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Vauxhall Reveals Seventh-Generation Astra

  • First pictures of new Brit-built Astra ahead of Frankfurt unveil
  • Up to 200kg lighter than outgoing model
  • Smaller outside, bigger inside
  • New engine portfolio including 1.4-litre (145PS) petrol
  • First all-new Vauxhall with OnStar
  • IntelliLink R 4.0 compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Luton – These are the first images of Vauxhall’s seventh-generation Astra, which will reach production later this year from the company’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant in Cheshire.

New Vauxhall Astra 2015

New Vauxhall Astra 2015

Based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, powertrains and technology, Astra will receive its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 17-27).

One the UK’s top-selling and best-loved cars, the Astra is a household name for British car buyers with over 2.9 million sold in the UK over the last 36 years with over 50,000 last year.

Depending on the model and trim level it will be up to 200kg (130kg on average) lighter than its predecessor. The completely new vehicle architecture plays a major role in the weight reduction. Every component was checked for compact design and lightweight materials. The body shell weight alone was reduced by 20 per cent from 357kg to 280kg.

Additional, chassis-related measures resulted in a further 50kg weight loss. These include high-strength and ultra-high-strength low-weight steels, compact subframes as well as weight reductions to the front and rear axle.

Powertrains

The all-new Astra features a powertrain portfolio including petrol and diesel units ranging from 100PS to 200PS.

It is expected that a new GSi model (247bhp) and VXR model (296bhp) will also be announced.

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Thermal Inlet Gasket Z16LEx/A16LEx/B16LEx

New Product, Now Available.

Thermal Inlet Gasket for 1.6 Turbo Z16LEx/A16LEx/B16LEx Engines.

Thermal Inlet Gasket Z16LEx/A16LEx/B16LEx

Thermal Inlet Gasket Z16LEx/A16LEx/B16LEx


Designed to reduce heat-soak from the cylinder head to the inlet manifold. Ideal for use with any engine, but especially big power builds.

Heat management is an area that is often ignored during engine modification. The Thermal Inlet Gasket will help prevent heat from conducting from the cylinder head casting into the inlet manifold, significantly reducing heat soak.

In theory, because of the cooler and denser inlet charge, a small and immediate power increase should be evident (if you can run a little more ignition timing before pre-ignition occurs then power should rise), but their main strength will be in helping to keep temperatures under control during and after prolonged engine use.

This 4mm thick high performance composite gasket, designed for optimal heat insulation, is available for Z16LEx/A16LEx/B16LEx engines and is paper coated on both sides to aid sealing.

£45.00

Number Plates – Perspex and Pressed Steel

In addition to our Courtenay Sport perspex number plates we are now also able to supply pressed steel plates.

Both types are UK road legal with Courtenay Sport logo, supplied in pairs. Available with or without the EU/GB Logo, at no extra cost.

Perspex number plates have red line border, pressed steel number plates have a black border, as shown below.

Perspex: £27.00 per pair including VAT and UK mainland delivery

Pressed Steel: £37.00 per pair including VAT and UK mainland delivery

Please > Contact Us < to order.

Front Pressed Steel Number Plate

Front Pressed Steel Number Plate

Rear Pressed Steel Number Plate

Rear Pressed Steel Number Plate

Note: We will require proof of ID and entitlement to use any number plates ordered from us, as per DVLA guidelines.

New Advert June 2015

Our Latest Advert revealed in Evo and Performance Vauxhall magazines.

Courtenay Sport Advert

Courtenay Sport Advert

Garrett Conversion Astra G 2.0 Turbo

Brought to us for a full conversion, this car now features a VXR engine with LEH forged pistons and ZRP Steel Rods, our V Band Cast Manifold, Garrett GT2871HTA turbo with 4″ inlet pipe, Tial External Wastegate, 3″ Courtenay Klasen Downpipe, 3″ Courtenay Piper Exhaust System, Courtenay Klasen Camshafts, CSRacing Full Height Front Mounted Intercooler, 90mm Air Flow Meter, 90mm AEM Dryflow Cone Filter and Courtenay Enlarged Plenum. Producing around 457bhp and 380 lb ft torque….. Nice.

