Motorsport Tools Blog

  • Back in Stock- Motamec Laser Wheel Alignment Tracking Gauges

    These Motamec laser tracking gauges are now back in stock, ideal for the home mechanic and race / rally teams, simple to use, works just like the Dunlop type tracking gauges!

    Buy it now: Motamec Tracking Gauges

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  • New TOLSEN tool brand added this week including VDE Line

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    Our newest tool brand Tolsen is now in stock, Tolsen are great value hand tools for professional and DIY use at a very competitive price. The yellow coloured tools are for general use and the red VDE Line range are insulated for use with live circuits up to 1000v.

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    The Tolsen tools range include a massive range of pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, socket sets etc. Professional quality hand tools at an affordable price. See our Tolsen Tools range

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    The VDE Line by Tolsen is a range of insulated hand tools fore use on 1000v live circuits. These are professional quality tools used world wide in the electrical trade. See our VDE Line range

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    The Tolsen VDE technical tools that carry the VDE-GS mark conform to the
    VDE regulations and comply with European or internationally harmonised
    standards. These electrical products are tested in a series of impact,
    electrical, insulation and other product property tests and comply with
    the safety requirements of the respective guidelines.

    Tolsen VDE Insulated tools that are marked with the symbol of the double
    triangle and the assigned voltage or voltage range are suitable for
    working on energised parts at the stated voltage.

    The Tolsen VDE insulated tools that comply with the IEC 60900:2004
    international standards are designed under a detailed set of rules and
    are subject to a series of specific tests for checking the electrical
    safety of the protective insulation.

    Best sellers:

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    Tolsen V12038 Insulated VDE Cable Sheers Wire Cutters 380mm

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    Tolsen V80320 20 Piece Insulated VDE 3/8 Drive Scocket Set MasterTool Kit

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    Tolsen V33212 12 Piece Insulated VDE Interchangeable Screwdriver Set Electrician

     

     

  • Check out this months new products, Oil catch tanks, sill stands, footrests...

     

     

     

    We have been working on some new products lately to add to our never ending range of motorsport parts, here's some of the latest stuff:

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    Motamec alloy rally car co-driver foot rest, available in plain aluminium or powder coated black. Top quality TIG welded footrest for your navigator.

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    Motamec Alloy Foot Rest BLACK

     

     

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    Motamec oil catch tanks, 1 litre capacity, with or without a breather cap. Complete with sight gauge and drain plug. Required for most motorsport events to prevent oil loss on race tracks, pits, service areas etc.

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    Motamec Oil Catch Tank with Cap

     

     

     

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    New design high speed rally wheel brace, WRC type with 19mm socket. Includes in car mounting bracket. Black powder coated finish.

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    WRC Works style sill stands, CNC machined pins, TIG welded steel frames with wheel nut trays. Two pin sizes available 20mm or 25mm. As used by professional race and rally teams.

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    Motamec WRC Sill Stands 25mm

     

     

     

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    Escort Mk2 Alloy centre console switch panel, replaces the original Ford plastic ash tray panel, very smart, TIG welded aluminium with punched and flared side holes.

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    New Escort mk1 or Mk2 alloy radiator to suit the Cosworth YB or Millington Diamond engine, has the correct top hose fitting for a neat installation. These Escort rally spec aluminium radiators come complete with mounting brackets for Spal fan. and a fan switch boss.

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  • Q&A With Simon Woolley - Classic Ford Editor

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    Classic Ford Magazine have been to see us at Motorsport-Tools.com HQ to photograph the Escort project car for the upcoming calendar edition. There will also be some features that we contributed to in the magazine early next year. But we thought we'd take advantage of Classic Ford Magazine editor Simon Woolley's while he's here and ask him a few questions for our blog.

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    1). What's currently in your garage?
    Simon - A 1969 Corsair. It's been there a while and will be there for some time to come. It's being restored by my friend, Jon Hill, but neither of us has much time. Or money, for that matter.

    2). What was your first Car?
    Simon - A 1979 Mini 1000. I was well into 'bikes, but my Dad was desperately trying to keep me away from them, so he told me a Mini was like a 'bike on four wheels, and I fell for it. I soon had it in bits.

    3). What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't editor at classic ford?
    Simon - Honestly, I don't know. I've always been deeply obsessed with cars, magazines and writing, so I've been pretty lucky to combine all three for so long.

    3). Out of the cars you've featured in recent years, which did you really want to take home with you?
    Simon - That's like being asked to choose your favorite child. Impossible!

