Huge and Thunderous Full Power Launch 2016!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 04-04-2016

IMG_8630What 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.

IMG_8617We 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!

 

 

 

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Countdown to Full Power Launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 11-03-2016

Just 2 weeks until we host our 2nd Full Power Launch for the V8UK Club on Sunday, 3rd April from 9am until 1pm. Last year we had a ball! The convoy that we ran from our facilities was 1 1/2 miles long from nose to tail through beautiful, winding countryside. The number and range of cars that arrived was spectacular and again this year we will have our own exotic range of race and road cars on display. New this year will be the dyno run to test the most (and least!) powerful cars for those that have booked a slot. Please check with V8UK if you would like to book depending on availability.
There will be a number of awards for competitions; favourite car etc.
Bacon and sausage rolls, burgers etc. will be available to purchase on site.Refreshments will be complimentary. Accuweather predicts a dry and sunny day, just like last year so fingers crossed. We look forward to welcoming you on the 3rd April!

Directions:
Topcats Racing
Endurance House
1020, Westcott Venture Park
Westcott
Nr. Aylesbury
Bucks. HP18 0XB / 0NP – Location depends on your SatNav system as some will take you to other places nearby. Please check on Google maps for location before you set off. (A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester).

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that we are located on a private estate with CCTV covering the road infrastructure throughout. Please respect the speed limits and driving etiquette required. Tyre marks from donuts in other businesses car parks are hard to explain on Monday morning! Good feedback means that we can continue to host here. Thank you.

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More reasons to order your Limited Edition TVR at no extra cost before the order book closes!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 22-01-2016

tvwwebnewNow that we have entered the realms of 2016, the launch of the new TVR is tantalisingly close.

Whilst detailing of the car continues, the latest rendering of the new car looks excitingly true to its word that TVR’s unmistakable DNA will live on.

TVR lover’s hearts will have skipped a beat to receive much longed for news from TVR HQ just before Christmas with further positive news that will undoubtedly be provocative for potential new owners.

Followers and enthusiasts will already know the confirmed construction methods, utilising Gordon Murrays revolutionary i-Stream technology which offers incredible strength and rigidity whilst also extremely lightweight. This makes for a car that will benefit from less wear and tear on components thus reducing running costs, greater performance and fuel economy.

TVR are going another step further though. Whilst the order book remains open for customers even before final details of the car have been announced, and yes there is a certain amount of faith but no risk to buyers deposits involved, TVR have confirmed that those who do place their order before the order book closes will receive their car with the iStream Carbon variant that will be even lighter and stronger and at no extra cost. All customers who place their order before the closing date get the up-spec’d car.

Potential buyers who have not yet committed and are not just looking from the heart but towards future values must surely be giving this more serious consideration.

The punchline, Christmas has been and gone and we are well into the new year. Time will fly almost as fast as the car and TVR have announced that by mid 2016 they will be confirming the location of their new factory, body styling and pricing. This will be the point too at which they will confirm a closing date for the ‘no extra cost’ LE car. Once closed, order confirmations and queue positions will be given to the buyers.

To learn more about iStream Technology

To learn more about iStream Carbon

tvwwebnewIf you are ready to place your order or have any questions, please contact us on 01296 655109 or email info@topcatsracing.com.
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Come and join us for some of the most exciting car club events this year!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 19-01-2016

We are very pleased to announce our association with the following clubs and organisations and will be hosting an exciting calendar of events for them at our workshop facility this year.

Sunday, 3rd April V8UK Full Power Launch
Overview: We hosted this event for the first time last year and the turnout was overwhelming! As part of the event a convoy was organised, starting from our workshop. From top to tail it measured over 1.5 miles long! The range of cars that attend are vast and eclectic to say the least with hot rods, TVR’s, Camaro’s, Corvettes, Mustangs, pick-ups and everything in between. This year again we will hold rev-offs and some competitions. New for this year, we will have a mobile dyno to see who will be king of the horsepower….you can bet it will be huge!! Please contact Ralph (ralph@v8uk.com)or Andy (andy@v8uk.com) if you would like to book your car into the dyno competition.
Go to: www.V8UK.com

Saturday, 14th May Corvette Club UK
Overview: We are hosting an event for the club for the first time having established a great customer base with Corvette owners over the last few years. We are well renowned with the Corvette power plant and will have completed our 25th conversion into a TVR road car this month. A number of our Corvette powered machines will be on display as well as some of our customer cars. All Corvette Car Club members are welcome from across the country. If you would like to attend but are not yet a member please contact Mark Eaton on 07542 897905. For further details about the event please contact Thames Valley RO, Alan Lewis on 07887 508021. Go to: www.corvetteclub.org.uk

