Making the most of the lockdown

working on carSo here we are in the midst of an unprecedented change to our everyday lives.

There are many upsides to spending more time at home, especially for car enthusiasts. More time at home means more time to plough into your project or kit car projects.

Get in the garage

So if you own a garage then lockdown shouldn’t be a problem for you. You can continue with your project as normal with little to no disruption from the outside word. Lock yourself away and get that project finished once and for all. No excuses.

Plan, Plan, Plan

One of the best things about quarantine is an abundance of time to think and reflect. If you are just starting out on a project car this is a great opportunity. For example, if you want to rebuild the engine, now is the time to sit down and decide what your application will be before you start buying parts (i.e. drag racing vs. Sunday cruising). From this you can make a plan of what you want to achieve and what you will need.

Order Online

Many online retailers are still open. The economy still needs to continue so spending online is a great way of helping this tick along. Do however expect some delay in delivery times as logistics services are focusing on essential items.

We would like to reassure our customers that we are currently open for online orders and these will be processed as normal. Click here to shop

 

 

Top car games to play whilst self isolating

In a time when we are not supposed to leave our house, what is a car fanatic supposed to do?

Well now might be the time to start planning your next project or if you would like a more relaxed isolation then why not turn to your games console.

To help out we have given you a roundup of the best car games on off.

Forza Motorsport 7

Format: Xbox One and PC

Pros: The best thing about Forza Motorsport 7? It is so vast in its options it’s practically impossible to drive every configuration.

Forza Motorsport’s PC debut marks it as the most feature-heavy and malleable of racing game. The addition of dynamic weather effects transforms the usual game of memorising tracks into one of hazard perception and a test of reactions. Night tracks slowly transition to dawn, sunlight filling out pitch black darkness while Forza looks and plays better than ever.

Cons: Old fashioned reward system and a few inconsistent performance problems.

 

Project CARS 2

Format: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Pros: Featuring 180+ elite brand race and road cars Project Cars 2 is another feature rich game. With full 24-hour cycle with real-time atmospheric conditions & seasonal ambience you get a true to life experience. Real-world-derived career progression also gives the game purpose where needed.

Cons:  This one isn’t great for beginners or casual racers. Due to its hyper-realism prepare to spin out, lose control and go flying into walls.

iRacing

Format: PC

Pros: With its regular online racing leagues and meticulous car and track modelling, iRacing is as close to real racing as you can get on the PC.

Cons: Unfortunately the one downside to this game is that it has no meaningful single-player component. With its subscription fees and live tournament scheduling, it requires significant investment.

 

F1 2018

Format: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, PC (Microsoft Windows + iOS)

Pros: F1 2018 is the official video game of the 2018 Formula One World Championship developed and published by Codemasters.  It’s a chance to place yourself in the racing boots of a motorsport superstar and engage in rivalries, contract negotiations, car development plans and race strategy.

Cons: The race overlays can be overwhelming, even on the novice difficulty settings.

 

GRID Autosport

Format: Android, Nintendo Switch, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC (Microsoft Windows, macOS)

Pros: Autosport is Codemasters’ easiest, most entry-level track racing game. The car handling is very forgiving, but with just enough fight in it to teach you the basics of corner-braking and throttle-control.

Cons: The AI, meanwhile, is surprisingly effective, driving fast, pushing you on the corners, and capitalising on every error or loss of nerve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open for online orders!

We know that many of our customers will have questions regarding how our business is operating at this difficult time. Most importantly we would like to reassure our customers that we are currently open for online orders and these will be processed as normal.

As we have been moving through this last week we have been keeping up to date with the official advice and guidance. Where possible our employees are now working from home as advised. Only after ensuring that proper social distancing measures can be undertaken we have decided it is safe for our stock to be packed and distributed accordingly.

Like many other online companies, we would like to remind customers that due to this outbreak deliveries may be slightly delayed. This is out of our control and completely relies on the logistics involved in getting items to you. From a business perspective, orders will be processed as they have always been.

Finally, we would like to wish all our customers good health. Stay safe, Stay healthy.

Useful Hose Components

hose componentsWithin our online shop you will find a large selection of very useful parts and components for your silicone or rubber hoses and aluminium pipes. All manufactured to a very high-quality standard, manufactured to our exacting specification these parts are very hard to find, and very handy to have around.

We supply the following:

– Hose blanking plugs: designed to push inside a hose and provide a strong secure seal in any silicone hose, without slipping out.

– Pipe Blanking caps: Specially designed cover / dust caps for blocking off redundant connections, seal off vacuum connections, carburettors, Intake manifolds etc..

– Aluminium Weld-on Boses: A range of weld-on boses available including barbed, female and male.

