Super long aluminium hose joiners

super long aluminium hose joinerBack in August we announced that we had added a new super long aluminium hose joiner to our range. But why did we introduce this product and what can they be used for?

A while ago now we introduced super long silicone elbow hoses. This was in response to constant requests for elbows with different leg lengths. By introducing a product which had long legs this meant that our customers were able to cut down the legs to their exact requirements. This negated the need for expensive custom built hoses. The product was a huge success and many people have found our super long silicone hoses useful.

Due to the success of the silicone product we then looked to our aluminium hose joiners range to see if the same concept could be applied here. This is where our idea for super long hose joiners came into fruition.

Our regular aluminium elbows have leg lengths of 152mm. These new super long versions give the customer 300mm of leg length. This means that they can be cut down to any required sizes and each leg does not have to be the same.  Offering the same great quality mandrel bent pipes with a little more freedom to customise.

We have three different diameters available in our long aluminium pipe range. To find out more and to purchase the product please click here.

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The benefits of buying a second hand car

used car salesThere are potential pitfalls from purchasing a second hand car and they have been widely publicised. You may worry about the possibility of getting a car that has previously been stolen, damaged or written off. Or more commonly, one which has existing problems, which are not immediately apparent, but which soon become an expensive and inconvenient fix.

There can however be many positives to buying second hand:

  1. Save Money

The obvious reason for buying a car second hand is the saving in list price. If you are not in the position to afford a brand new car then a second hand alternative is a great opportunity to get a great car at a much lower price.

  1. Avoid the biggest depreciation

Typically, a new car will lose 50-60 per cent of its value after three years (assuming that it’s traveling at the average rate of around 10,000 miles per year). That is a massive depreciation of your original investment that you simply will never get back. Of course cars continue to depreciate in value but if you buy a car which is 3 years old then you will avoid the biggest chunk of depreciation.

  1. Supplementary Features

One benefit of buying used, which is often overlooked, is the fact that some second hand cars already have a lot of additional features. When buying brand new there will be a long list of extras which also cost extra. Things like sun roofs, leather seats, audio systems and inbuilt sat navs cost a small fortune to acquire when a vehicle is fresh off the production line. Once it has aged a little and the features have been superseded by cutting edge mod cons, they won’t add much to its second hand price.

  1. No waiting period

It is common when purchasing a brand new car off the forecourt to have to wait a while to drive it home. On the other hand, when you buy used, the transaction is quick and straightforward. Normally, you can drive the car home on the same day. So if you need transport quick then second hand is the way to go.

How to avoid used car buying problems

Fortunately, it is possible to avoid many of the most common pitfalls. It simply requires taking some sensible precautions and making some simple checks on any car you consider buying.

Stolen cars or outstanding finance

Naturally, one of the largest concerns used car buyers have is whether the car has a hidden past. Specifically, has it been stolen or does it have outstanding finance on it? Exercising a little caution is always a smart move and particularly if you’re buying a car in a private sale do the following:

  • Read the documents carefully

If you are buying a car privately, ensure the name and address of the person you have gone to see matches that of the registered keeper on the V5c. If you are buying from a dealer, they should at least be able to tell you where they got the car from.

  • Get a car history check

Irrespective of who you buy from, a car history check a good idea. These are now so easy and quick to do that it would be a big mistake not to invest a little in a HPI check. The HPI Check Report will alert you to any worrying information held against the vehicle by finance and insurance companies, the DVLA, the Police and other industry bodies.

In addition a simple and free check to do is to put the registration number of the car into the UK government’s online MoT and tax checker. If the car that comes up doesn’t match the car you are looking at, something is amiss.

Written off and damaged cars

car written offNot all car damage is that important – a wing replaced after catching the wall on the way into multi-storey car park is nothing to worry about. However, irrespective of the quality of the repair work, it is good to find out exactly what damage was sustained. If a car has been written-off, the vendor (be they private or trade) is legally required to tell you before you buy but less serious impacts can easily be left unreported.

So what can you do to spot such vehicles?

  • Pay for an inspection

Your first option is to get in touch with a motoring organisation like the AA or RAC to arrange an inspection by a qualified vehicle engineer (albeit for a fee). No genuine seller should object to a mechanical inspection of a car they’re selling – if they do, walk away. If there are have been any major mechanical repairs, a professional inspection will be able to find them.

  • Follow a used car buying checklist

Secondly, you can follow the Auto Express used car checklist. Here we take you step-by-step through the necessary points to check when looking at a used car. If you do this, it is key to remember that if something looks wrong, it probably is. And even if it isn’t, it’s probably not worth taking the risk.

