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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Come and join us for some of the most exciting car club events this year!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 19-01-2016

We are very pleased to announce our association with the following clubs and organisations and will be hosting an exciting calendar of events for them at our workshop facility this year.

Sunday, 3rd April V8UK Full Power Launch
Overview: We hosted this event for the first time last year and the turnout was overwhelming! As part of the event a convoy was organised, starting from our workshop. From top to tail it measured over 1.5 miles long! The range of cars that attend are vast and eclectic to say the least with hot rods, TVR’s, Camaro’s, Corvettes, Mustangs, pick-ups and everything in between. This year again we will hold rev-offs and some competitions. New for this year, we will have a mobile dyno to see who will be king of the horsepower….you can bet it will be huge!! Please contact Ralph (ralph@v8uk.com)or Andy (andy@v8uk.com) if you would like to book your car into the dyno competition.
Go to: www.V8UK.com

Saturday, 14th May Corvette Club UK
Overview: We are hosting an event for the club for the first time having established a great customer base with Corvette owners over the last few years. We are well renowned with the Corvette power plant and will have completed our 25th conversion into a TVR road car this month. A number of our Corvette powered machines will be on display as well as some of our customer cars. All Corvette Car Club members are welcome from across the country. If you would like to attend but are not yet a member please contact Mark Eaton on 07542 897905. For further details about the event please contact Thames Valley RO, Alan Lewis on 07887 508021. Go to: www.corvetteclub.org.uk

Saturday, 18th June Supercar Driver – The Supercar Owners Club
Overview: Our first time hosting this event, we are pleased to be included this year into the clubs highly exclusive calendar of events. The event is open to members of the club only. Please check out their qualifying car list to see if your car is eligible in order to become a member. Go to: http://www.supercar-driver.com

Saturday, 9th July Big Bad Wedgefest
Overview: This event has been going since 2004! The greatest wedges of them all, SEAC’s, 400SE’s, 350i’s, 280i’s from our greatest British bulldog, TVR! Still a huge following for these cars, we look forward to seeing the largest gathering of Wedges this year! All TVR’s are of course welcome! For more details, please contact Mark Webb on 07758 131705 or email: tvrmark@outlook.com

Sunday, 28th August Pistonheads Sunday Service
Overview: We are pleased to host this event for the 2nd year running. Pistonheads are the world’s biggest online motoring magazine. Their ‘Sunday Service’ calendar of events have an enormous following from owners of all types of sports and performance cars. You need to be a member and it is free to join but you must book your slot to be able to attend. Places to our event were limited to 300 cars last year and it was fully booked within a day! Keep your eyes peeled for the release and get your name down quick! Go to: www.pistonheads.com

Saturday, 24th September TVR Noughties
A brand new event launching this year for the later model ‘T’ car TVR’s incl. Sagaris, T350, Tamora and Tuscan. Organised by the TVRCC Bucks, Herts, Beds and Surrey region but open to all TVR owners from across the country and promoted by TVRCC as a whole. There will be an exciting range of activities and displays incl. dyno runs, trade stands, competitions etc. The day will be part of a weekend package incl. overnight hotel stay. If you would like further information, please contact TVRCC Regional Organiser, Alex Gray on: alex_gray255@yahoo.com

All of the events will have food and refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events this year!

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TVR reveals full potency of its Cosworth engineered V8 for 2017 car launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 15-10-2015

TVR's Les Edgar (R) and John Chasey (L)

TVR’s Les Edgar (R) and John Chasey (L)

With orders of the new TVR totalling just short of 300, as of Monday this week, since TVR Manufacturing opened their order book in July this year, more exciting news has been released to confirm details of the 2017 cars power plant.

To further encourage potential owners who may be sitting on the fence awaiting more concrete information, the dyno tests for TVR’s new Cosworth engineered Ford Coyote V8 far exceeded expectations when its torque output forced the test equipment to shut down and had to be reconfigured. AUTOCARs news feature and footage from the dyno test can be viewed here:  http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/tvr-fires-v8-confirms-le-mans-2017-plans-exclusive-videos

With TVR’s scheduled release of its first road going cars to customers in mid 2017, it will surely be the UK automotive industries most significant moment in the past few years. If the general public haven’t already heard the news of our great British icon, TVR and its return, they will by then!

