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.

A word from the Managing Director

I am writing to you from behind shut doors, as we in the UK, like most of the world, have been closed up and keeping our distance for the past month or so.

And, like the rest of you, we really miss the daily contact with all of our regular clients and new customers.

But we also consider ourselves extremely blessed that we’ve got such strong support from all of our regular customers

and the few trade clients remaining opened who we keep in touch with.

Our collection point closed up in Mid March. 

We’ve been lucky to have a well-oiled website and have even launched an all-new Home Page as a 1st phase to having an entirely new website soon together with a reduced team at Viper to keep us strong!

While a few VIper employees work offsite, a few keep the company trading as normal. (shipping which is out of our control may take longer than usual). 

With only a couple of staff in the office to handle basic operations, reduced staffing in production and the rest locked up at home, safe from this situation that’s managed to threaten the entire planet at once.

At the start of this all, we honestly didn’t know what to expect. But thanks to your support, we’re doing surprisingly well — going strong through our website, and shipping out orders

around the globe on a daily basis. We really owe you a lot — and right from the start, it was your support and enthusiasm for our product that always made it easy to do what we do. 

something that now, more than ever, keeps us going at a time when we might otherwise be running out of steam.

In a way, we’re almost getting back to our roots — Our early years of 2000~2003, when we were just a small website, with no trade desk, and a small team of hard-working staff who put in to help us grow.

It’s very much like that now — long days that are kind of exhausting, but also a bit thrilling — as we focus on the things that made us strong in the first place such as manufacturing and supplying quality

Universal silicone hoses and aluminium pipes. We are reducing the manufacturing and stocks of Hose Kits, so it is a good time to grab a bargain whilst our stocks last.

Ready-made Car Hose Kits will be made only to order after our clearout, our lead time will be 6-8 weeks for the foreseeable future. 

We have many universal hoses in stock for same-day shipping.

This time is an opportunity for us to focus and find time to develop many new shapes, sizes and components which we plan to launch throughout the rest of the year.

Your response to our work has been crucial the past few weeks — and as you may have noticed on our NEW website we have an excellent range of stocks and hoses with new stocks made daily.

We look forward to the time when our Collection point will be reopened to the public — but in the meantime, there’s a few of us working hard over at Viper Performance

The place where we started it all, and where we’re still very fortunate to have a refuge in this crisis.

Daniel Momcilovic

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.