GMR Supercharged AMV8 Vantage Test Drive Day here on Saturday!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 27-03-2017

GT8 LargeIf you are an Aston Martin V8 Vantage owner or are interested in owning one, you are invited to join us at our Open Day on Saturday from 10am where you will have the opportunity to test drive our 573BHP GMR Supercharged AMV8 Vantage demonstrators. As an added treat, we will have on display, the world’s first GMR Supercharged Aston Martin GT8 which completed it’s installation last week. The GT8 is one of only 150 made and this is one of only 44 residing in the country. A truly rare opportunity to see and hear this unique car.

Take a look at this slick time-lapse video of the GT8’s supercharger installation through to start up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToaWkZM8-wU

If you would like to join us on Saturday, please email charlotte at Topcats Racing and we will add you to our guest list.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Join us on the GMR Stand at the Autosport Show 12-15th January!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 09-01-2017

gmr-engine-bayJoin us on the GMR Stand ….at the Autosport Show 12-15th January!

This year’s Autosport Show marks the anniversary of our first encounter with GMR Superchargers at their stand at Autosport 2016. Our curiosity of their Aston Martin V8 Vantage supercharger rapidly turned into a desire to get involved with their product and within a few weeks we had negotiated with them to appoint us as installers.

At this year’s Autosport Show we are very proud to be joining them on their stand No. 19250 to represent them and the GMR Geyser supercharger system that transforms the lacklustre, underpowered V8 4.3 Vantage into a 583BHP (the 4.7 tops 600BHP!), musclebound challenger for any supercar. Aston-ishingly, it improves fuel economy and reduces wear and tear to the engine through it’s super cool running, thanks to GMR’s Geyser water injected system.

nnoja1drThe media have raved about it and other performance upgrade competitors have tried to find fault and failed. There are many impressive accomplishments to its name; not least on a trip to Nurburgring last year where it slayed AM Test Centre’s own GT4 race car whilst on road tyres and with passenger!

You will be able to view all of GMR’s adventures on their big screen at the stand.

Not only that, GMR’s demonstrator will be at the show waiting outside for you to experience the phenomenal, velvety torque for real.

 

downloadIf you are planning a visit the show, please come and see us. We would love to make you a coffee and show you the beautiful engineering involved to create this wonderful product, along with a range of other optional upgrades to complement the package, including exhaust systems, brakes, manifolds and custom AMV8 Nitron suspension.

 

We look forward to see you there!

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Topcats first of three AMV8 GMR Supercharger installations starts next month!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 21-09-2016

gmr-1Topcats 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.

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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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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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Topcats Racing host Pistonheads Sunday Service on May 31st!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 14-05-2015

20140629_135631 (2)We’ve been sitting on this news for months, busting to let everyone know that we have been chosen as a venue to host the hugely popular Pistonheads Sunday Service on 31st May! It’s a big undertaking as we now share the calendar with the likes of Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Porsche, Mercedes Benz World and Goodwood. No pressure then! Preparations for the event are underway……we’ll put on a great show! All 250 available places were taken within 3-4 hours of the event release going live and there are another 125 cars on the reserve list!

http://www.pistonheads.com/calendar/event.asp?i=57101

 

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Here is where it’s at on Saturday afternoon!!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News | Posted on 25-06-2014

Logo signWhere have you been if you haven’t already heard that we are having the Grand Opening of our brand new custom built 10,000sq.ft workshop at Westcott Venture Park on Saturday from Midday until 5.00pm?!

TVR Car Club Bucks, Herts, Beds, Middlesex, Oxon and Northants are confirmed to attend with the home counties arriving in convoy. Anyone that fancies tagging along can meet up with them at the Crows Nest Pub and Restaurant, Tring Hill, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 4LD from 11am. Also visiting us are the V8UK Club, Marcos Owners Club, Fiat 500 Club and a whole bevvy of beautiful supercars.

We have an exciting Programme of Events for our visitors. We have car competitions along with Favourite Car of the Day voted for by the public. The lucky winners will get a trophy, prizes from Greenwich London Hotel and a Topcats baseball cap! All visitors can enter the competition to win £450 of car enhancement detailing courtesy of Prestige Detail in Luton. Best of all it’s free to enter, you don’t even have to buy a raffle ticket!

Programme of Events

Programme of Events

Parking Plan

Parking Plan

Roar in the Valley! Because power and petrol is in our blood, we just can’t help ourselves; we are going to have a 1 minute Rev Off for all cars that want to take part. Free ear plugs will be supplied for those of a delicate nature!

BBC Top Gears Original Stig, Perry McCarthy will be kicking off proceedings and never fails to entertain the crowd. He will also bring copies of his highly acclaimed and top 20 twenty motorsport books of all time, ‘Flat Out, Flat Broke’ available for purchase at a reduced price and signing.

The highlight of the day will be showing off our incredible new facilities and most of all our very special creation, the TVR Sagaris LS9. Dynoed and mapped yesterday. You’ll have to come to the opening to find out how much punch this unbelievable car has got. We think it is the fastest road going TVR in the world! It will be unveiled and fired up and will hopefully go out for some burnouts just to show off (weather depending).

We have three fantastic local bands playing on our live music stage plus our very own compere for the day to keep us on track.

All visitors will receive a welcome pack with everything they need to take part!

Even if the weather’s a bit shaky, who cares!? We just take the party inside! After all we can get more people in our new workshop than a beach party in Ibiza!

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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