For the customer whose finger is still hovering over the ‘submit’ button, deposits are guaranteed if you pay by card. TVR are so confident too that if, when they release the images of the car, you don’t like it there is a no quibble return of your deposit. There is the added bonus too for TVR Car Club Members that they only need lay down £2500 deposit (half the normal £5000 deposit required).

Ready? Click on the link to join the others who can’t wait for 2017!! https://tvr.co.uk/deposit/topcats

HeritageTVR Network Performance logoTopcats Racing are TVR Network Members. Please contact us if  you would like any further information.

 

 

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A very busy Morning on the Ramps!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 13-10-2015

IMG_7954We had a fantastic morning on Saturday when we welcomed 40 TVR’s, Corvettes and other sports cars to our Morning on the Ramps event. The ramps where busy from 9am until lunchtime to give car owners the opportunity to get a good look at their cars from underneath and our engineers were able to offer advice on repairs and upgrades, answer any questions and locate any faults or issues with the car.
All owners who had there cars inspected received a comprehensive inspection report by email that they can now keep for their records.
Visitors were free to wander around our workshop and cars and enjoy breakfast and refreshments with other car owners and enthusiasts. We are pleased that our free Topcats Car Club membership was so well received and they will all go on to enjoy the many benefits of becoming a member.

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

 

Owing to the success of the event we will hold another one next year with date to be announced.
Pictures courtesy of Britcar reporter and photographer, Chris Valentine.

 

 

 

 

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

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3 great things going on at Topcats Racing that are sure to entice all car enthusiasts!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 07-10-2015

IMG_7951A Morning on the Ramps!

We are 3 days away from our Morning on the Ramps event at our custom built workshop at Westcott Venture Park, Westcott, Near Aylesbury this Saturday from 9am-1pm. We have a few slots remaining if you want us to put your car up on the ramp for an inspection with one of our engineers and it will give you the chance to ask advice if you have any concerns or plans for the car. If you enjoy doing some maintenance on the car yourself and are unsure on some of the how to’s, ask away!

Booking your car on the ramp is not obligatory, please come and see us if you just fancy a drive out, a bit of socialising and a wander around our workshop and cars on display!

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be in plentiful supply free of charge and delicious, hot bacon rolls will be available at £1.50 each.

 

Topcats Racing Car Club Membership

Our Topcats Racing Car Club key fob membership cards are now ready and will be available to guests attending our event on Saturday as well as all our existing customers. Membership is free and valid for life. Members will enjoy 10% discount on labour (usually £58+VAT per hour) if they book their car in for work before the end of March 2016 and will continue to receive the discount throughout 2016.*

Members will also receive exclusive offers and benefits varying from discounts on services to tickets to events.

 

Saturday DIY Ramps!

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening two DIY ramps on Saturday mornings, initially between 9am and 1pm. A calendar of dates will be set to fit in when the team are not away racing and customers will be able to book ramp time by the hour at £20 per hour including the use of tools. One of our engineers will be around to get the cars on the ramps and will remain in the background to ensure customers are OK. We will let you know when we are able to expand the service.

If you have questions regarding any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us on 01296 655109 or email charlotte@topcatsracing.com

Weather looks good for Saturday so should be a great turnout. See you there!

 

*Does not include our very competitive fixed price service menu, body repairs, MOT or LS engine conversions, however, these services, if booked before end of March, will entitle you to the 10% discount for future work. Our current labour rate is £58+VAT per hour. Labour rate will remain fixed until at least April 2016.

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A morning on the Ramps! – Saturday 10th, October

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 15-09-2015

photo cars on ramp 1Come and join us on Saturday, 10th October from 9.00am until 1.00pm at Topcats Racing’s 10,000sq.ft custom built workshop where you will have the opportunity to put your car up on one of our ramps for a free inspection with one of our engineers who have been servicing and engineering TVR’s and prestige sports cars since 2002 as well as engineering our ‘state of the art’ race cars.
Workshop ready for FPLThe ramps will be made available for the duration of the event and drivers will be able to inspect their car with the engineer, ask questions and get expert advice as well as tips for those who like to do some car maintenance themselves.
Once we have an idea of how many would like to join our event we will open a booking form so that drivers can choose a slot.
Please email me at charlotte@topcatsracing.com if you would like to book.
An event will be opened on our Facebook page: Topcatsracing and friends will be invited to attend. If you plan to join us, it would help us if you could respond.

