The low down on MOTs in 2020

mechanic undertaking an mot testDue to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing in March. However, as restrictions were eased, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van was due for an MOT test from 1 August were required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle. This means that if your MOT test is due you SHOULD book it in for an MOT.

Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August still receive a 6-month exemption from testing. However, all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a roadworthy condition, and people are able to voluntarily get their MOT sooner should they wish, even if they are exempt from the legal requirement. It is important to remember that as a motorist you can be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

While exemptions are still available for vehicle owners with an MOT due date before 1 August, it is vital that drivers still take their vehicle to be checked if they notice something is wrong in the same way that they usually would.

Keeping public transport moving with Rail and Bus Hoses

rail hosesViper Performance flame-retardant hoses are designed for optimum reliability in the demanding environment of transport applications. Our LSLM hoses are made with a specialist grade silicone normally used in applications requiring flame-retardant properties. The material performs mechanically as our normal automotive grade silicone, however, in case of fire, it will take longer to ignite. When burning, only low smoke and low toxic fumes are emitted.

The construction of fire retardant hoses is always made to your bespoke specification. The Viper Performance sales team will work with you on your project should you require specific construction. The number of plies will vary depending on the working pressure, bore size, and required wall thickness. A galvanised spring steel wire helix can be added for high or low pressure applications, or where extra flexibility or movement is required.

Viper Performance will be able to provide tooling for any shape, metal inserts, or complete hose assemblies.

If you are interested in this service please contact us on sales@viper-performance.co.uk

Specially machined T- piece hose joiners

t piece aluminium pipeViper Performance Aluminium T Piece connecting pipes are CNC machined from thick walled material, and TIG welded offering a very high quality product.

The T-pieces are ideal for connecting dump valves, plumbing in breathers, or water hoses into your connection.

These T piece joiners boast a specially machined out groove area* for clamps to sit firmly into. This ensures the best possible leak free connection.

Many sizes are available with 12mm to 25mm take offs and 32mm-76mm main bodys. Click here to view the sizes and purchase.

Silicone T-piece hoses are also available.

* Please note that HJ-T32-12 and HJ-T32-16 are a slightly different build spec (Just a plain bead each end no machined grooved clamping area). Please email for examples.

4 electric cars to watch out for in 2020/21

electric carHere are some highlights of the latest electric vehicles available to order now and in the near future.

BMW i4

BMW has recently been converting much of its luxury car range into plug-in hybrids. Until now though, its pure electric offerings have been limited to just the i3 hatchback, which has been with us for seven years. BMW is however readying an all-electric version of the popular X3 mid-size SUV and even more interestingly, there is a new zero-emissions four-door coupé model on the way, known as the i4. This will form a key part of an expanding range of all-elected BMW ‘i’ cars expected in the next few years.

Volvo XC40 Recharge
The first of 5 all-electric models to be introduced by Volvo in the next five years, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 is available to order now from £53,155.

Peugeot e-2008

The Peugeot 2008 benefits from a sharp new design, which is worlds away from its rather frumpy predecessor. The interior has been similarly uplifted, with sharp styling, better quality materials and the introduction of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit digital driver display, which was previously only available on the brand’s larger models.

Citroën E-C4

The electric version of the C4 the E-C4 bridges the gap between a family hatchback and full crossover. It follows the current Citroën design language of voluptuous lines and bold front-end styling.

Why choose our aluminium pipes for your next build?

aluminium pipesViper Performance’s Hose Joiners are ideal for joining hoses for Intercoolers, Radiators, Air induction, Superchargers, intercooler systems or for making any D.I.Y system. There are many reasons why our aluminium pipes are superior to others on the market. Here are just a few benefits of our pipes:

10 reasons to select our aluminium hose joiners:

  1. Mandrel bend

Our pipes offer the tightest bend radius on market (most bends are 1.2D),

  1. Mirror polished

Because our pipes have no coating they are easier to weld.

  1. Roll beaded ends

The roll beaded ends on our pipes offer the best hose retention out there.

  1. Seamless tubing

Our high quality production guarantees seamless tubing

  1. Wall thickness 1.6 to 2.0mm

A range of wall thicknesses available

  1. Bends have 152x 152mm leg

Standard pipes have 152 x 152 mm legs however we do now supply longer legs in some sizes.

  1. Clean finish ready to use

No extra work on your behalf the hose will arrive clean and ready to use

  1. Protected with bubble wrap

For your piece of mind, your hose will be safe both whilst in our stock room and in transit

  1. Universal

Viper Performance Aluminium Hose Joiners are designed to fit perfectly with any universal silicone hose.

  1. Established company

Trading for over 15 years we are an established trustworthy company

Take a look at the range here

Upgraded Flexible Coolant Hoses now have smooth outer

flexible hoseOur flexible silicone hose is constructed with a wire helix embedded into the wall of the hose. We have recently upgraded these hoses which means that we offer smooth versions for 16, 19 and 25mm ID hoses. The hoses will have grooves on the outside for 32, 35 and 38mm ID hoses to help with getting the tightest possible bend radius.

A fantastic product to connect your coolant hoses or water hoses where normal pre-moulded elbows just won’t do.

How flexible are these hoses?

The hoses do have their limitations due to the wall thickness. They cannot bend into very tight multiple bends, for example a 32mm hose will do a U bend, or a couple of 90° bends to create an “S Shape” , the 35 and 38mm ID hose gets stiffer only good for gentle bends such as one 90° or offset angles where normal silicone hoses will kink immediately. Buy yours here.

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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.

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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.