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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