Saturday, 18th June Supercar Driver – The Supercar Owners Club
Overview: Our first time hosting this event, we are pleased to be included this year into the clubs highly exclusive calendar of events. The event is open to members of the club only. Please check out their qualifying car list to see if your car is eligible in order to become a member. Go to: http://www.supercar-driver.com

Saturday, 9th July Big Bad Wedgefest
Overview: This event has been going since 2004! The greatest wedges of them all, SEAC’s, 400SE’s, 350i’s, 280i’s from our greatest British bulldog, TVR! Still a huge following for these cars, we look forward to seeing the largest gathering of Wedges this year! All TVR’s are of course welcome! For more details, please contact Mark Webb on 07758 131705 or email: tvrmark@outlook.com

Sunday, 28th August Pistonheads Sunday Service
Overview: We are pleased to host this event for the 2nd year running. Pistonheads are the world’s biggest online motoring magazine. Their ‘Sunday Service’ calendar of events have an enormous following from owners of all types of sports and performance cars. You need to be a member and it is free to join but you must book your slot to be able to attend. Places to our event were limited to 300 cars last year and it was fully booked within a day! Keep your eyes peeled for the release and get your name down quick! Go to: www.pistonheads.com

Saturday, 24th September TVR Noughties
A brand new event launching this year for the later model ‘T’ car TVR’s incl. Sagaris, T350, Tamora and Tuscan. Organised by the TVRCC Bucks, Herts, Beds and Surrey region but open to all TVR owners from across the country and promoted by TVRCC as a whole. There will be an exciting range of activities and displays incl. dyno runs, trade stands, competitions etc. The day will be part of a weekend package incl. overnight hotel stay. If you would like further information, please contact TVRCC Regional Organiser, Alex Gray on: alex_gray255@yahoo.com

All of the events will have food and refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you to our events this year!

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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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TVR reveals full potency of its Cosworth engineered V8 for 2017 car launch!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 15-10-2015

TVR's Les Edgar (R) and John Chasey (L)

TVR’s Les Edgar (R) and John Chasey (L)

With orders of the new TVR totalling just short of 300, as of Monday this week, since TVR Manufacturing opened their order book in July this year, more exciting news has been released to confirm details of the 2017 cars power plant.

To further encourage potential owners who may be sitting on the fence awaiting more concrete information, the dyno tests for TVR’s new Cosworth engineered Ford Coyote V8 far exceeded expectations when its torque output forced the test equipment to shut down and had to be reconfigured. AUTOCARs news feature and footage from the dyno test can be viewed here:  http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/tvr-fires-v8-confirms-le-mans-2017-plans-exclusive-videos

With TVR’s scheduled release of its first road going cars to customers in mid 2017, it will surely be the UK automotive industries most significant moment in the past few years. If the general public haven’t already heard the news of our great British icon, TVR and its return, they will by then!

For the customer whose finger is still hovering over the ‘submit’ button, deposits are guaranteed if you pay by card. TVR are so confident too that if, when they release the images of the car, you don’t like it there is a no quibble return of your deposit. There is the added bonus too for TVR Car Club Members that they only need lay down £2500 deposit (half the normal £5000 deposit required).

Ready? Click on the link to join the others who can’t wait for 2017!! https://tvr.co.uk/deposit/topcats

HeritageTVR Network Performance logoTopcats Racing are TVR Network Members. Please contact us if  you would like any further information.

 

 

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A very busy Morning on the Ramps!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 13-10-2015

IMG_7954We had a fantastic morning on Saturday when we welcomed 40 TVR’s, Corvettes and other sports cars to our Morning on the Ramps event. The ramps where busy from 9am until lunchtime to give car owners the opportunity to get a good look at their cars from underneath and our engineers were able to offer advice on repairs and upgrades, answer any questions and locate any faults or issues with the car.
All owners who had there cars inspected received a comprehensive inspection report by email that they can now keep for their records.
Visitors were free to wander around our workshop and cars and enjoy breakfast and refreshments with other car owners and enthusiasts. We are pleased that our free Topcats Car Club membership was so well received and they will all go on to enjoy the many benefits of becoming a member.

