Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015
The Annual TVR Noughties event is on this Saturday, 23rd September at Topcats Racing from 10am!
All TVR’s are welcome to join us and the Bucks, Herts and Middx TVR Car Club for breakfast, courtesy of the team. Enjoy bacon rolls, pastries, tea, coffee and refreshments in our custom built workshop facility at Westcott Venture Park near Aylesbury, Bucks. You don’t have to be a car club member.
Once refreshed, why not benefit from a free ramp inspection with one of our engineers who will give your car a full top to bottom inspection, including a detailed report for your records.
We will of course have a range of cars on display in our 10,000sq.ft workshop to peruse and we will have a number of prizes to give away including a prize for the loudest car (using MSA approved monitor). There will be some exciting competitive challenges, pit stop style and a race simulator challenge with prizes for those who can beat a lap time that will be set on the morning by a 10 year old around Donington Park circuit! It will be harder to beat than you think!
As a TVR Network Member we will have lots of information and details on display and for you to take away for the new and fabulous TVR Griffith!
We will round the day off with the prize giving and for those who are continuing their day with the TVR Car Club will depart in convoy to the Coventry Motor Museum.
To find us, please don’t rely solely on your Sat Nav as the site is formerly MOD and the postcode can send you up the wrong road. Please check out our location on Google maps before you depart.
We are located just off the A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester. Follow the sign for Westcott from the A41 and the turning for Westcott Venture Park is almost immediately on your right.
We look forward to welcoming you on the 23rd!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to wish all our customers and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have chosen to send an e-version of our Christmas card this year. As the tragedy continues in Syria we have donated money to www.syriarelief.org.uk/aid-for-syria
From all of us at Topcats Racing!
Picture courtesy of Richard Duckham. duckhamphotography.com
Tuscan Champion 2009
Sam Head departs one British marque to join Topcats Racing in another. After an illustrious few years racing TVR’s, Head has confirmed that his racing seat will now be in the rival Marcos Mantis Class 2 race car.
Topcats Racing are pleased to announce that Sam Head, who put on a good show for the team in the penultimate round of Britcar at Donington last year, has confirmed he will be campaigning a full season with the team in a bid to win the championship this year in the Marcos Mantis.
Head wants to up the profile in his racing career and to win the championship in Britcar would allow him to reach a level that will satisfy his competitive nature. Head spent many years racing on two wheels in motocross, then moving on to four wheels in a TVR Tasmin, winning the TVR championship in 2007. Head upgraded to a Tuscan Challenge race car and won the TVR Championship in 2009. Head went on to race the Glynnsport TVR Sagaris in 2010.
We would like to wish him all the best for this season.