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!
Today 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.
The 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.
Many 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: email@example.com
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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!
As we near the V8UK Full Power Launch on Sunday 12th April, we can confirm that a fabulous 20 mile convoy route through the Buckinghamshire countryside, all with left hand turns only to keep the convoy together and some strategically placed people at the junctions to ensure a continuous flow from the Topcats workshop has been set. To record the occasion we will have not only a helicopter but also a drone to film the full length of the convoy before it sets off. We have a 1 1/2 mile avenue on a private estate to enable us to get all cars into formation. We will have a range of V8 products on display including engines on stands, upgrades and parts for your car. Photographer artist, Richard Duckham will be on hand to take photos of your pride and joy and work his magic to make it look truly spectacular. You will be able to purchase the images from a range of different formats incl. banners and canvases. Competitions and prizes will be awarded by the V8UK Club. A catering unit will be here to sell bacon rolls in the morning and fish and chips and burgers for lunch! Free tea and coffee until finishing time at about 2pm. Let’s see how long we can make this convoy! See you there!
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Topcats Racing have two more Chevy LS engine conversions underway, which indicates that owners understand just why this conversion makes so much sense, from both a cost and performance perspective.
Included in the conversion is a brand new ‘crate’ LS engine with custom exhaust headers coupled to an upgraded brand new TKO600 gearbox to handle the increase in power. A new clutch, flywheel and starter motor round up the package.
The major advantage over an upgrade of the original engine is that the cost of the new engine can potentially be offset against the sale of the original engine and gearbox. Once the conversion is complete, owners will be able to reduce their maintenance costs dramatically over the duration of ownership and will allow drivers to enjoy their cars to the full without the limitations and stress of engine reliability and maintenance.