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

 

Owing to the success of the event we will hold another one next year with date to be announced.
Pictures courtesy of Britcar reporter and photographer, Chris Valentine.

 

 

 

 

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

Topcats Racing open day, 10 Oct 2015

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3 great things going on at Topcats Racing that are sure to entice all car enthusiasts!

Posted by | Posted in Latest News, Main | Posted on 07-10-2015

IMG_7951A Morning on the Ramps!

We are 3 days away from our Morning on the Ramps event at our custom built workshop at Westcott Venture Park, Westcott, Near Aylesbury this Saturday from 9am-1pm. We have a few slots remaining if you want us to put your car up on the ramp for an inspection with one of our engineers and it will give you the chance to ask advice if you have any concerns or plans for the car. If you enjoy doing some maintenance on the car yourself and are unsure on some of the how to’s, ask away!

Booking your car on the ramp is not obligatory, please come and see us if you just fancy a drive out, a bit of socialising and a wander around our workshop and cars on display!

Tea, coffee and refreshments will be in plentiful supply free of charge and delicious, hot bacon rolls will be available at £1.50 each.

 

Topcats Racing Car Club Membership

Our Topcats Racing Car Club key fob membership cards are now ready and will be available to guests attending our event on Saturday as well as all our existing customers. Membership is free and valid for life. Members will enjoy 10% discount on labour (usually £58+VAT per hour) if they book their car in for work before the end of March 2016 and will continue to receive the discount throughout 2016.*

Members will also receive exclusive offers and benefits varying from discounts on services to tickets to events.

 

Saturday DIY Ramps!

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening two DIY ramps on Saturday mornings, initially between 9am and 1pm. A calendar of dates will be set to fit in when the team are not away racing and customers will be able to book ramp time by the hour at £20 per hour including the use of tools. One of our engineers will be around to get the cars on the ramps and will remain in the background to ensure customers are OK. We will let you know when we are able to expand the service.

If you have questions regarding any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us on 01296 655109 or email charlotte@topcatsracing.com

Weather looks good for Saturday so should be a great turnout. See you there!

 

*Does not include our very competitive fixed price service menu, body repairs, MOT or LS engine conversions, however, these services, if booked before end of March, 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 team driver Steve Glynn wins Britcar Trophy Championship 2015!

Posted by | Posted in Britcar Post Race Reports, Latest News, Racing News | Posted on 05-10-2015

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Britcar Trophy Champion Steve Glynn

Britcar Trophy Champion Steve Glynn

Topcats Racing are pleased to announce that their team driver Steve Glynn won the Britcar Trophy Championship at the final race of the season at Thruxton on Saturday in the TVR Sagaris.

Topcats Racing took over the running and preparation of the car before the start of this season with an overhaul and converting from LS3 to LS7 power ready to mount a serious challenge for the championship.

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Picture courtesy of Peter Blake

At the last race of the season , Glynn was on top form despite impending operations on damaged shoulder muscles! Wrestling a car with 500+hp and no power steering around Britain’s fastest and bumpiest circuit singled him out as this year’s deserving champion.

Podium for race 2

Podium for race 2

Glynn finished 5th overall in race one after suffering a tyre blow at 150mph putting paid to his chances of a win but an outright win in race two only served to prove his status.

Glynn will have revelled too in the fact that he beat his two Topcats Racing team owners Charlotte and Warren Gilbert sharing a car each with Jon Harrison and Rob Wilson respectively in their sister Marcos Mantis GT cars in the same class.

Duo, Gilbert and Harrison (car 54) failed to finish race one with a broken output shaft before Gilbert could to take over from Harrison.

Warren Gilbert leads

Warren Gilbert leads

Gilbert and Wilson in the sister car (60) were on point and finished second overall to the Class 1 Riley Daytona Prototype.

With Charlotte Gilbert starting race 2 from the back of the grid following race 1’s DNF, she made a great start managing to make her way back up to 3rd overall in time to hand over to Jon Harrison who maintained position to the chequered flag.

Warren Gilbert started from P2 on the grid behind the Riley, determined to pass the Riley for leading glory, maintained the lead for a lap and a half only to half spin at Noble, lose 3 places, regather and repass to catch back up with the Riley.

Wilson and Gilbert Race 1

Wilson and Gilbert Race 1

The Riley soon retired and Gilbert found himself leading the race as he pitted to hand over to Wilson. Wilson’s run didn’t last long as he too suffered a puncture dropping them down the board to finish 4th overall.

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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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