We have expanded our range of Y piece Silicone Hoses

Our unique Y piece silicone hoses are a very useful connector if you’ve got two pipes going into one – otherwise impossible to obtain. With our recent expansion of our Y piece silicone hose connectors, we have sizes varying between 32mm and 76mm. the main body is larger than the diameter, splitting and reducing down to two equal branches.

These connectors are carefully moulded by hand and there is no ‘flashing’ of any silicone inside the join which provides excellent water and airflow.

The Y piece silicone hose connector is suitable for applications including trucks, vehicles, boats and anything else with an engine.

See our expanded range of Y piece Silicone Hoses here

Preparing your Car for Winter

Car in winter snowWhile the dark nights are getting closer, it’s said that Britain could experience one of the coldest Winters in 30 years.

Last year, the ‘Beast from the East’ saw temperatures plunge down to a shivering -14°C, with winds reaching 70mph. Scientists have predicted that the central England temperature for this Winter will be even lower than last year*. With these brutal times approaching, just sparing a few minutes maintenance on your car could see it through the worst of the weather.

Here’s our guide to preparing your Car for Winter.

  1. Get your Car Serviced before Winter

It’s known by every car driver that the cold causes problems for cars but, what isn’t known is that up to half of the problems could have been prevented by a regular servicing. Save yourself the cost and inconvenience and book your car in for a service now. In winter, lots of garages offer discounted or even free ‘winter car checks’ so take advantage of some of these which may be local to you.

  1. Check your Cars Battery

It’s obvious that during winter you use your lights, heater and blower much more frequent. Suffering from almost double use, checking your battery should always be priority. If your car is having trouble when starting, get the battery checked out as soon as possible. Worst case scenario is that your car won’t start because of a flat battery. If this happens, try giving your car a jump start.

  1. Condition of Tyres

Your vehicles tyres are important for both braking and steering so keeping them in good condition is very important. Despite the legal minimum of a 1.6mm depth, we advise that you stick to a minimum of 3mm during winter. This just helps improve the grip of your car on ice and snow.

  1. Top up Engine Coolant

In the colder months, antifreeze will be extremely important for ensuing your engine doesn’t over-heat. Your engine coolant should be a 50/50 mix between antifreeze and water, this is because antifreeze becomes diluted over time.

  1. Give your Windscreen a check

Before winter, give your windscreen a thorough check for any cracks and chips. During winter, water can seep into these cracks, freeze and then cause expansion. Getting anything repaired before this can happen can save lots of money.

  1. Carry a Winter Breakdown Kit

In case of emergency, we advise carrying a breakdown kit in your car during winter. This kit should include some of these essentials if not all:

  • Torch
  • Blanket
  • Shovel
  • Hi-vis vest
  • Food and water
  • De-icer and scraper

Taking extra precaution when driving in bad weather is how you ensure your safety. We strongly advise that you always travel with a fully charged mobile just in case you find yourself in an accident or breakdown.

  1. Comprehensive Cover

Having comprehensive breakdown cover is vital at this time of year. The last thing you want is an accident and then being stranded in the cold. So, check with your policy and have the peace of mind knowing you are covered.

  1. Prepare!

If you know you need to be somewhere at a specific time, plan your journey ahead. Check for any road closures or delays and allow plenty of time for your journey. Being in a rush when the weather is bad increases your chances of being in a road car accident – so be prepared!

Customer Creations

Engine showing red silicone hoses

We love to see images from our customers which show our products insitu.

Instagram is a great source of inspiration to see what people can do with our individual components. Here at Viper we are always keeping an eye on our social media to see these great examples of engine upgrades. Just look at how great this engine bay look with Viper Performance silicone hoses.

Or this example of an induction setup for an Alfa Romeo. Our Silicone hoses are the perfect components for people like berlinasportivo to create such systems.

If you would like your creation featured on our social media and website then @viperperform in your Instagram posts or use the hashtag #viperhoses.

We look forward to seeing your creations.

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Difference between Stage 1,2 and 3 Tuning

car modsTuning companies often talk about stage 1,2 and 3 mods. But what are these mods and what do they mean?

These stages are often meaningless terms when applied to power gains as they can’t reliably be used to explain how much power a mod actually adds. Between stage 1,2 and 3 there is no consistent different between their classifications. However, there are some points which differentiate a ‘typical’ mod in each stage.

Stage 1 Modifications

A true stage 1 modification doesn’t require any other engine mod to get it to work, this means it can be added in isolation. Other mods can help to raise the power gains and realise the potential of the mod, they aren’t mandatory. These are at the bottom of the tuning scene in terms of the overall benefits you will receive. Stage 1 modifications are usually a straightforward DIY fit, they should also work on a standard engine that’s in good condition.

Some examples of Stage 1 mods include panel air filters, sports exhausts and fuel pressure regulators.

Stage 2 Modifications

Stage 2 mods tend to offer larger power gains than stage 1 but will require additional work on other parts if you want them to work reliably. Like stage 1, stage 2 mods are usually a DIY fit but will require more specialist knowledge and tools.

Some examples of stage 2 mods include aggressive remap that requires a stronger turbo, sports exhaust requiring new headers and internal mods requiring fuel to be uprated.

Stage 3 Modifications

Stage 3 modifications are known by most as a track day modification. Similarly, to stage 2, they will also require other mods to support them but they are usually less ideal for road use due to there aggressiveness. A stage 3 modified car will need to be regularly overhauled and serviced.