Those that are waiting, just visiting or have already had their car inspected can enjoy refreshments and bacon rolls from our Mezzanine café or enjoy a wander around some of the exciting project, customer and race cars we will have on display including Steve Glynn’s TVR Sagaris which is currently leading the championship overall in the Britcar Trophy.

PHSSTopcatsracing_03[1]All visitors to the event will receive a Topcats Club Membership Card.
If our club member books their car for any work with Topcats Racing before the end of March 2016 it will entitle the holder to a 10% discount on labour* including the initial booking until the end of 2016. Discount will be applied to all repair and maintenance work, rebuilds incl. V8 engines, gearboxes and diffs, car set up and upgrades.
Our customers who have had work done by Topcats Racing since 1st September 2014 will automatically receive Club Membership and 10% discount.
We plan to introduce additional benefits and offers to our members throughout the year which will be announced through our website: www.topcatsracing.com (you will need to subscribe if you would like to receive notifications and news) and on our facebook page: Topcatsracing.
Cars outside workshopWe look forward to seeing you then!

*Does not include our very competitive fixed price service menu, body repairs, MOT or LS engine conversions, however, they will entitle you to the 10% discount for future work. Our current labour rate is £58+VAT per hour. Labour rate will remain fixed until at least April 2016.

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Topcats Racing take their first referral orders for the brand new TVR launching in 2017!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 08-07-2015

The perfect combination

The perfect combination

Since the exciting news that TVR are now taking deposits, as of yesterday, prior to the launch of their first brand new car in 2017, if that news wasn’t enough, there is still more to incentivise new customers. With the excitement and anticipation surrounding it’s imminent arrival, the response from customers has been overwhelming, prompting TVR to open the books early and take deposits from those who are chomping at the bit to be the first owners of a car that will take the sports car market by storm!

Once customers are on the list they will have the option to choose the Launch Edition, or LE, which will be a limited run with extra specification and special features at a discounted price against the usual list price for that specification, to celebrate the marque’s return to production in its 70th birthday year.

TVR are rewarding loyal TVR owners too. Anyone who has been a member of the TVRCC for more tham 6 months will be entitled to pay a reduced deposit of just £2500 instead of £5000 with the promise of some of the first cars to be released and are likely to be much coveted. This offer lasts until the end of July so you’ll have to move fast!

TVR are at pains to make clear that customers deposits are safe and that TVR are here stay but if that isn’t reassurance enough customers have the option to pay by credit card, thus your payment will be guaranteed by the credit card company.

As members of the TVR Network, Topcats Racing have already taken 4 orders on referral on behalf of customers and welcome further enquiries. If you wish us to assist you with help and advice on a potential purchase we will be very happy to hear from you!

So, what are you waiting for!?…..

 

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Topcats at Paul Ricard for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Round 3!

Posted by | Posted in Main, Racing News | Posted on 18-06-2015

logo_motorstv_simple_0Please set your TV reminders to Motors TV for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo at Paul Ricard in France this weekend! Topcats are there to try and win the Gallardo class after narrowly missing out on a win at Silverstone in May with driver Neil Huggins. It will be a tougher challenge this time around though being on foreign soil and a circuit that neither team or driver have been to before. Sat. 20th: 11.45am and 1.15pm Sun.21st: 9.10am and 2.00pm

https://uk.motorstv.com/tv-guide/day/2015-06-20

 

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TVR join forces with Gordon Murray Designs and Cosworth as they Roar Back!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 03-06-2015

Les Edgar and Gordon Murray

Les Edgar and Gordon Murray

News was released late last night direct from TVR that will now silence the doubters as to the return of the iconic British sports car manufacturer. This jewel-encrusted revelation cites the production of its new cars in 2017 in collaboration with non other than Gordon Murray Designs using their iStream technology and Cosworth! Quite simply, this is fantastic news for all who share a love for the marque. I am sure that you will join us is putting the full force of our support behind, Les Edgar and his team, Gordon Murray Designs and Cosworth for the future. Please follow the link to read more: http://tvr.co.uk/noise/newcar ‪#‎TVR‬ ‪#‎GordonMurrayDesigns‬ ‪#‎Cosworth‬ ‪#‎RoaringBack

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