– Self Seal Hose take offs: Simply drill a small hole into the hose where required, and pop this special fitting into the hose to produce a special take-off port in a rubber or silicone hose.

See the whole range here.

Superb Quality Stainless Steel Braided hose with tight double braiding

Our Stainless Steel Braided hose has tight double braiding and NBR (Nitrile Rubber) with good bend radius. Ideal for high-pressure use for Oil, fuel lines, Carburetor, water lines, vacuum etc. As with all Viper Performance product quality comes first, this braided hose will perform as well as any leading brand and at a much lower price! Sold in multiples of 1 meter.

Temperature resistance

Our Stainless Steel outer braided fuel/oil hoses will handle up to temperatures:
Min Temp -40°C, Max Temp +135°C

Sizes

Sold in universal “DASH sizes from DASH-4 to DASH-12. Internal diameters ranging from 5.56mm ID (-04) to 17.47mm ID (-12).

For more information about our braided hoses please click here.

 

Please note: This hose should not be used inside the car body as it allows fuel vapor to seep through the wall. (use PTFE hoses for running fuel / oil lines internally)

How driving through water affects your car

car through waterMost cars aren’t built for water activities. Even three to five-inch puddles can cause mechanical problems under the hood of your car.

When possible, it’s best to avoid deep puddles, or at least drive slowly through them, to prevent water from splashing into the upper part of the vehicle. But, if you are unlucky enough to stall in water, chances are, one of the following 4 things will happen …

1. You will Wet your Spark Plugs

When you drive through a puddle, the spark plugs can become wet and will not fire. Wet spark plugs cause a short between the water and the plug and therefore cutting the power to your engine.

2. There is Water in the Fuel System

If water gets into the air intake system of your car and enters the fuel system, it can alter the air/fuel ratio and lessen engine power. This situation is also known as hydrolock and can cause the engine to stall.

If the water in the combustion chamber is in small amounts, it is often eliminated by engine heat. Keep in mind that this situation can also cause an electrical short in the spark plugs, as mentioned above.

3. Your Car Has a Damaged Connection Rod

Since water doesn’t easily compress, it overloads the connection rod. After hitting the accelerator, you’ll hear a clunking sound, since the piston can’t compress the water. The connection rod can be knocked out or deformed. This typically results in engine damage and may even destroy the engine entirely. So, stay clear of deep water!

4. Your Car Has a Cracked Catalytic Converter

Driving through deep puddles can cause a cracked catalytic converter. This device operates at high temperatures and is part of the exhaust system. When it comes in contact with cold water, rapid contraction can crack its sides and potentially cause the vehicle to stall. It’s a very expensive component to replace!

So, what do you do, when your car stalls in water?

When a car stalls in water, just remember, the first thing is to stay calm and stay safe. If you’re handy and have the right tools, you may be able to re-start the car depending on the problem. Wet spark plugs can be removed, and water in the cylinders can be removed. After that, just re-install the spark plugs.

Another option is to push the car out of the puddle to dry ground and wait for the electrical systems to dry out. If that doesn’t work, you’ll probably have to call a tow truck. It’s a hassle, but one that comes along with rainy days.

If the engine damage is due to water compression, you can attempt to pump oil to achieve some compression. However, severe engine damage will likely require the expertise of a mechanic.

Tips for starting a classic car collection

classic cars1. Try to stick to a theme 

Just like with art and furniture collectors, great car fanatics focus on styles, periods, or individuals to help shape their collections. This is what makes them so special. By focusing in on a particular brand, model or age you can really immerse yourself its world.

2. Storage is key

The average house only provides homeowners with the ability to squeeze a few cars in. therefore as a collector it is vital to find the perfect place for your vehicles to be kept. The right place can range from warehouses to specialised facilities.

3. You can never have too much space

You always need more space than you think! Considering this when planning things like garage ceiling heights will mean that you could add things such as lifts in the future. Shelving and storage are another key consideration, this will allow you to stay organised and ensure your collection remains in the best possible condition.

4. Team work makes the dream work

Once you know what your focus will be its a great idea to find like-minded individuals. There are many collectors clubs out there often with local members who you can talk and meet with. Not only does this hobby add a social element, clubs and associations can be great resources to gain a different perspective to technical ideas whilst gaining new leads for where to find rare or discontinued parts.

5. Why not Race?

As much as driving your classic car collection around your local area can be fun the real fun starts when you get into organised races. Cars often come alive when you’re with other people who know and care about them. Many races can take you to other country’s and create real experiences which will make you fall even more in love with your collection.

