Our Top Blogs in 2020

As we are nearing the end of 2020 we thought we would do a roundup of the blog posts which have been viewed the most this year.

1. WHAT DIFFERENCE DO SILICONE HOSES MAKE?

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In this blog from back in 2018 we answer some of the most common questions regarding silicone superiority and effects on performance. We even discuss applications that silicone may not be the best for. Read full blog here.

2. ARE SILICONE HOSES FUEL RESISTANT?

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We are not surprised that this blog made it into the top 3 this year its a a question we know gets asked often. Can you use silicone hoses for fuel hoses? Well this blog answers this question and provides the more suitable alternative hoses. Read full blog here 

3. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STAGE 1,2 AND 3 TUNING

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Tuning companies often talk about stage 1,2 and 3 mods. But what are these mods and what do they mean? This blog gives you the low down Read full blog here 

4. HOW DRIVING THROUGH WATER AFFECTS YOUR CAR

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Rain is something that we are very familiar with here in the UK. When possible, it’s best to avoid deep puddles, or at least drive slowly through them, to prevent water from splashing into the upper part of the vehicle. But, if you are unlucky enough to stall in water, this blog may give you an insight into what happened. Read full blog 

5. HOW DOES A FUEL SURGE TANK WORK?

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A surge tank is an important part of any turbo’s fuel system as it stops your engine from starving of fuel. This blog goes over how a fuel surge tank works. Read full blog

Troubleshooting issues with your silicone hoses

Upgraded silicone hoses

Silicone hoses are supple, chemical-resistant, anti-conductors, and can withstand a wide range of temperature extremes and therefore really do a great job at replacing rubber hoses. Whilst they are durable and long-lasting, there are a few things which can fail and these are mostly down to user error or lack of maintenance so we thought we would run through some issues you could come across.

Clogged hoses

You do not want your silicone hoses to clog, solidify, or get damaged in their operation. It is therefore imperative that you select the correct diameter the wrong one can render your operation ineffective. Temperatures, velocity, and pressure all change throughout production, so it’s important to factor these variables and be certain that you are you using the right diameter of silicone hose for your application.

Vibration

Although vibration is a normal part of production too much vibration can compromise the lifespan. Heavy vibration can shake loose silicone hoses from their clamps or cause them to become tangled and warped over time. If you think you are getting too much vibration then ensure that you’re inspecting it regularly for worn or loose bearings, rotating components and misalignments.

Hoses Degrading

Not all hoses are created equal. While silicone hoses have longevity they still succumb to wear and tear over their lifespan. It’s important that you choose a silicone hose that’s compatible with your industry’s requirements. There are industries that require a fluorocarbon-lined silicone hose to handle specific liquids such as oil and fuel or the food and beverage industry that needs food-grade silicone. If your hose is degrading consider whether it has been selected properly for the job it needs to do.

The 2030 diesel and petrol car ban – what does it mean for you?

diesel carThe sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will end in 2030 the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. It’s part of what he’s calling a “green industrial revolution” and he’s pledged to invest more than £2.8bn in electric vehicles. But what do these changes mean for motorists?

Does it mean I’ll have to scrap my petrol or diesel car by 2030? 

Put simply no. The ban is only on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. The average life of a car before it’s scrapped in 13.9 years, so we’re going see petrol and diesel cars bought just before the 2030 deadline will be on the road until well into the mid-2040s. What it does mean is that numbers will dwindle as car makers won’t be investing in the technology over the next decade. Petrol and diesel fuel will still be available at filling stations, but again expect pumps to gradually be replaced with chargers.

What about my classic car, will I still be able to drive it?

Unfortunately the jury is still out on this one. Some classic car experts predict that the bottom may fall out of the mainstream classic market, with classics becoming gallery pieces. While others predict a boom as petrol heads who can no longer get their fix with a new car switch to classics. But what is likely is an increase in taxes on classic cars and potentially bans from urban areas.

What areas are currently in the Very High Tier

stop signOne of the restrictions in the very high tier areas is that you should try to avoid travelling into them other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey. We therefore wanted to inform drivers which areas of the Country are currently in the Local COVID alert level: very high.

At the time of writing this blog the areas in the very high tier were:

Liverpool City Region

  • Liverpool
  • Knowsley
  • Wirral
  • St Helens
  • Sefton
  • Halton

Lancashire

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Burnley
  • Chorley
  • Fylde
  • Hyndburn
  • Lancaster
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Ribble Valley
  • Rossendale
  • South Ribble
  • West Lancashire
  • Wyre

Greater Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan
  • Salford
  • Rochdale
  • Oldham

South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Sheffield

Winter car preparations

winter carLast years blog on ‘Preparing your car for winter’ was very popular and therefore we wanted to update our key tips ready for the cold weather coming round again.

Here’s our guide to preparing for Winter driving

1. Breakdown cover

After the year that we have had one of the most important this going into this winter is ensuring you can get home if the worst was to happen and you breakdown. With it looking more likely that restrictions will still be in place over the winter it is no longer a given that all garages, hotels and other amenties would be open to you. Therefore investing in breakdown cover is a sensible option. Even during the national lockdown earlier in the year the Rescue & Recovery Industry was recognised as ‘Key Workers’ within a critical sector.

2. Get your Car Serviced before Winter

Cold causes problems for cars but up to half of the problems could have been prevented by a regular servicing. Save yourself the cost and inconvenience and if possible 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.

3. Battery check

Lights, heaters and blowers suffer from almost double the use in winter. Checking your battery should always be priority. If your car is having trouble when starting, get the battery checked out as soon as possible.

4. Check those Tyres

Your vehicles tyres are important for both braking and steering. It is essential to keep them in good condition. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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
  • Phone charger/Power bank

7. 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!

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

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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