to one of our own tests – yours truly trying out the ‘wet’ throttle map on a damp section of the Top Gear track… http://tvr.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=3c1834561df09275e09e83d7c&id=724e0a7558&e=07b824acfa
…and yes, it really does sound like that.
(I recommend it on full volume on the 5.45 commute home).
Thanks for your support,
TVR Manufacturing Ltd
It’s the 1st of September which marks the countdown to a brand new event that we are very excited to be involved with…TVRCC TVR Noughties on 24th September, here at Topcats Racing!
Organised by TVRCC RO, Alex Gray, the event will celebrate the beautiful and breath-taking T-cars of the Peter Wheeler era when no holds were barred and TVR had their own rule book. Thank goodness for that because these cars look just as spectacular and unconventional now as they did when they left the quirky, curiosity shop that was the Blackpool TVR factory in the ‘noughties’!
As such, these cars and their creators deserve a raucous tribute. If you are a proud owner of one of these cars (all TVR’s are welcome to come and enjoy), don’t miss out on a momentous weekend from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September. The weekend programme is detailed below.
We will do our bit to put on a great show and add an injection of excitement at Topcats Racing’s custom built workshop facility on Saturday the 24th when cars from all over the country and Europe will descend upon us, many of which will arrive in convoy from base at Wroxhall Abbey.
We are concocting ideas for competitions, displays, prizes and a range of cars will be on display to treat all car enthusiasts. We will also be operating two of our ramps for the day for free car inspections with our engineers. You will be able to examine your car with them and ask any questions where they will be very happy to offer advice. This will be on a first come, first served basis and a list will be available to add your name.
You do not need to be a member of the TVRCC Club (although they might entice you to join on the day!). You do, however, need to be a TVR owner or someone who is considering buying one.
If you cannot participate in the whole weekend event, you will, of course, be very welcome to come and join us at Topcats Racing on Saturday 24th only.
Weekend details are here:
September 23rd – September 25th
Sept 23 at 2 PM to Sept 25 at 4 PM
Wroxall Abbey Hotel & Estate, Birmingham Road, Wroxall, Warwickshire, CV35 7NB
Invited by Alex Gray
Welcome to the first of the TVR “Noughties” Weekends!
What is the Noughties weekend?
The TVR Noughties (“00″) weekend (and no, that is not the TVR naughty weekend!) is a weekend to bring together and celebrate all the marks of TVRs that were designed and made in the last
decade of the Wheeler era – mostly 1999-2006.
It takes place in the beautiful and centrally located Wroxall Abbey Estate in Warwickshire and features an entire weekend of TVR (and non-TVR) events, run-outs and a special visit down to
Topcats Racing (just outside of Aylesbury) for a day of TVR related fun.
And the weekend is not just for TVR enthusiasts! For those of us just interested in a great weekend out – Wroxall Abbey features a fantastic spa, sauna and health club where you can just
relax away the entire weekend with massages, walks, swimming or just plain sleeping around – whatever you like!
Where is the event based?
The event will be based at Wroxall Abbey Estate in Warwickshire.
Wroxall Abbey Hotel & Estate
Warwickshire, CV35 7NB
You will have the run of a 27 acre estate with spa, tennis, pools and sports club facilities.
There are massages, beauty treatments and heated pools to help you relax or just idle the weekend away.
A sample video of the hotel can be found here
What is happening during the weekend?
Here is a quick summary of the planned events for the weekend. The exact details are still being finalised, but will be updated as soon as they are.
Arrival Friday 23rd Sept & Check-in
Arriving on the Friday afternoon or evening, you will be free to check-in and decide on what you want to do before dinner. If enough people arrive early and the weather is good, then there will be the opportunity for a run-out before dinner around the backroads of Warwickshire on a special route prepared by the hotel with cars in mind.
Dinner will start at about 1930-2000 and will comprise of a BBQ on the terrace with dessert.
After dinner, much talking and (moderate – of course!) drinks consumption will take place.
Saturday 24th Sept
There are two main strands of events that will be running on the Saturday. The first is for those who are more petrolhead orientated and like to see power machines at play, whilst the second is for those who prefer a more sedate day out.
>Event track 1<
At about 0930-0945 there will be a run-out down to Topcats Racing just outside of Aylesbury for a specially reserved day out where the focus will be on TVRs, Marcoses, Racing cars and other assorted exotica. Ramps will be available throughout the day for inspections as will food, coffee, detailers, various trader stalls and a dyno-ramp (TBC). There will also be various unique TVRs on display and other items yet to be confirmed.
Various technical talks on engines and racing is also being lined up including: –
– Engine conversions to LS (detailed walkthrough)
– Racing talks
– …and others!
Entry to the event will be limited to attendees of the weekend. Topcat specialists will be on hand all day to offer advice or inspections as needed.
A concourse event will also be run through out the day with prizes going to 3 of the best cars on the day.
The event will run till about 1600 or so, then we will do a lazy run back to Wroxall for the evening event.
>Event track 2<
For those not interested in cars or who just want a nice relaxing day, then all the facilities at Wroxall will be available for your use. See here for more information.
There will be other events available, but these are still being arranged, so please expect an update nearer the time.
Once everyone is back from the day, then we will have a special dinner at about 2000 with a charity auction and dance afterwards.
Sunday 25th Sept
The schedule for Sunday is still being arranged.
How much does it cost?
The cost for the event is as follows:-
– Friday night – £85 B&B single occupancy or £95 B&B double occupancy + £20 pp for the BBQ dinner
– Saturday night – £114 DBB single occupancy or £152 DBB double occupancy (includes dinner & dance)
– Sunday night – £85 B&B single occupancy or £95 B&B double occupancy (for those wanting to stay an extra night)
For the Topcats event there will be a £5 pp entry fee for non-TVRCC members and a voluntary contribution for members the proceeds which will go to charity.
Who can come?
Anyone! While the event is focusing primarily on TVRs of the 1999+, anyone is welcome to come – TVR or not, club member or not!
As we ready our venue for the arrival of approximately 200 cars of all makes, models, shapes, sizes and power, we look forward to showing you some of the things that we have going on in our workshop at the moment; TVR LS conversions in progress, completed ones, the infamous 753bhp LS9 Lingenfelter supercharged TVR Sagaris being prepped for the Brighton Speed Trials next weekend, an insane turbocharged Hemi Jeep and a range of other project cars, to which we have worked our magic, that will either be in our workshop or turning up to show off for the event.
We are TVR and Corvette specialists and we specialise in most V8 powered cars. If you want any advice or help with your car, team boss Warren Gilbert will be on hand. Just look for the Topcats shirt!
For the early risers, breakfast bacon or sausage rolls will be ready and waiting and available to purchase when you arrive as will burgers and snacks for the lunchtimers. Free tea, coffee, refreshments and biscuits will be available all morning.
If you haven’t made your mind up what to do this Sunday morning, log on here and sign yourself up! http://www.pistonheads.com/news/general/topcats-racing-sunday-service-28-08/34819
We look forward to seeing you!
As 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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 Sagaris 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……
Brighton 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!
The 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
Our 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.
Topcats 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.
What 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.
We 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!