Some examples of stage 3 mods include aggressive cam profiles, heavy competition clutch and ultralight flywheels.

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Why is putting a F1 Engine in a Road Car so Difficult?

f1 to roadFormula 1 cars and road cars share the same components and operating features but that’s as far as similarities go. Formula 1 engines are very difficult to start. Due to the complexity they can’t cold-start, this means warm oil needs to be plumbed through the engine for a couple hours prior to firing it up. As you are aware of, starting a car doesn’t require this preparation, you can just get going right away.

Formula 1 engines also have a high-revving nature. This isn’t as much of a problem in ultra-light F1 cars, but with the additional weight of a street car, it would cause many issues for the engine. This is the reason for why Mercedes – AMG engineers reduced the engines redline to 11,00 rpm for the One hypercar – still a stratospheric number.

Next, the cost. Formula 1 car engineering demands a lot of money to develop. This means a legal street F1 hypercar would have a very high price tag. For this high price, people would expect a hypercar that will last – this is not a strong feature of F1 cars. One engine usually lasting 2 races means they need rebuilding and replacing quite often. For buyers, this constant need for work is a major put off.

2 Grades of exhaust wraps available

If your car needs reduced engine under bonnet temperatures and the hot exhaust gas dispersion time needs to be improved then exhaust wraps are a great solution. They are ideal for reducing engine temperatures and improving exhaust gas temperatures.

We have 2 grades available:

black heat wrap 1 – Fiber Glass exhaust wraps

Exhaust wraps produced with Fiber Glass are suitable for manifold applications up to 550°C. Simply wrap around your manifold to reduce engine temperatures, and improve exhaust gas temperatures. 1″ rolls are best suited for applying on tight radius manifolds 2″ rolls are easier to apply and neater for longer straight sections. Available in Natural or Black colours.

Find out more here.

Please Note: Cable Ties are not included but can be purchased here

2 – Titanium

titanium heat wrap

This is superb quality exhaust wrap for very hot manifolds up to 700°C.
If other materials have failed try this. Wrap around your manifold to reduce engine temperatures, and improve exhaust gas temperatures. This particular exhaust wrap will give high heat protection to any exhaust application. Available in a bronze colour only.

Find out more here

 

Please Note: Cable Ties are not included but can be purchased here

The simple way to plumb in an Air sensor

If you are wishing to modify your air intake system, build a custom induction kit or simply modifying your ECU setup then check out this product.

This handy aluminium pipe has been specially developed to enable you to connect two silicone hoses together, or simply weld into a custom air intake pipework.

It has a M10x1.25 female thread TIG welded into the centre of the pipe and positioned so that you can easily plumb an air sensor into the pipe.

The pipe is mirror polished 6063 aluminium, with roll beaded ends for perfect hose retention. The thread is CHC machined and TIG welded into centre.

Buy yours here

Driverless cars, the future?

Following a detailed regulatory review the Government confirmed that there are no legal barriers to the testing of automated vehicles on public roads. It has launched the first official UK trials of driverless cars.

driverless lorrySo are driverless cars something we will see in the near future?

There are certainly many developments happening from a variety of manufacturers. A self-driving shuttle bus service is to be deployed in New York City this year and a driverless lorry has been let loose on Swedish roads.

US chipmaker Nvidia is teaming up with Volvo to develop artificial intelligence for self-driving trucks. Volvo will be making use of the Drive AI platform for vehicles developed by Nvidia, put together with its vehicles. The partnership is expected to last several years and will aim to develop a system enabling autonomous trucks to drive safely on motorways and roads alongside existing traffic.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric car company Tesla, has said he expects the firm to have self-driving “robotaxis” on the road by 2020. Mr Musk said he expected the scheme to operate on a model similar to that of Uber or Airbnb.

Will driverless cars make the roads less congested?

Cambridge University researchers produced a model of automated vehicles which could communicate with each other. They say it shows driverless cars working together could improve traffic flow by at least 35%. Cambridge University researchers programmed 16 miniature cars to drive on a two-lane track to see how they fared when one of them stopped. In the study traffic queues formed, but when the cars’ communication system was turned on, they slowed down to allow each other to pass the stationary car.

What are your thoughts about driverless vehicles?

Radical road legal Rapture blurs the lines between race and road

radicalRadical Sportscars has blurred the lines between road and race performance. The new road-legal sports car, the Rapture was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Designed to bring unparalleled performance to the street. The Rapture has built on the British marque’s extensive experience of top-level motorsport engineering and design.

The Rapture is built in accordance with the UK’s Individual Vehicle Approval framework to ensure its road-legal nature. It has been driven by demand from both its existing customer base and the potential to expand its market boundaries,

It is also intended for European markets from launch, with homologation for worldwide territories to follow. The Rapture will also be a timely boost for British industry, being solely built, engineered and designed at the company’s Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) production facility.

Radical claims that no other street-legal car available today offers the same percentage of race-bred DNA as the Rapture. This makes it the ideal choice for customers seeking a raw, exhilarating driving experience.

Want to make a custom fuel rail?

Viper Performance bring you a ready made off the shelf fuel rail allowing you to make your very own custom made fuel rail. This product is ideal for car builders, tuners or race teams.

Our top grade 6061 aluminium extruded rail has a 16.1mm bore, and is 1 meter long ready for you to cut, drill and modify to suit your application. Available in three finishes, anodised black, natural and polished which one will you choose?

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