The Greatest Cars Ever Made

beetle carThe best thing about classic cars is that they are very different from today’s cars. There is no match for those classic vehicles whether it be the bodywork design or the engineering which went into solving particular mechanical challenges.

But there are a select few vehicles that surpass the rest in terms of performance, value, and bodywork. Although every historic vehicle enthusiast will have their own opinion of what makes a car great, here is a list (in no particular order) that we think are true greats.

Volkswagen Beetle (of the 1960s)

The Volkswagen Beetle became one of the most popular cars of the 1960s offering affordable transportation with a very distinct style. 21 million VW Beetles were sold before going out of production in 2003.

Lamborghini Miura

Turing from affordable everyday cars to a magnificent feat of engineering and design the Lamborghini Miura quickly became the world’s fastest production car after its release in 1966. The car’s sleek design with recessed headlamps is indeed a classic that many will remember from the opening scene of the original “Italian Job” movie released in 1969.

Jaguar E-Type

We can’t skip the Jaguar E-type when talking about the most instantly recognizable cars in the world.

Lamborghini Countach

When first released in the 1970s, Lamborghini Countach was a car like no other. Its wedge-shaped styling, gull-wing doors, cooling ducts, and so-called “periscopio” was just out of the world! This car that looked like something landed from another planet could easily reach nearly 200 mph.

Chevrolet Corvette C1

The C1 is the first generation of the Corvette sports car that became streel legal in 1953. Chevrolet Corvette proved that America, the land of huge sedans, can also manufacture a sports car as great as the Europeans.

Ferrari 250 GTO

Built between 1962 and 1964, the Ferrari 250 GTO is considered to be the greatest Ferrari of all time. The combination of the beautiful body and the legendary Colombo V12 engine made the car not only fast but elegant too.

McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 stands out as an exceptional achievement of design brilliance and excellent engineering. McLaren had made just racing cars until it went on sale in 1992. McLaren F1 was the first dedicated road car designed by the chief designer Gordon Murray.

Porsche 911 2.7RS

The Porsche 911 is praised on both racetracks and streets alike, instantly recognizable to many people. Car enthusiasts and collectors tend to consider the classic cars – those built before 1973 with a long bonnet – as being the most beautiful and elegant. It is one of the longest-standing sports cars ever built.

 

 

Range of Hose Clamps for use with our silicone hoses

hose clampsWe have a good range of quality hose clamps available on our online shop. These are quality fastener accessories for your hoses, all available from stock for quick delivery.

Hose clamps available include:
-W3 MIKALOR Stainless Steel Clamps,
-W2 T BOLT Stainless Steel Clamps,
-304 Grade Stainless Steel Cable Ties,

To suit all clients needs the Hose clamps are available for small quantity orders or in multi packs for bulk buys which offer the lowest prices! If you don’t see the pack size you require please do get in touch and we will accommodate you where possible

See the full range here.

4 new large size straight 1 metre silicone hoses added

large silicone hoseAs well as our new large 90 degree hose we now have 4 new sizes of our popular 1 metre straight silicone hose.

Adding to our vast size range we have introduced hoses with internal diameters of 254mm, 305mm, 355mm and huge 406mm. Great for industrial or marine applications.

From a 6 to 7 ply reinforced construction these large straight hoses offer excellent build quality with an inner liner. These large sizes are currently available in our standard blue colour.

Buy yours here

New Product Alert: Large 90 Degree Silicone Hoses

large silicone hose 90 degreeIt’s not just small machines that need hoses. If you are looking for silicone hoses for Industrial purposes or hoses for the marine industry then we have the products for you.

We have now stocked in our large new 90 degree elbows. We now supply a 90 degree elbow which has an internal diameter of 204mm.

Our new range of extra large straight silicone hoses and 300mm leg lengths. These large sizes are currently available in our standard blue colour.

You can find this product here scroll down to find the correct size.

Escape to the car even when you can’t drive

man in car on phoneBack in March we wrote a blog about making the most of the lockdown where we discussed the upsides to spending more time at home, especially for car enthusiasts. As restrictions are eased there will be increasing ways to indulge and it seems some people are just happy being inside their cars even if they can’t drive anywhere.

New research from Skoda has revealed that as many as 1.2 million motorists are taking to their parked cars just to get a bit of peace and quiet during the coronavirus lockdown.

The research carried out by the Czech manufacturer showed that 39 percent of UK motorists are currently working from home, with eight percent retreating to their parked car to get some time alone away from the family with the figure rising to 23 percent in London.

Rather than just hiding away in your car, why not work on the car project you have been thinking about for a while. Finishing the kit car project that has been sat in your garage or even just making those much needed upgrades to your performance vehicle.

Take a look at our online shop for thousands of parts in stock today.