    4). What cars are in your dream garage?
    Simon - Pretty much all the cars I lusted after when I was a kid: Escort RS1700T, Lancia Stratos, Fiat 131 Mirafiori, Opel Manta 400...

    5). Given a big budget and a lot of time, what project would you build?
    Simon - I wouldn't be happy with just one project - I'd fill a unit with five or six cars, twice as many engines, and have them all on the go at the same time.

    6). During your tenor at Classic Ford, what are some of the parts that have come onto the Ford scene that you have found most innovative or exciting?
    Simon - It's the quality that I'm most impressed by. When I first started mucking about with cars, it wasn't great and you were almost expected to have to modify new parts to get them to fit - these days they pretty much all bolt straight on. We're spoilt, really!

    7). Have you ever fancied a go at rallying?
    Simon - I did some co-driving in the late '90s in a Mini Cooper S on the Rally Britannia. It was daunting, particularly around the Caerwent stages, flat out, weaving in and out of railway sleepers that would've pulverized the Mini if we had hit one. I think I decided there and then that the best way to enjoy rallying was as a spectator!

  • Which Brake Fluid?

     

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    I came to work this morning knowing I needed brake fluid. I was going to order some DOT5, simple! The higher the DOT number the better right? Well if you look at this table of DOT brake fluid standards you'd be forgiven for thinking the same:

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    Wet boiling point

    DOT 3
    205 °C (401 °F)
    140 °C (284 °F)
    DOT 4
    230 °C (446 °F)
    155 °C (311 °F)
    DOT 5
    260 °C (500 °F)
    180 °C (356 °F)
    DOT 5.1
    260 °C (500 °F)
    180 °C (356 °F)

     

    But the table above doesn't tell you the full story. Let's have a look at another table;

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    Wet boiling point

    Viscosity limit

    Primary constituent

    DOT 2
    190 °C (374 °F)
    140 °C (284 °F)
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    DOT 3
    205 °C (401 °F)
    140 °C (284 °F)
    1500 mm2/s
    Glycol Ether
    DOT 4
    230 °C (446 °F)
    155 °C (311 °F)
    1800 mm2/s
    Glycol Ether/Borate Ester
    DOT 5
    260 °C (500 °F)
    180 °C (356 °F)
    900 mm2/s
    Silicone
    DOT 5.1
    260 °C (500 °F)
    180 °C (356 °F)
    900 mm2/s
    Glycol Ether/Borate Ester

     

    As you can see the DOT standards also refer to what the fluid is made out of. The boiling points listed are the minimum required to meet those DOT standards.

    What you need to know is that Glycol-ether is hygroscopic meaning its water absorbing. It will absorb water from the atmosphere as soon as you unscrew the lid off your shiny new brake fluid bottle. The wet boiling point ratings are based on 3.7% water content. I have seen it said that it takes 2 years for fluid to absorb 3% water but this figure increases when under heavy use, motorsport use!

    DOT5 is made of silicone so its hydrophobic, it does not absorb water. However because it doesn't absorb water any water that finds its way into the system will remain as water 'globules", long term this can cause spongy brakes and in some cases corrosion.

    DOT5.1 is recommended for cars with ABS and ESP due to its "constant viscosity under a wide range of temperatures"

    NOTE: You must never mix DOT5 silicone brake fluid with any of the other Glycol based brake fluids.

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    Now let's look at some boiling points for some popular high spec brake fluids:

    Brake Fluid

    DOT Rating

    Dry Boiling Point

    Wet Boiling Point

    RRP / Litre

    Castrol SRF

    DOT 4

    310C / 590F

    270C / 518F

    £57.24

    AP Racing 600

    DOT 4

    300C / 572F

    204C / 399F

    £44.98

    Motul RBF 660

    DOT 4

    325C / 617F

    204C / 399F

    N/A

    ATE Super Blue ( or Type 200)

    DOT 4

    280C / 536F

    200C / 292F

    £18.29

    Wilwood 570

    DOT 3

    300C / 573F

    140C / 284F

    £25.70

    AP Racing Formula 5.1

    DOT 5.1

    275C / 527F

    185C / 365F

    £16.20

    Automec DOT 5

    DOT 5

    260C / 500F

    180C / 356F

    £46.50

    AP Racing 551

    DOT 4

    275C / 527F

    150C / 302F

    N/A

     

    Here are the links to the brake fluid available from Motorsport-Tools.com;