  • Buy from a reputable dealer

If you’re less than confident when it comes to evaluating a used car yourself, the best bet is to buy from a dealer. You’ll pay a little more but you get a better level of protection should something go wrong and for many people the peace of mind will be worth it.

 

Check out our blog on 8 ways to upgrade your car if your used car needs a little more oomph.

If you’ve bought a second hand car and it needs a little work don’t be put off doing some of the work yourself. We recently wrote an article talking about why you shouldn’t be put off going DIY on your car especially for services. Read it here. https://www.viperperformance.co.uk/blog/shouldnt-put-working-car/

 

 

 

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How does a Fuel Surge Tank work?

Fuel Surge TankA surge tank is an important part of any turbo’s fuel system as it stops your engine from starving of fuel. A Fuel Surge Tank / Swirl Pot ensures your engine gets the amount of fuel which is needed for high power output.

This is important in demanding conditions such as drifting, drag racing and track days. Conditions like these mean your fuel system will be sustaining high lateral acceleration load for an extended period of time.

A fuel Surge Tank means that the fuel pumps constantly receive the same access to fuel, regardless of the action of g-forces.

How does it work?

A Fuel Surge Tank works as two flows generate a constant supply of fuel under any conditions. The surge tank will be constantly filled with fuel by using the flow in your fuel system. The lift-fuel pump will provide fuel from your fuel tank while the excess fuel returned from the Fuel Pressure Regulator is circulated back into the surge tank. This means that even if the fuel delivery from the fuel tank or fuel cell is reduced due to starvation during low fuel level or extreme conditions there will still be a constant supply of fuel.

Why purchase a fuel surge tank

A surge tank enables your pump to continuously suck up fuel and never have to worry about starving your engine of fuel. Providing a constant level of fuel increases your chance to take advantage of all the power your engine has to offer. If the fuel supply suddenly fails, there are high chances that your engine will take a lot of damage, especially at high power outputs and at high rpm´s.

Our Product

Finished in discrete BLACK powder coat, our fuel surge tank is supplied with 8 end fittings to suit your application. Both barbed and AN fittings are supplied in the box. Tank size 115mm diameter x 200mm tall and 1.5Liter capacity.

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The ten fastest Nürburgring lap times by production cars

NürburgringPrior to this year, the fastest lap time for the Nürburgring was 6.11.13. Set by Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 back in 1983 when the circuit was used for qualifying for the 1000k Sports Car race. This magnificent time was however beaten earlier this year by the 919 Evo completing the circuit in just 5:19.55.

But those times are reserved for special vehicles that most people will never have the joy of driving. So what about production cars? Which ones have faired the best around this legendary circuit?

1. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Lamborghini AventadorCar: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ –
Time: 6:44.97s
Driver: Marco Mapelli
Date: 26 July 2018

The fastest production car to grace the Nürburgring to date is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Driven by Marco Mapelli on 26 July 2018 during a Lamborghini conducted test. This isn’t the only time that Mapelli driving a Lamborghini appear in this top 10 either.

2. Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Lars Kern driving Porsche 911 GT2 RS Car: Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Time: 6:47.3s
Driver: Lars Kern
Date: 20 September 2017

During a Porsche conducted test in 2017 German driver Lars Kern managed an impressive time of 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds whuch surpassed even Porsche’s own expectations.

3. Radical SR8 LM

Car: Radical SR8 LM
Time: 6:48.28
Driver: Michael Vergers
Date: 19 August 2009

Although not seen by all as a road legal car, the Radical SR8 has been considered a road legal production car by Pistonheads and Evo magazine. Timing of this lap, driven by Michael Vergers in 2009, was overseen by Evo magazine

4. Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 Performante

Lamborghini HuracanCar: Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 Performante (2017)
Time: 6:52.01
Driver: Marco Mapelli
Date: 5 October 2016

Here they are again, the dream team of Mapelli and Lamborghini. In 2016 they managed an impressive time of 6 minutes 52 seconds around the Nürburgring.

5. Radical SR8

Radical SR8Car: Radical SR8
Time: 6:55
Driver: Michael Vergers
Date: 28 September 2005

Years before the Radical SR8 LM hopped into our number 3 spot its younger brother, driven by Vergers again, managed a 6:55.Timed by Sport Auto.

6. Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Car: Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2)
Time: 6:56.4
Driver: Kévin Estre
Date: 16 April 2018

The French professional racing driver, Kévin Estre managed a 6 minute 56 seconds lap in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS earlier this year.

7. Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche SpyderCar: Porsche 918 Spyder
Time: 6:57
Driver: Marc Lieb
Date: 4 September 2013

A Porsche conducted test, observed by Sport Auto saw Marc Lieb manage a 6 minute 57 seconds lap around the Nürburgring in 2013.

8. Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4

Car: Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce (2015)
Time: 6:59.73
Driver: Marco Mapelli
Date: 18 May 2015

And for his hattrick in this top 10 here’s Marco Mapelli in a Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 back in 2015. He managed a 6 minute 59 second lap in this Lamborghini conducted test.

9. Dodge Viper ACR

Dodge ViperCar: Dodge Viper ACR (2017)
Time: 7:01.3
Driver: Lance David Arnold
Date: 1 September 2017

This time was recorded in a privately funded and observed lap by Road & Track. Unfortunatley the third attempt testing ended up with tyre failure which subsequently resulted in crash.

10. Nissan GT-R NISMO

Nissan GT-RCar: Nissan GT-R NISMO (2015)
Time: 7:05.41
Driver: Michael Krumm
Date: September 30, 2013

Last but not least in our top 10 is the Nissan GT-R NISMO driven by Michael Krumm. In this Nissan conducted test Krumm managed a very respectable 7 minute 5 seconds lap of the Nürburgring.

 

So we can’t promise you’ll be competing for the best times at the Nürburgring but our products could enhance your performance. Take a look at our shop to see what we have to offer. 

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Why and how to use a self seal take off

Self seal hose take off Efficient crankcase breathing is an important function of any engine. Even in a new engine, the combustion pressure will inevitably pass the piston rings into the crankcase. If an engine’s breathing system should become blocked or restricted, the crankcase will pressurise causing any one or more of the following problems:

  1. The oil/air mix will force its way out through any other convenient exit e.g. oil seals, dip stick, filler cap, etc.
  2. The efficiency of the oil control rings will be reduced creating increased oil consumption.
  3. Impurities such as water vapour and acids (by products of combustion) will build up and contaminate the oil causing sludging and increased engine wear.
  4. The adverse affect on the air/fuel mixture will result in starting problems and rough idling conditions.

To avoid such issues you can improve the crankcase breathing. We have a fantastic product to help with this at Viper. Our self-seal hose breather take offs are easy to fit and high quality.

Hose take offs in different sizes

Our hose breather take offs, have been specially designed and CNC machined out of billet aluminium with a flat seat in order to minimise flow disruption inside the main hose. The barbed finish on the fitting will mean you get a good connection with the take off hose, by simply push fitting the hose into the take off.

When you need a special take off port in a rubber or silicone hose simply drill a small whole into the hose where required, and pop this special fitting into the hose. This has been specially designed for leak proof connection for air, water.

How to use self seal take offs:

We have a great how to video showing how simple it is to fit our self seal take offs to your hoses. You can see this below.

  1. Mark the hose a drill a hose smaller than the fitting
  2. Carefully push the fitting through the hole from the inside of the hose
  3. Make sure the fitting is pushed right to the end
  4. Place the washer and screw together
  5. Screw firmly with a spanner to ensure a tight seal

If you’re interested in purchasing a self seal take off click here.

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Fit AN style hose end fittings with ease

Work in a garage or workshop as a car builder or part of a race team?

Are you struggling with assembling and crimping AN hose fittings?

We have the solution. A fantastic hose end-fitting tool which is portable and supplied in a carry case. This machine will crimp AN style hose ends by hand with ease.

Manual installation of hose fittings can be very tricky and extremely labour intensive due to the very sharp steel braiding. This is why Viper Performance have on offer a purpose built tool for the connection of steel hose and fittings. This tool will enable you to assemble your fuel line, and oil lines quickly, and safely. The kit comes with a number of JIGS for assembling hose ends DASH-4 to DASH-12, and doubles up as a vice.

This steel braided hose end fitting installation kit has holes in the base so that they can be screwed down to become bench mounted. If your using the kit in a portable manner you will need to secure it to stop in moving when in operation. Made of solid billet aluminium, this tool is built to last.

No more cut fingers or scuffed hoses. Click here to buy yours today.

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Tech details of first all-electric Aston Martin released

Aston Martin Rapide E

Images from Autocar Photography : Nick Dungan

Aston Martin’s first all-electric production car the Rapide E will be a limited 155-unit special edition. The company have however now released technical details for the Rapide E.

Aston Martin has utilised Williams Advanced Engineering’s successful Electric Vehicle (EV) technology to kickstart a new era for their powertrain technology. The aim is to overcome the technical challenges associated with packaging the battery system and motors within the small space available.