Vauxhall Drivers’ Club Rolling Road Day

Saturday 16th May.

We had a varied selection of cars turn out for the VxDC Rolling Road day on Saturday 16th May, 2.0 16v Turbo Z20LEx engines being the most popular offering due to the wide range of tuning options available for this popular engine.

We were fortunate to have good weather, with sunshine for the most part of the day and a very good turnout of cars and people.

Thank you to everyone who attended the day and made it an enjoyable one.

Look out for the feature in a forthcoming edition of Performance Vauxhall magazine.

Big Brake Kits

Big Brake Kits are becoming more and more popular, especially the offerings from D2 and K Sport due to their price point and build quality. They offer immense stopping ability and the most popular sizes are 330mm and 356mm designed to fit under 17″ and 18″ wheels respectively, although in some instances a narrow wheel spacer may be required, depending on the wheels fitted.

D2 kits feature 6 pot calipers with road seals and cross drilled belled discs, K Sport calipers are 8 pot and use 8 grooved discs and are available in a range of caliper colours at no extra cost; Black, Red, Yellow, Orange (K Sport only), Purple (D2 Only).

Prices range from £899 – £1122. Avaiable for Astra G, Astra H, Corsa D, Vectra C, Zafira A, Zafira B, Vectra B

D2 6 Pot Caliper in Purple

D2 6 Pot Caliper in Purple

K Sport 8 pot Caliper in Orange

K Sport 8 pot Caliper in Orange

D2 6 Pot Caliper in Purple

D2 6 Pot Caliper in Purple

Classic 911 in for MOT

There is just something about the lines of a classic 911…. we had this immaculte car in recently for headlight bean alignment and MOT.

Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche 911 Targa

Astra 1.9 CDTi 150 Gearbox Overhaul

We recently had this Astra 1.9CDTi SRi 150 brought to us for a gearbox overhaul with new bearings for the M32 gearbox, replacement 75w-90 fully sythetic gearbox oil and at the same time a new genuine dual mass flywheel and Genuine OE clutch:

Astra SRi 1.9 CDTi

Astra SRi 1.9 CDTi

AMSOIL MTG 75w-90 Fully Synthetic Gearbox Oil

We have recently received stock of AMSOIL MTG Fully Synthetic Manual Transmission & Transaxle Gear Lube 75W-90 again in the UK after supply issues from the UK distributor.

A very high quality gearbox oil formulated specifically for demanding manual transmission and transaxle applications.

Ideal for extreme use for modified cars such as those regularly subjected to track use, and high horsepower fast road applications.

£21.00 per US Quart 

Amsoil MTG 75w-90

Amsoil MTG 75w-90

KW Coilover Kit Vectra B

This Vectra B is now sporting a KW V2 Coilover kit as its latest addition and is sitting pretty.

Vectra B on KW V2 Coilover kit

Vectra B on KW V2 Coilover kit

D2 Brake Kits

We had a couple of cars in recently for D2 big front brake upgrades, both receiving D2 6 Pot kits with 330mm alloy belled discs to fit under 17″ Alloy Wheels:

Purple Calipers:

D2 6 Pot 330mm Brake Kit

D2 6 Pot 330mm Brake Kit

Red Calipers:

D2 6 Pot 330mm Brake Kit

D2 6 Pot 330mm Brake Kit

Also available with 356mm discs to fit under 18″ Alloy Wheels.

Kit prices start at £1022.00 including DOT5.1 braked fluid, discs, bells, calipers, brackets, bolts, shims and braided front brake hoses.

Audi TT 2.0 TFSi Rolling Road

This Audi TT was brought to us for rolling road checking after having been fitted with a full exhaust system. The car was previously runing a Stage 1 remap prior to the fitting of the exhaust and had been updated with a new piece of software from a hand-held flash tool and the customer wanted to see the results.

After checking on the rolling road it became evident that further enhancements are required to the software due to the throttle closing at higher rpm.

Audi TT on Rolling Road

Audi TT on Rolling Road

Astravan 1.9 CDTi Upgrades

Upgrade work for this Astravan H CDTi included a new uprated clutch, new gearbox bearings and a Quaife Limited Slip Differential to help with the Stage 3 power and torque.

