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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

 

Useful Hose Components

hose componentsWithin our online shop you will find a large selection of very useful parts and components for your silicone or rubber hoses and aluminium pipes. All manufactured to a very high-quality standard, manufactured to our exacting specification these parts are very hard to find, and very handy to have around.

We supply the following:

– Hose blanking plugs: designed to push inside a hose and provide a strong secure seal in any silicone hose, without slipping out.

– Pipe Blanking caps: Specially designed cover / dust caps for blocking off redundant connections, seal off vacuum connections, carburettors, Intake manifolds etc..

– Aluminium Weld-on Boses: A range of weld-on boses available including barbed, female and male.

– Self Seal Hose take offs: Simply drill a small hole into the hose where required, and pop this special fitting into the hose to produce a special take-off port in a rubber or silicone hose.

See the whole range here.

What are Ultra Flex Hoses?

ultra flex hosesViper Performance once again bring you a unique and specialist product not available elsewhere!

Our UltraFlex silicone hoses offer fantastic flexibility with incredibly tight bend radius not at all possible with any Superflex silicone hoses or standard lengths.

What can they be used for?

Our silicone hoses are ideal for air intakes, cooling, water, or moderate pressure applications and larger diameters. They are also very popular with industrial applications, or marine application and even power generators.

What are they made from?

These lightweight hoses are handmade in silicone, reinforced with polyester fabric, and feature a wire spiral inside a specially convoluted section to create an extremely flexible hose connection otherwise not possible with other hoses.

What sizes and colours do they come in?

This hose only comes in 750mm long total length including 50mm flat section cuffs each end and are available in blue. Black is possible by special order and minimum 20 pieces per size.

Viper Performance hoses come with a lifetime warranty! So, order your own Ultra Flex Hose today.

 

 

Silicone Hoses for commercial vehicles

bus hosesViper Performance manufactures and distributes the highest quality silicone hoses on the market today. All of our hoses are hand-built using the latest and best materials at a very competitive price. Automotive hoses are in fact our speciality and have been since 2005. But we don’t just produce standard car hoses, we can also produce hoses for commercial vehicles such as buses, and trucks.

Our silicone hoses are designed to last, out-performing many other hoses offered on the market today.

Why Silicone?

Silicone outperforms other natural organic rubber hose materials in terms of life expectancy and reliability on engine, radiator, heater and intercooler applications.

Our hoses are mandrel built to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R1 (standard wall) class A. Alternatively in single ply construction, manufactured by continuous methods, to conform to the requirements of SAE J20 R3 and R4 class A.

Our Hoses are Euro 6 Compliant

January 2016 saw the introduction of Euro VI regulations for newly registered vehicles. This ensures manufacturers comply with the regulations which, primarily call for further reductions in levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Working with several major vehicle producers, Viper Performance already have turbo-charger (CAC), coolant and air intake hoses, for Euro VI vehicles. Using high-quality silicone compounds, and newer Aramid fabrics capable of withstanding 250°C in our CAC hoses and revised constructions for coolant hoses, both are more than capable of performing reliably on any modern engine.

Our fluorosilicone lined hoses, ensure all potential issues are covered now and into the future. 

What do Viper Performance build hoses for?

  • Radiators
  • Water Systems
  • Coolant
  • Breather systems
  • Intercooler Connections
  • Charge Air Cooler
  • and more …

Why you should order your hoses with us

Our Truck and Bus hoses are designed and built to maintain a high degree of rigidity to withstand strong, negative pressures while remaining flexible enough to cope with significant movement between air filter and engine.

From enquiry to finished delivered product, you will receive the level of service you expect from a professional company, with all of our attention focused on quality and customer satisfaction.

Contact us today for more information.

The 2020 F1 race calendar

As we head into December the New Year is looming and a new race calendar is on the Horizon. Lewis Hamilton is now a six-time world champion and just one-off Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles. Mercedes successfully defended the World Constructors’ Championship, securing the title for the sixth consecutive year.

2019 has been another interesting year for F1 and I think everyone is looking forward to 2020, so here is the current line up:

March 15Australian GP – Melbourne
March 22Bahrain GP – Sakhir
April 5Vietnam GP – Hanoi
April 19Chinese GP – Shanghai
May 3Dutch GP – Zandvoort*
May 10Spanish GP – Barcelona
May 24Monaco GP – Monaco
June 7Azerbaijan GP – Baku
June 14Canadian GP – Montreal
June 28French GP – Paul Ricard
July 5Austrian GP – Spielberg
July 19British GP – Silverstone
August 2Hungarian GP – Budapest
August 30Belgian GP – Spa-Francorchamps
September 6Italian GP – Monza
September 20Singapore GP – Marina Bay
September 27Russian GP – Sochi
October 11Japanese GP – Suzuka
October 25United States GP – Austin
November 1Mexico City GP – Mexico City
November 15Brazilian GP – Interlagos
November 29Abu Dhabi GP – Yas Marina