A focus has been put on achieving effective cooling of the batteries and motor to ensure consistent performance. Strict weight targets have also been stringently observed. Rapide E will be powered by an 800V battery electrical architecture with 65 kWh installed capacity using over 5600 lithium ion 18650 format cylindrical cells. This battery system powers two rear mounted electric motors producing a combined target output of just over 610PS and a colossal 950Nm of torque.

Rapide Es Technical Details:

  • Projected top speed for the Rapide E is 155 mph, with a sub-4.0sec 0-60 mph time and a 50-70 mph time of just 1.5sec.
  • Range target is over 200 miles
  • Charging at a rate of 185 miles of range per hour using a typical 400V 50 kW charger.
  • The 800V high-voltage battery enables faster charging of 310 miles of range per hour, using an 800V outlet delivering 100kW or higher. 
  • Shod with Pirelli P Zero, Rapide E’s bespoke tyres aim to deliver a lower rolling-resistance and reduced cavity noise.
  • The rear-wheel drive twin electric motors will drive through a Limited-Slip Differential.

Though the Rapide E will be built in low volumes, it is being subjected to Aston Martin’s stringent and exhaustive testing protocols. The dedicated Williams Advanced Engineering team are working closely alongside Aston Martin to ensure every aspect of the prototype test programme follows the established procedures. Uniquely, customers will be an extended part of the ongoing Rapide E programme, with their comments and driving experiences providing an invaluable stream of feedback that will help shape and improve future Aston Martin EVs.

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Why you shouldn’t be put off working on your car

car servicingThere is a common feeling that cars have now become too mechanically complicated to work on unless you are a qualified technician. Since carmakers started putting covers over the engine and undertrays beneath it people often feel intimidated forgetting that under the cover there’s everything the internal combustion engine has always had. And with the AA saying that half of the 3.4 million call-outs it attends annually are caused by poor maintenance maybe we should all take a little more interest in what’s under the hood.

Drivers who can’t afford regular servicing or those who simply want to attempt it themselves as a hobby, shouldn’t be put off. A year is considered the maximum time your car should go without a service, it could save you a lot of money in the long run. If early signs of damage are spotted and taken care of before they worsen then you will save the inconvenience of a breakdown. A well-maintained car is also more efficient, so not only will you spot problems early you’ll also save money on fuel.

The AA’s patrolman of the year, Keith Miller: “The fundamentals of looking after an internal combustion engine haven’t changed over the years, so it’s actually a bit of a myth that you can’t service a modern car yourself,” he says.

Things to check when servicing a car

  1.  Change your oil
  2.  Replace your filters
  3. Change spark plugs
  4. Check your brake fluid
  5. Check your tyres
  6. Check brake pads for wear
  7. Check lights and wipers for correct operation

If you love working on your car then check out our 8 ways to upgrade your car blog from earlier this year.

You’ll also find loads of automotive upgrade products in our online shop.

 

 

 

 

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Which Washers to choose?

Specialist WashersViper Performance have a range of specialist washers for professional hose connections such as oil lines and fuel lines, bulkhead fittings. All washers are manufactured for AN/JIC fittings and are sold in boxes of 70 pieces. We have three different materials to choose from:

Aluminium Crush Washers

Aluminium crush washers are specifically designed to form against the sealing faces. These single layer aluminium washers are popular with fuel systems when sealing banjos or adaptors. Once they are formed they should not be re-used.

Mixed box of sizes AN-3,4,6,8,10,12    Buy Now

Teflon Washers

These Teflon washers are particularly well suited for use on bulkhead fittings. When a bulkhead fitting is installed on a fuel tank they offer excellent resistance to fuel and seal the fittings. They can be used for a number of oil/fuel resistant applications.

Mixed box of sizes AN-3,4,6,8,10,12. Buy Now

Rubber Washers/ O rings

Or you can choose a more tradditional rubber washer for less demanding applications.

Mixed box of sizes AN-3,4,6,8,10,12 Buy Now

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Hybrid cars exempt from 2040 Petrol & Diesel ban

Hybrid Car EngineIn a move that has frustrated environmental campaigners, the government confirmed that Hybrid petrol and diesel cars will still be available for sale in 2040. This was however welcome news for the car industry.

Last year, ministers pledged to ban the sale of new cars powered with fossil fuels by 2040. However the transport secretary (Chris Grayling) confirmed on Monday ‘hybrid cars powered by both electricity and diesel or petrol – would be exempt’.

As well as the Petrol & Diesel ban the governments road to Zero strategy to reduce car pollution includes a further target. By 2030 their aim is for at least 50% of new cars to be ultra-low emission. If this target is successful it is stated that they expect “all new cars and vans to have significant zero-emission capability” by 2040 and “almost every” car and van to be zero-emission by 2050.

