New Pipercross Venom For VW Golf 5 2.0T and Audi S3

Filtration specialist Pipercross has released a bespoke version of its ground breaking Venom sealed induction kit. This latest version is for the VW Golf Mark 5 2.0T and its mechanical sibling, the Audi S3.

The new Venom induction kit uses ground breaking new construction and material choices to give their best ever air-flow yet in a sealed intake design. This latest kit comes complete with OEM Style ‘hard piping’ with engine heat shields and MAF aperture, plus all accessories needed for a quick and easy fitment. The filter inside is easily removable for cleaning and maintenance, while the ingenious ‘click-together’ design makes for light weight. Essential for track and race applications.
The Venom has a massive 100mm open neck to allow maximum cold airflow though into the filter within. As well as being shielded from engine bay heat soak by the air-tight conical outer, the filter inside has a significantly larger surface area than any other sealed induction kit on the market. This increased airflow means more power, more torque and ultimately, more throttle response through each gear.

The filter inside uses a unique multi-laminated open cell polyurethane foam construction, meaning the Venom can actually filter down to a much finer rate than the OEM part, preventing any foreign particles from entering the induction tract and protecting the engine. This same construction means that the filter can also go longer between service intervals than even leading cotton-gauze filters, before needing to be cleaned.

In independent testing, with the factory ECU still in situ, the new kit recorded an impressive 35Nm increase at just 2750 rpm and a useful 7 BHP at 4650 RPM. This is despite the tendency for the VW’s ingenious management system to ‘balance out’ the effects of improved airflow. The kit’s real benefits will be seen on mapped or ‘chipped’ cars where the additional flow rates can be allied to improved fuelling and boost parameters to deliver truly significant gains.

Prices start at just £219.99 including VAT.

For more details on the Pipercross range, please visit or call the team on 01604 707750.

RCM Launch New Impreza Wide Track Time Attack Kit

Respected Subaru tuner Roger Clark Motorsport has unveiled an unparalleled no-compromise chassis upgrade for competitors looking to achieve the ultimate in handling and performance.

Their new Impreza kit is aimed squarely at the top-end competition market and uses the finest materials and construction to allow tuners to run the car radically low for circuit work, without compromising the geometry of the suspension arms. This is achieved by a drastic re-positioning of all key components, meaning that the new, rose-jointed arms can achieve the factory’s desired downward position at rest, as opposed to the undesirable uplifted situation that results from simply lowering a stock chassis set-up. Using this kit, the car can be lowered by over 3” without deviating from the suspension’s optimum positioning.

Material choice is exemplary. The uprights and brackets in the kit are machined from a solid HE15 billet, before being fitted with the very latest Subaru competition-spec wheel bearings and 22B wide track hubs. The studs used are also toughened and extended versions to allow a wide range of motorsport wheels to be fitted. The compression struts and track control arms are precision fabricated from Cro-Moly and utilise precise rose joints to ensure stiffness and accuracy in their movement.

As well as improving the geometry considerably, the kit also endows the recipient car with an increased track of 30mm per side, improving handling and turn-in further still,

The kit is engineered to suit each bespoke application, so can be ordered for any GC8 or GD8 chassis. Understandably, with every solution being tailor-made, prices are available on application.

For more details on the team and their extensive Subaru range, please visit or call them on 01455 828610.

Alternative Energy Racing 2010 at Santa Pod Raceway

Santa Pod Raceway, the home of European Drag racing is once again throwing open its doors to motorsport’s greenest event; The Alternative Energy Racing day on Friday 23rd April. Motorsport doesn’t at first seem like the obvious place to showcase vehicles for a more sustainable lifestyle, but there is only one future for all of us, and that’s cleaner and greener… motorsport included.

Alternative Energy Racing is entering its third year in 2010, and it has been developed as an event exclusively for vehicles that do not burn fossil fuels. That means for one afternoon a year, petrol and diesel is banned from the petrol-head Mecca of Santa Pod Raceway, and alternative fuel and electric vehicles will hit the dragstrip on Friday 23rd April.

You don’t have to believe in global climate change to realise that burning fossil fuels is a bad thing. There are all sorts of good reasons to look to the future for personal transport and racing right now and prove that performance doesn’t have to mean pollution. Alternative Energy Racing is here to bring together people working in the field of alternative fuels, racing and future transportation, and put the technology through its paces on the proving ground of the Santa Pod’s hallowed quarter mile.

The event is open to companies, individuals, universities, colleges and clubs, and all types of vehicles are welcome, provided they are powered by energy that can be produced in a sustainable manner. That could include cars, bikes and trucks using biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas, electric, hydrogen, compressed gas, and even synthesised fuels.

Entry and tracktime at the event is FREE for all suitable entries registered through the official website. Taking part is fun, free, and can be an important way to test vehicle performance.

Registration forms and full event info is available online at: or by contacting Santa Pod Raceway

For more information, please visit or contact Rick Cuthbert on 0208 852 5005 or via [email protected]