6. The level of work load is a vital decision

The level of passion towards car collecting can determine whether the maintenance and repair work that goes into developing the collection is seen to be a source of pleasure or a chore. It is important to develop an understanding of where in that scale you stand, as this will guide what cars you should purchase. Don’t try and take on a complete engine rebuild if this will detract from your passion and love for the collection.

7. The passion doesn’t just belong in the garage.

Along with the cars themselves, classic cars provide a lot of marketing materials such as posters, and models, therefore incorporation into your home will be easy. Not only will incorporating classic cars in your home be easy to do and at a unique touch, it will also develop and strengthen your knowledge in classic cars.

8. Nothing compares to getting behind the wheel

One of the worst things you can do to an old car is let it just sit around. Get in the driving seat and take it for a spin!

New Product: Articulated Bellow Hoses

articulated bellow hump hoseIn situations where hoses are likely to encouter movement, compression, expansion and vibration hoses can easily split under movement. This is where this new product comes in.

Our articulated bellow hoses are specially designed for areas where the hose acts as a cushion to absorb lateral movement, compression and expansion as well as vibration. Hoses without this construction would otherwise easily split under movement.

Compared to our black Nomex Bellow Hose this flexible hose offers much more movement. The trade off is a little less pressure handling due to its thinner wall thickness of 4mm and slightly softer grade silicone of 60°ShA. This Articulated bellow would not be so flexible with a thicker wall and harder silicone rubber and as such is recommended for use where pressure is not high.

The brown coloured silicone offers better heat stability compared to black or coloured silicone. The hose also features 3 more pronounced humps for better articulation and 4 Stainless Steel Rings to prevent the hose from ballooning.

These hoses are highly recommended to connect your charge cooler / Intercooler etc to pipework, and are 200mm long (6″), Available in a number of popular sizes, and also with options of a reducing diameter one end to the other.

Buy yours today. 

What are Ultra Flex Hoses?

ultra flex hosesViper Performance once again bring you a unique and specialist product not available elsewhere!

Our UltraFlex silicone hoses offer fantastic flexibility with incredibly tight bend radius not at all possible with any Superflex silicone hoses or standard lengths.

What can they be used for?

Our silicone hoses are ideal for air intakes, cooling, water, or moderate pressure applications and larger diameters. They are also very popular with industrial applications, or marine application and even power generators.

What are they made from?

These lightweight hoses are handmade in silicone, reinforced with polyester fabric, and feature a wire spiral inside a specially convoluted section to create an extremely flexible hose connection otherwise not possible with other hoses.

What sizes and colours do they come in?

This hose only comes in 750mm long total length including 50mm flat section cuffs each end and are available in blue. Black is possible by special order and minimum 20 pieces per size.

Viper Performance hoses come with a lifetime warranty! So, order your own Ultra Flex Hose today.

 

 

Silicone Hoses for commercial vehicles

bus hosesViper Performance manufactures and distributes the highest quality silicone hoses on the market today. All of our hoses are hand-built using the latest and best materials at a very competitive price. Automotive hoses are in fact our speciality and have been since 2005. But we don’t just produce standard car hoses, we can also produce hoses for commercial vehicles such as buses, and trucks.

Our silicone hoses are designed to last, out-performing many other hoses offered on the market today.

Why Silicone?

Silicone outperforms other natural organic rubber hose materials in terms of life expectancy and reliability on engine, radiator, heater and intercooler applications.

Our hoses are mandrel built to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R1 (standard wall) class A. Alternatively in single ply construction, manufactured by continuous methods, to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R3 and R4 class A.

Our Hoses are Euro 6 Compliant

January 2016 saw the introduction of Euro VI regulations for newly registered vehicles. This ensures manufacturers comply with the regulations which, primarily call for further reductions in levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Working with several major vehicle producers, Viper Performance already have turbo-charger (CAC), coolant and air intake hoses, for Euro VI vehicles. Using high-quality silicone compounds, and newer Aramid fabrics capable of withstanding 250°C in our CAC hoses and revised constructions for coolant hoses, both are more than capable of performing reliably on any modern engine.

Our fluorosilicone lined hoses, ensure all potential issues are covered now and into the future. 

What do Viper Performance build hoses for?

  • Radiators
  • Water Systems
  • Coolant
  • Breather systems
  • Intercooler Connections
  • Charge Air Cooler
  • and more …

Why you should order your hoses with us

Our Truck and Bus hoses are designed and built to maintain a high degree of rigidity to withstand strong, negative pressures while remaining flexible enough to cope with significant movement between air filter and engine.

From enquiry to finished delivered product, you will receive the level of service you expect from a professional company, with all of our attention focused on quality and customer satisfaction.

Contact us today for more information.