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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Chevrolet LS conversion No.25 under way!

Posted by | Posted in Conversions, Latest News | Posted on 26-11-2015

LS3 engineToday we have started on our latest Chevrolet LS engine conversion. It will be our 25th conversion for a TVR. The client has opted for an LS3 engine with Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed gearbox which makes a big difference to fuel economy.
With our engineers only returning yesterday from racing at Sebring in America, the engine has already been removed and all the major components are ready to be installed. The client has already sold the outgoing Speed Six engine and gearbox which of course is offset against the cost of the conversion.

Included in the cost of the conversion and all brand new are, LS engine and run kit, gearbox and bellhousing, clutch, ECU, braided Goodridge hoses throughout, alternator, starter motor, oil cooler and mapping. There are multiple other parts and fabrications included which would take too long to list here but please contact us if you would like to know more.
We DO NOT modify or cut into the chassis at all as it is very important to us to preserve the integrity of the car. This would also allow the owner to retro fit the Speed Six back into the car if wanted.
Converting to LS power frees the owner of 12k mile tappet servicing, potential engine failure, clutch finger failure, slave cylinder failure and left hand engine mount failure.

Colin Harts carThe conversion is what we term, ‘drive-in/drive-out’. Once the engine has been installed and mapped, the client collects his car and from then on only basic servicing at a fraction of the price is required compared to the servicing and running costs of the Speed Six.
For owners of the LS conversion, they no longer need to go through the ritual of engine warming before driving the car nor do they need to listen out for strange or different engine noises.
Owners can enjoy the huge and wonderful linear delivery of power that the LS engine offers up at the press of the throttle pedal. LS3 will deliver 460+BHP as standard with the LS7 giving 565+BHP. For the most demanding of our customers we have even completed a Lingenfelter LS9 conversion pushing out an incredible 753BHP! Conversely, the driver can enjoy the smoothness of the engine at cruising speed and for urban driving. With a 5 or six speed gearbox it is surprisingly fuel efficient.

New gearbox etc for LS3 ConversionMany of our customer LS conversions compete in hillclimbs, sprints and speed trials as well as events at Nurburgring, Spa, Isle of Man and most of Europe. Even with long distance journeys and hard competition driving, there have been no issues with reliability.
Bear in mind that four of our race cars are LS powered and have raced and finished 24 hour races every year as well as competing in full seasons of racing too! The engines have been proven and tested to the limit for the last 10 years. In fact, we ran the LS7 TVR Sagaris driven by Steve Glynn that won Britcar Trophy this year.
If you would like more information or would like to come and have a look at our latest conversion in progress, please contact Warren Gilbert on 07850 698700 or email: warren@topcatsracing.com

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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 Racing join the new TVR Network!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 26-05-2015

HeritageWith exciting new developments happening at TVR Manufacturing and the launch of their TVR Heritage and Performance Network, we are pleased to confirm that we are a TVR Manufacturing Network Member and are listed for both Heritage and Performance categories.

PerformanceWhilst nothing changes for our customers, it will help us to continue to offer great service and value for money for the care of our customers TVR’s and affirms us as one of the leading TVR specialists in the UK.

We are proud to be recognised by TVR Manufacturing and look forward to the future with them.

Please go to the following link to view our profile: http://tvr.co.uk/network/members/24/profile

 

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Sell your car with us or to us….or store it with us!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 04-12-2014

Storage 2If you are considering selling your TVR, Topcats Racing have the expertise, excellent reputation and superb brand new custom built facilities to market your car as SOR or we’ll buy it from you. We are open 6 days a week and no appointment is necessary if you would like to come and visit us. Alternatively, if you just want to safely store your car in our clean, dry unit, our storage rate is £15 per week and for managed storage incl. trickle charging and weekly engine run up is £20 per week. We currently have a handful of spaces remaining. Our facilities are located in Buckinghamshire within a 24hr guarded security park, infra red camera detection and state of the art alarm system to ensure that your pride and joy is well protected. If you would like to talk to us please contact Warren on 01296655109.

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Autumn special offer for your P & J!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 19-09-2014

Autoglym bottles If you book in for a service or repair on your car by the 31st October, Topcats Racing are offering a special 10% discount on servicing and repairs for all models of TVR, Marcos, Aston Martin, Lotus, Mercedes, Ferrari, Maserati  and all sports and performance cars.
That’s not all. New and existing customers will receive a full top to bottom vehicle check absolutely free of charge.
Not done yet. On top of that we are giving away Autoglym gift packs to every customer including a 500ml bottle of Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner and 1 litre bottle of Super Resin Polish!
And for the finishing touch? When you collect your car it will be washed, cleaned and polished inside and out. Gleaming, beautiful and waiting for you centre stage in our brand new 10,000sq.ft workshop facility.
Just call us and mention ‘ Topcats Autumn Special’ when you book and we’ll take care of the rest! See More

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Topcats Racing LS7 T350 – With respect, we say Pahhh! to the purists.

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 24-10-2013

Goes like one!

Since Topcats Racing completed the conversion of their T350 with the now revered LS7 engine in November 2012, its purpose was to demonstrate to clients its performance, above all, but also to show how tractable and even relaxing it could be when the driver wants it to be.

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LS7 Sagaris is out on first test run……..to Spain!

Posted by | Posted in Conversions, Latest News, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 13-05-2010

Topcats Racing Sagaris LS7

Topcats Racing and owner Paul Black, don’t believe in doing things by half. Not one thing has been compromised on the newly converted LS7 Sagaris and neither has its first journey to Banus in Spain in a convoy of supercars (with the power to weight ratios confirmed, we already know the Sagaris will outperform every one of them). Paul is driving all the way from his home in Solihull to catch the ferry to Spain and onwards to the Southern Spanish circuit…..the day after he collected it from the team.

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Sagaris LS7 engine almost ready for first fire-up!

Posted by | Posted in Conversions, Latest News, Service and Upgrades News | Posted on 30-04-2010

Gearbox Mount LS7

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