“I want it to be easier for electric vehicle drivers to recharge than for motorists to visit a filling station. I want them to choose electric cars because they are so convenient.”

This statement by Chris Grayling implies that the best method is to influence car buyers. He said that a delayed 400 million electrical charging fund would be put into action this summer. This is aimed to help expand infrastructure throughout the country, with hundreds of thousands more charging points on streets, in new homes and in workplaces.

Grayling also said that as well as reducing pollution, the new strategy set out a clear pathway for Britain to be a world leader in zero-emission transport. This strategy could represent a “huge global opportunity for industry and business” which could be worth £1tn a year by 2030.

Nevertheless, environmental groups have accused the government of weakening its commitments. The environmental group Greenpeace stated that the car industry was “yet again being given a free pass”. The Campaign for Better Transport also stated it was substandard, describing it as “a step backwards, giving concessions to keeping hybrids on the road, which will water down the already inadequate 2040 target”.

Although, Chris Grayling had told the Guardian – “I don’t think it’s watered down at all … We want to get rid of classic petrol and diesel engines. It’s about supporting the industry to deliver it and encouraging changes to consumer behaviour. I expect by 2040 every vehicle to have substantial zero-emission capability and most to be 100% zero-emission.”

Overall the car industry had disputed that these new 2040 targets have been adding worry for consumers. Which has contributed to fears over diesel cars, whose UK sales have slumped in the last 15 months. The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (Mike Hawes) believed that the strategy acknowledged, “The vital role conventional engines, including diesel, will continue to play in the transition to 2040 and beyond”.

Hawes said that this was greatly received news for the car industry, and that they welcomed the “technology neutral approach”.

“We need realistic ambition levels and measures that support industry’s efforts, allow manufacturers time to invest, innovate and sell competitively, and provide the right incentives and infrastructure to take the consumer with us,”

The news that hybrids will not be banned allows a progression period in the industry. However, the 2030 targets for ultra-low emission vehicles remains a concern.

What are your thoughts? Head over to our Facebook page we’ve put together a poll to see what is powering our customers cars.

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Two new products launched this month

aluminium pipesAugust has been a busy month here at Viper Performance and we are excited as we have two new products launching at the end of August. Hose Joiners are ideal for joining hoses for Intercoolers, Radiators, Air inductions or superchargers. The two additions to our product range this month are:

Super Long 90° Elbow Aluminium Hose Joiner

Our first product launch will be a super Long 90° Elbow Aluminium Hose Joiner. Manufactured from 6063 billet aluminium these are high quality hose joiners with a super long 300x300mm leg length. They are roll beaded and polished so they look great.

  1. 1.5 wall – 32mm outer diameter – 32mm centreline radius – BUY NOW
  2. 1.8 wall – 51mm outer diameter – 63.56mm centreline radius – BUY NOW
  3. 1.7 wall – 63mm outer diameter – 73.025mm centreline radius – BUY NOW

Quality L Shape aluminium 90° elbow hose joiner

Produced from 6063 billet aluminium these L shape hose joiners with a 500x150mm leg length. These L shape hose joiner are available in the following sizes:

  1. 1.5 wall – 32mm outer diameter – 32mm centreline radius – BUY NOW
  2. 1.8 wall – 51mm outer diameter – 63.56mm centreline radius – BUY NOW
  3. 1.7 wall – 63mm outer diameter – 73.025mm centreline radius – BUY NOW

 

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Would you pass a theory test?

Theory TestIf you’ve been driving for years then chances are it’s been a long time since you clued up on the theory behind the driving. So the question is would you still pass?

We all like to think we have retained the knowledge from when we learnt but do you really know your stuff. Some questions on the theory test can seem simple and completely obvious but others testing signage knowledge or scenario based questions can catch you off-guard.

Theory Test

The theory test requires you to answer 50 questions in 57 minutes and you must answer 43 correctly, which is an 86% pass mark. In 2016/17 the pass rate for the theory test was 48.7%, which means over half of all people who take the test fail.

If you are intrigued as to how you would do in a theory test, then why not take a practice to see how you get on. There is a practice theory test available on the gov.uk website.

Hazard Perception

Whilst you’re at it see how you fair with the hazard perception test as well. The hazard perception segment of the test was introduced in 2002 so anyone over the age of 33 won’t ever have taken this test.