Astra H 1.9 CDTi Van

Astra H 1.9 CDTi Van

EBC Yellow Pads for Astra J VXR

Astra J GTC VXR models, which have the Brembo 4 pot front calipers and 355mm brake discs now have available the choice of EBC Yellowstuff pads for front and rear.

Available for the front at £112.80 per set, this is a slightly less expensive option for the cost concious to the currently favoured Brembo Sport HP2000 pad which is receiving excellent reviews and feedback.

The rear pad set is £49.80

Both options are available for online purchase from our website shop.

Astra H VXR Routine Maintenance

Some people are under the impression that we only modify and tune Vauxhalls, but we do also carry out regular maintenance, servicing and repairs.

This modified Astra H VXR was brought to us for a full enhanced service which includes a thorough inspection, an oil and filter change, replacement of the air and pollen filters (or cleaning and re-oiling a high flow panel filter), replacement of the spark plugs with NGK iridiums and a brake fluid change to DOT 5.1 brake fluid. We use OE/OEM filters and high quality Valvoline 5w-40 fully synthetic engine oil.

Additionally at the customer’s request, the rocker cover gasket was replaced as it was leaking. We also replaced the oil filler cap seal which was also leaking and allowing oil to escape, which was picked up during inspection.

During the inspection it was also noted that the factory hydraulic gearbox mount had failed, which is not uncommom, splitting and leaking all its oil and causing the engine/gearbox to move excessively. The mount was replaced and additionally strengthened with a polyurethane insert to help reduce engine/gearbox movement and reduce the likelihood of the mount failing in the future.

Astra H VXR Enhanced Service

Astra H VXR Enhanced Service

Golf Mk 6 GTi Rolling Road Session

This low mileage VW Golf Mk6 GTi was brought to us for a health and power/torque check on our rolling road.

VW Golf Mk 6 Rolling Road

VW Golf Mk 6 Rolling Road

Poly Bushes for Vauxhall/Opel Adam

Polyurethane Bushes are available for Vauxhall/Opel Adam models to help stiffen the chassis.

Available is Purple Spec material for road use or Black Spec material for track use.

The front kit comprises Front Wishbone Front Bushes, Front Wishbone Rear Busehs and Front Anti Roll Bar Bushes at £220.80 (purple) and £250.80 (black) per set.

Rear Beam Mounting Bushes are £69 (purple) and £76.80 (black) per pair.

Also available is a Rear Lower Engine Mount Insert £21.60 (road) and £24.00 (black).

Vauxhall Adam

Vauxhall Adam

These bushes can be purchased by telephone for mail order and will be available for online purchase soon.

VX220 2.2 Upgrades

This very clean low mileage VX220 2.2 came to us for some pre trackday checks and upgrades prior to its owner getting involved in doing some UK track days.

VX220 2.2 16v

VX220 2.2 16v

Apart from the obvious fluid changes; oil (5w-40 Fully Synthetic) and filter, brake fluid and gearbox oil (75w-90 Fully Synthetic), the spark plugs were also replaced with NGK platinum plugs. A thorough inspection identified a few other areas that required some work. The rear spring seats/damper collars were corroding quite badly, which is not unusual over time and so were replaced, both side engine mounts had separated and were replaced and an uprated polyurethane insert was fitted to the front engine mount to help reduce engine movement. The header tank had started to crack and degrade, again another quite common issue, so to prevent premature failure on track a new one was fitted.

VX220 2.2 16v

VX220 2.2 16v

The brakes pads were getting low and so M1155 brakes pads were fitted front and rear as a starting point. Further attention will be paid to the brakes and suspension as the driver finds his ‘track legs’, so to speak.

To improve performance the ecu was remapped and a K&N Induction kit fitted. One a rolling road set up was carried out we saw results of 156bhp and 163 lb ft torque.

Finally front a rear towing eyes were fitted (essential for trackday use) and a set of Team Dynamics pro Race 1.2 alloy wheels with some trackday tyres finished off the package.

This should prove to be a very good and enjoyable track day car.

Golf Mk5 GTi Remap

A standard Golf Mk5 GTi brought to us for ECU remapping and rolling road set up achieving 240bhp.

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