Beautifully made Straight Hardline Fitting

Here is Viper Performances range of end fittings specifically designed for hardline tubing. You can see a separate video for hardline tubing here.

Ideal for racing fuel systems and industrial applications and where the fittings have to have an AN style thread. Viper’s hardline tube end fittings are beautifully made and are specifically designed to fit Vipers hardline end tubes.

Compared to the crimp on style fittings, these fittings do not require any specialist tools and can easily be done with a nylon vice jaw an aluminium spanners. Importantly the quality of the thread is flawless, made from machine Billet 6063 aluminium and hard anodised. The fittings are machine smooth inside for good fuel flow and fluid transfer.

Available in traditional red blue colours or in a beautiful polished black. The fittings are sold in AN-(dash) sizes from -06 to -10 sizes.

Buy yours here

Unique Super Long Hoses

super long silicone hosesWe revel in bringing unique products to market. Like stocking 90 and 45 degree silicone elbows with extra long legs! These are not found anywhere else.

Our jumbo-sized leg lengths will offer a huge 300x300mm lengths from centreline of the bend radius making it possible to connect two sources with one part only, thus avoiding any joiners and making a better leak proof connection in one piece.

The hose will be supplied to you with equal legs 300x300mm (12″ long) allowing you to easily cut the legs back should you require unequal lengths or slightly shorter options.

This option offers a unique solution, as this would normally require custom building your silicone hose or require large minimum orders.

Buy yours here

Large Volume manufacturing of silicone hoses and aluminium pipes

custom hosesHere at Viper Performance we are able to create custom hoses using high quality products and manufacturing techniques. For high volume orders we are able to offer excellent discounts and very competitive prices in our market.  We have the capacity to produce large volumes of 100, to 100 000 pieces if required.

Custom Silicone Hoses

To create a new shape hose you will require the production of a new forming tool called a mandrel. Tool making costs are £40 an hour at cost plus materials. We are proud to say that we charge tooling to you at cost. The remainder of the cost will depend on the quantity of the hoses that you want.

Please remember that one off custom hoses are simply not a viable option. So if you are looking for a single hose for your personal car this is not a good option.

You can find out more about custom silicone hoses by clicking here.

Custom Aluminium Pipes

We are extremely competitive with aluminium fabricated pipes on volume and series as this is our speciality.  We get the best price out of our machines based on economy of scale and we only use the highest quality for our mandrel bends. To ensure future repeat orders are 100% identical time and time again we produce a JIG.

As with silicone hoses We cannot offer one off Aluminium Bespoke Fabrications due to the time and cost involved in purchasing materials, setting
up mandrels for bending the aluminium and making a JIG.

You can find out more about custom aluminium pipes by clicking here.

Why has my order not arrived yet?

royal mailAs many of our customers will be aware we are currently open for online orders and these will be processed as normal.

But 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.

For many orders we use the services of Royal Mail who are currently doing a great job during difficult times. There are however understandable delays in the postal service which some of our customers

“Absence rates are currently significantly higher than what we normally expect at this time of year. To manage these severe absence levels, we are implementing a range of mitigations. These include changing the time guarantee on Special Delivery and deploying non-operational managers in delivery. “ Royal Mail

You can read more about the changes to Royal Mail here.

Please be rest assured that we are doing all we can to get your orders to you on time.

5 Car museums you can visit without leaving your house

  1. Porsche Museum

porscheEasily one of the best car museums in the world, and one on many enthusiasts’ bucket lists, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany, gathers the brand’s most iconic and influential sports cars, race cars, and one very important tractor in a stunningly designed building that’s an attraction in itself. The museum’s virtual tour lets you explore the masterfully displayed collection inside and take in all the architectural beauty outside.

  1. Mercedes-Benz Museum

mercedes benzMercedes’s museum has its own architecturally impressive building, as well as a massive car collection that’s presented in a dynamic and engaging way. Take the museum’s virtual tour here.  If you have a VR headset, Mercedes offers a number of 360-degree videos on its YouTube channel.

  1. Museo Lamborghini

The Lamborghini museum in Italy, offers a virtual tour via Google Street View. Virtually wandering through the halls may not cure coronavirus, but seeing all that glorious Italian sheet metal should help keep the quarantine blues at bay.

  1. Ferrari Museum

ferrariFerrari has two museums celebrating its work in Italy: one next to its factory in Maranello and another in Modena. Both can be accessed virtually through Google Street View—just be prepared to see a lot of red.

  1. Toyota Museum

Located in Nagakute, Japan, the Toyota Automobile Museum not only tells the story of the company founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937, but of the automobile itself. As such, the museum doesn’t just showcase classic Toyotas. In fact, you’ll be treated to Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes, Fords, and much more. If you’re hankering to see some vintage Japanese sheet metal, you’ll find plenty of that, too. Take the virtual tour here.