There are 14 questions in the hazard perception test and you will need to get 44 marks out 75 available to pass. This test is scored a little differently. In 13 of the questions, there is one developing hazard you need to spot. One question, which can appear at any time, will have two developing hazards. You need to click the mouse as soon as you see a danger ahead. Each question carries a maximum of five marks dependent on how quickly you click the mouse. Don’t be tempted to click too early though as you will get no marks for that question.

It can be great fun to see what the test entails and what your hazard perception skills are like.  You can take the free hazard perception test on the Safe Driving for life website.

*Both of these free tests are just for practice and the real tests may differ in content.

 

Regardless of whether you pass or not I’m sure you love to drive. Check out our online shop we have lots of products available to boost the performance of your car. 

 

 

 

 

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Adding your logo to a silicone hose

own logo on silicone hoseOne of the things we pride ourselves on, here at Viper Performance, is giving our trade customers the best possible product but still giving them the freedom to build there own brands. As such, unlike other silicone hose manufacturers, we are happy to add your own logos to our silicone hoses. This means you can have our great quality hoses with your own branding. In most cases we even offer a 3 year guarantee on non Viper branded hoses.

The process of applying a logo to a silicone hose

We have two methods, which we use to add a companies logos to a silicone hose.

Method 1 – Colour Logos long term regular orders

The most common method for branding hoses is a special printing method where we print your logo onto a run of plastic material. This requires artwork setup, printing plates and a minimum print run. The miniumum print run will give you anything from 800-1200 meters. Each metre will have your logo repeated many times. Budget £280-£380 depending on the size and colours. The process of adding the logo can only be done at the time of building the hose onto uncured silicone. The ink material will bond into the silicone at the curing stage in the oven. It is impossible to add a logo at a later stage. We don’t charge any more for

Method 2 – Black and white logo for small batches

We have developed a stencil, which costs just £90. The ink is hand painted, there will therefore be an addition charge to apply the logo.

Please Note: We will not print 3rd party brands or registered trade marks, you must own the rights and we will not accept and liability for artwork supplied to us.

For more information about custom logos please watch our YouTube video demonstrating how our process works below:


Are you a fabricator? We have recently written a blog on how we can help fabricators  take a look to see how we could supply you with the highest quality products for producing a range of car systems.

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How we can help fabricators

Car fabricatorsWe love helping fabricators by supplying high quality, reliable and superbly priced aluminium pipes and silicone hoses. Our team is passionate about producing high quality parts and we only use the best materials.

By creating strong relationships with fabricators of car parts we are been able to supply high quality parts, which can be turned into even better systems and resold for great returns. Our customer service is at the heart of what we do and we will always be on hand to help you with any query you have. We have an array of products available from stock or can create bespoke products if minimum orders are met.

Car systems that can be fabricated from our products:

  • Intercooler systems
  • Radiator hoses
  • Air induction
  • Superchargers
  • Intercooler systems

Benefits of choosing Viper Performance:

  • Trade accounts can buy direct from Viper at discounted
    prices (minimum orders apply).
  • The largest range of shapes, sizes, and diameters available immediately from stock.
  • Professional team always on hand to help
  • Confidentiality and integrity is always assured.
  • Unlike many other suppliers we are happy to put your branding on our products

If you are interested in our services and products then drop us an email at sales@viper-performance.co.uk or call us on 01952 670 702.

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5 Tips to keep your car cool

keep car coolWe are in the midst of the longest heatwave to hit the UK in 5 years. The Met Office stated that Sunday 8th was the hottest day in England this year when Gosport, Hampshire, reached 32.4C (90.3F). Porthmadog in north Wales holds the UK record for 2018 of 33C on 28 June. So with temperatures in excess of 30C how can you keep your car cool?

Air conditioning is great, for those who have it, but it doesn’t eliminate the issues when you first enter the car. If you’ve been parked directly in the sun for a long period of time then seats and steering wheels can become unbearably hot. To help you out we have compiled some tips on keeping your car cool:

1. Park in a shaded area

If possible the best way to keep your car cool is to find a shaded area to park. Try to ignore your instinct to park in the closest parking space, instead opt for a shaded spot. A slightly longer walk will be worth it when you enter a cooler car.

2. Cover your steering wheel

Probably the worst part of your car to sit in the sun is your steering wheel. Any driver will now that especially leather steering wheels are sometimes too hot to handle. Popping a small towel over your steering wheel could prevent temperatures getting too hot.

3. Use a sunshade

One of the most successful ways to keep your car cool is of course to invest in a sunshade or visor.

4. Throw blankets over your seats

If your car has leather seats you know just how hot these materials can become when exposed to sunlight and high temperatures. A quick and easy way to keep car seats cool is to throw blankets over them. Keeping your seats cool will make your car a much more pleasant place to be on a hot summers day.

