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K03 Hybrid Turbo

We have recently carried out some development work using a K03 Hybrid Turbo for the Corsa D 1.6 Turbo engine; Z16LEx/A16LEx/B16LEx

Featuring a reworked compressor wheel and shaft, an uprated bearing pack and a modified inlet elbow, we tested the unit on a Corsa 1.6 Turbo on which we had previously carried out a full engine rebuild with low compression pistons and steel rods. The car was also complemented by a full 76mm exhaust system and CSRacing Intercooler and we achieved 258bhp.

Price: £1140 inc VAT based on rework to a brand new core unit including a reworked inlet elbow.

K03 Hybird Turbo

K03 Hybird Turbo

K03 Hybrid and Inlet Elbow

K03 Hybrid and Inlet Elbow

Courtenay Trio Excells at Thunder Road

For the third year in a row Courtenay Sport powered cars have come away victorious from Thunder Road, which this year was held on Saturday 8th August at the former RAF Woodbridge airbase.

The Thunder Road event is aimed at Performance VAUXHALL road going cars including all VXR models and is only open to road legal, taxed, tested and insured road vehicles. The competition comprises of 5 x 1 Mile Speed runs along the the 2 mile runway with the highest Terminal Speed at the 1 mile mark to count.

Congratulations to Andy Carr and Ben Gibson, who took first and second place in Class B for cars between 1601-2000cc and Tim Crane who won Class B for cars up to 1600cc. All three cars have been mapped by Courtenay Sport.

Andy driving his Courtenay Sport mapped Garrett equipped (GTx3076R) Astra G GSi 2.0 Turbo achieved a top speed of 173.86mph to win the class, beating the 2014 winning time for Class B.

Ben’s Courtenay Sport mapped Zafira B VXR with Garrett GT2871HTA turbo took second place at an extremely respectable top speed of 160.26mph; not bad for a 7 seat bus!

2015 was the third year that a Courtenay Sport car has won Class B. 2014 saw Rob Dennis run his Courtenay Sport mapped Garrett Turbo quipped Astra G across the line at 171.59mph, and 2013 the outright Class B winner was Wayne Townsend’s Courtenay Sport Astra H VXR.

Tim Crane was the winner of Class A, for vehicles up to 1600cc. His Stage 4 Corsa D VXR Sprint crossed the timing line at 138.73mph.

To show what an achievement Andy’s ‘almost’ 174mph top speed actually was, he would have also won Class C (2001-2800cc) and Class D (2801cc and above).

Overall 173.86mph placed Andy 4th overall (only loosing out to a couple of Monaros and a VXR8!), and Ben’s 160.26mph saw him 12th overall.

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Andy Carr’s Astra GSi

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Class B Winner

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Class B Winner

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Ben Gibson’s Zafira VXR

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Tim Crane’s Corsa VXR

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Ben’s Trophy and Engine

New Astra for the Racetrack

Rüsselsheim…. Opel is expanding its activities in customer touring car racing. Based on the new Astra, which will celebrate its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) this September (2015), the motorsports division of the Rüsselsheim-based carmaker is developing a touring car in accordance with the current regulations of the TCR series for national and international customer racing.

The TCR series, inaugurated in 2015, is based on a three-pillar concept that includes national and continental championships along with the global TCR International Series – all of which have exactly the same technical regulations. Therefore, a TCR vehicle can be used worldwide without undergoing any technical modifications. The two-liter turbo-charged engines have an output of 330 hp and maximum torque of 410 Nm.

“Touring car racing has always been an important part of Opel. The philosophy of the new TCR series corresponds to our idea of customer racing. We want to give ambitious privately owned teams a platform for exciting sport at reasonable costs,” said Opel Group CMO Tina Müller.

The Opel Astra TCR is currently under development and the technical specifications will be announced at a later date. Testing of the new customer sports touring car is set to start in October.

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Opel Motorsport Astra K

Astra H VXR Garrett Mapping

Another Astra H VXR in for mapping that has had a Garrett installation fitted to it. V Band Cast Manifold, Garrett GT2871HTA Motorsport Spec Turbocharger with metal bearing cage, Tial External Wastegate, AEM Dryflow Filter, 90mm AFM, 630cc Injectors, Aeromotive Fuel Pump, 80mm Inlet Pipe, 3″ Courtenay Klasen Downpipe, 3″ Courtenay Piper Exhaust System and CSRacing Full Height Front Mounted Intercooler.

Astra H VXR Garrett Mapping Session

Astra H VXR Garrett Mapping Session

Something Different

Something a little different……

Brought to us for an independent examination and mechanical inspection. The subject of an insurance claim (from a well known ‘local’ insurer) the car had suffered lower front end damage to the water radiator and dry sump set up. We were asked to carry out an inspection and to check that the engine was not seized.

Ferrari 575M

Ferrari 575M

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.

Read more

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.

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