5. Keep your possessions out of sight

As well as the car components themselves getting too hot any possessions left in the car are susceptible to rising temperatures. Metal items for example sunglasses can quickly become extremely hot. Try to keep everything out of direct sunlight.

We hope these tips make your car a more habitable space until that lifeline of air conditioning kicks in. If you’re enjoying the sunshine why not check out our blog on the best UK driving roads a great guide to making the most of your driving experience.

We have also produced a blog on how to prepare your car for the summer here.

 

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Jaguar I-Pace wins Car of the year 2018

Jaguar I-PaceI like driving in my car, it’s not quite a Jaguar!

Oh how I wish it was after Auto Express made the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace its Car of the Year for 2018.

In a world, which is on the precipice of an electric car revolution, the I-Pace really is a look into the future. Pushing the boundaries of technology but without compromising on quality or performance this is a car to envy.

Jaguars first all electric vehicle

Many have heralded the I-Pace as a triumph especially as Jaguar’s first effort at an electric vehicle. They have taken all the elements that people want in a car and fused them into one premium, high performance and practical vehicle.

With a top speed of 124mph and a 0 to 60-acceleration time of 4.5 seconds, the I-Pace is set to rival Tesla in the world of electric vehicles. With speed, comfort, refinement and practicality, it covers so many bases. The fact Jaguar has achieved this in an all-electric vehicle first time is something that should be commended.

The I-Pace’s Impressive Stats

Eurekar wrote a great article back in March detailing some of the impressive stats of the Jaguar I-Pace:

• Top speed of 124mph
• 0 to 60 acceleration time of 4.5 seconds,
• zero Emissions
• potential range of almost 300 miles on a single charge
• Powered by two electric motors – with a combined 400ps and 696Nm of torque on tap.
• Charging to 80 per cent can be done in 45 minutes from a rapid charger

We are bound to see many manufacturers releasing premium electric cars over the next few years, but at this particular moment in time Jaguar has beaten all of its established competition. A worthy winner of Car of the Year 2018.

If you’re not lucky enough to have a Jaguar either then maybe we have some products that could upgrade your existing car. Take a look at our shop here.

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Choosing the right hose clamp

Engine bays encompass a myriad of different hoses, each carrying a different fluid with different requirements. Hoses in ageing vehicles should be inspected and replaced if necessary. It is however also important to inspect and replace the clamps that attach these vital hoses to a car’s components. They are just as important as the hose itself, and failure can result in catastrophe. We have detailed the two types of hose clamps that we currently sell to make your selection easier.

Stainless Steel Worm Drive Hose Clamp

Worm drive hose clampThese worm drive clamps are the more traditional selection for securing hoses. They are perfect for clamping silicone hoses and rubber hoses thanks to the “slot free” smooth band. Our MIKALOR W3 stainless steel worm drive hose clamps are of high quality stainless steel and unlike some other brands, these clamps will not tear and cut into the hose as you tighten.

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Stainless Steel T Bolt clamp 

t bolt hose clampT Bolt clamps are commonly used for high pressure applications where other clamps simply pop off. They are also strong enough for clamping Exhausts and are ideal for use for turbos and Intercoolers. Thanks to their stainless steel wide band, and totally smooth inner band a high torque seal is achieved without ruining the hose.

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We also sell:

304 Grade Stainless Steel Cable / ZIP ties. These are ideal for fastening Exhaust wrap, wires, or areas under high temperatures. These are a great alternative as high temperatures would normally melt traditional plastic ties. Buy them here.

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No cheap carbon coated pipes here

carbon fibre pipesAs well as our silicone hoses an aluminium pipes we also have a range of top quality Japanese Toray real carbon fiber pipes available. Supplied either as 90 or 45 degree bends or straight sections which are 300mm in length. You can take a look at our range here.

There are many cheap carbon coated pipes available on the market which give the appearance of carbon but these are merely good for aesthetic purposes. Our pipes are made with quality real carbon meaning they give you all of the advantages of this superb material. Carbon fiber is super light, and very strong which makes it ideal for air intake systems and more. We have listed some of the great benefits of this material below:

  • Lightweight – carbon fiber is a low density material with a very high strength to weight ratio
  • High tensile strength – when it comes to tension carbon fibre is one of the strongest of all commercial reinforcing, it is very difficult to stretch or bend
  • Low thermal expansion – carbon fibre will expand or contract much less in hot or cold conditions than other materials such as steel and aluminum
  • Exceptional durability – carbon fibre has superior fatigue properties compared to metal, meaning components made of carbon fiber won’t wear out as quickly under stresses associated with constant use
  • Corrosion-resistance – when appropriate resins are used, carbon fibre is one of the most corrosion-resistant materials available

You can take a look at our range of carbon fibre pipes here. Or for more information watch our YouTube video below:

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Are Silicone Hoses fuel resistant?

fuel hoses

This is a question we know gets asked often. Can you use silicone hoses for fuel hoses? Well standard silicone hoses are porous and therefore not suitable for oil or fuel. There are flurosilicone liners, which are specially formulated to prevent oil from penetrating the wall but we would not recommend these for Fuel lines, or heavy use of Fuel Filling. Occasional fuel usage and vapour will be fine but there are better options when it comes to selecting fuel hoses:

Options for fuel hoses:

Two materials, which are better suited for fuel hose applications, are Nitrile Rubber and PTFE.

nitrile stainless steel fuel hoseNitrile rubber (NBR) is an oil-resistant synthetic rubber. Its main applications are in fuel hoses, gaskets, rollers, and other products in which oil resistance is required. Here at Viper we sell various products which utilise Nitrile Rubber. These are:

SAE J30 R6 approved Nitrile Rubber fuel Hose – this fuel hose is fully compliant with SVA regulation and most types of fuel.

Fuel Filler Hose – These hoses are made with a fuel resistant Nitrile Rubber lining and are perfect for using as a Fuel Filler Hose. These hoses are not Suitable for high octane fuels.

Stainless Steel Braided Hoses – Superb Quality Stainless Steel Braided hose with tight double braiding and NBR offers a good bend radius, and high pressure use for Oil, fuel lines, Carburetor, water lines, vacuum.

PTFE or Polytetrafluoroethylene lined hoses can be used for a wide variety of chemicals, making it the ideal choice for very corrosive chemical applications and multiproduct applications. In some cases, PTFE has superior resistance to diffusion, for example to the diffusion of automotive fuels, in comparison with all other plastics and rubbers. We have top Quality Stainless Steel Braided hose available lined with PTFE. The pressure rating makes it suitable for use as Brake Lines, Clutch Lines, Oil and fuel.

You can find all of these products on our online shop. We have a dedicated fuel hoses section which is available here.

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Free downloadable car related Father’s Day cards

Father’s Day is special. It’s a day to say thank you to the male role models in our lives. Dad’s can fix everything, eat everything and have the best jokes around (not). So as Fathers day is nearing (17th June if you weren’t sure) we thought we would produce some free to download Father’s Day cards for our readers.

If you’re looking for a Father’s Day card for your car enthusiast Dad then why not download and print one for free! Great for the last minute card buyer!

In a tribute to the witty Dad jokes, that only they can get away, we’ve produced a set of five car parts based novelty cards. Take a look below and download your favourite. We’ve designed them to be as simple as possible so they should be easily printed at home and won’t use too much valuable ink!

Oh and don’t forget share these downloadable Father’s Day cards with all your friends everyone loves a freebie! Twitter @viperhoses or on Facebook here.

4 Free car based Father’s Day card options to choose from:

1. ‘Give Dad a brake’
Brake Disc Fathers Day CardOur First fathers day card focuses on giving Dad a break. Sticking with our car theme we have monopolised on a little pun with a visual of a brake disc.

Click here to download a printable PDF of the above card

2. Wheely good Father’s Day

Free Wheel - Tyre Fathers Day Card

Ok a little cheesy we know! But if your dad loves a good set of rims why not make his day with this wheely easy to download fathers day card.

Click here to download a printable PDF of the above card

3. Driving him round the bend 

Free Steering Wheel fathers day card

I think we are all guilty of driving our parents a little crazy at times. So if you’d like to say sorry for occasionally driving your Dad round the bend download this free fathers day card today.

Click here to download a printable PDF of the above card

4. Exhausted Daddy

Maybe he’s a new Daddy who is not getting much sleep, or just one who works too hard. If you want to treat your exhausted Dad with a great looking fathers day card download our free PDF.

Click here to download a printable PDF of the above card

5. Bigger Hose

Funny Free Fathers Day Card

If you like a slightly rude Fathers Day card then this one might be for you. This one reads ‘ Dad I overhead you praying for a bigger hose… You’re welcome’. This one might be for a slightly older audience but will definitely induce a laugh on Fathers Day. If you really want a laugh why not actually purchase a hose to accompany the card here.

Click here to download a printable PDF of the above card

 

If you like these cards let us know on Twitter @viperhoses or on Facebook here. We’d love pictures of your cards or your dads face when he receives it.

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