    ATE "Super Blue" Type 200 Dot 4 Racing Motorsport Brake Fluid Boiling Point 280C

    AP Racing Formula Dot 5.1 Performance Brake Fluid Boiling Point 269C 500ml

    Castrol React SRF Racing Motorsport Brake Fluid Boiling Point 310C 1LTR

    AP Racing 600 Brake Fluid 500ml Boiling Point 312C

    Wilwood 12Oz 350ml Hi Temp Racing Motorsport Brake Fluid 570F DOT3

    Automec DOT 5 Silicone Brake & Clutch Fluid 1 Litre 1000ml High Performance

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    Conclusion

    I am by no means an expert on brake fluid, all of the above information was gathered by searching and reading on the internet, forums, product descriptions, chats with brake fluid manufacturers and Wikipedia.

    I did find some interesting discussion on ATE Super Blue (or Type 200) vs Castrol SRF brake fluid. They are both highly rated by motorsport competitors but have very different price points. The advice in choosing was that if you like to change your brake fluid regularly then ATE Super Blue is very cost effective. But it you really don't change your brake fluid often then the Castrol SRF, because of its excellent wet boiling point rating, can also be very cost effective despite its much higher price.

    I think I'll be taking home some ATE Super Blue for my own car as it's such a bargain but I think we'll be topping up the Motorsport-Tools.com Escort project with the Castrol SRF.

    Please feel free to share your experiences and opinions in the comments section below.

     

     

  • Dan Bilzerian & Ballistic BJ Baldwin's latest video

    Another amazing film by Monster Energy following BJ and his 800hp Trophy Truck as he tears through this seaside Mexican city...

  • This weeks Special offer: Extra 15% off Facom and Britool, Ends Monday!

    To launch the Britool brand on Motorsport Tools we're giving an extra 15% off all Facom and Britool products this week.
    Offer end midnight Monday 25/08/2014 - OFFER NOW EXPIRED

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    Facom and Britool are premium tool brands that's widely used in the automotive trade. They are part of the Stanley Black & Decker group, a multi national industrial tool manufacturer with a turnover of over $10 billion and 45.000 staff worldwide. We now have the full range of both Facom and Britool listed on our website.

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    Britool first started production in 1908 under the British Tool and
    Engineering Company. The company grew quickly during the Second World
    War, Britool was one of the main suppliers of tools to the British armed
    forces supplying over 200 million tools which included their high
    quality spanners and sockets.

    In 1991 Britool joined forces with Facom, one Europe’s largest tool
    manufacturers. Facom's strong development facilities and technical
    experties enabled Britool to maintain its position as the tool brand of
    choice for all areas of engineering –  including Automotive, Aerospace
    and Industry.

    Here are some Britool examples:

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    Britool Expert 42 Piece 1/4' Socket Set 748254 E030702B

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    Britool Expert 101 Piece 1/4SD & 1/2SD Socket & Spanner Wrench Set
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    Britool Expert Workshop Garage Tool Cart Trolley E010106B

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    Britool Expert 6Pc Screwdrivers Set Slotted & Phillips E160902B

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    Britool Expert 18Pc Combination Spanner wrench Set Metric in Roll E110313B

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  • Beta Tools - More about the Italian tool company!

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    Beta Tools (Beta Utensili) is a world leading Italian manufacturer of
    hand tools and equipment for automotive and industrial sectors. Beta
    Utensili have 550+ staff world wide and the range includes over 10,000
    products. The full range is available on Motorsport-tools.com

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    Beta hand tools are made in Italy and carry lifetime warranty.

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    Founded at the end of the first world war, the Beta tool workshops rapidly
    expanded and in 1939 they registered the “Beta” name for the production
    of professional hand tools that became its core business from the second
    world war onwards.

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    Early Beta production factory, Italy

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    In the early sixties Beta Utensili was expanding quickly and were
    employing two hundred staff and went on to design the famous orange
    'Tank Trolley'. From then on the range of tool trolleys grew to include
    the wide range of orange roll cabs and tool boxes that are available
    today.

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    The seventies was the start of a long term relationship with motorsport.
    Beta pioneered motorsport sponsorship and the first great success came
    in the 1975 Formula 1 season with Vittorio Brambilla at the wheel of the
    famous orange “Beta Utensili March”. Brambilla won the Austrian Grand
    Prix at Zeltweg.

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    Other Beta motorsport sponsorship include Ferrari, Jordan, McLaren and
    Minardi F1 teams. Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha in MotoGP. and
    several teams in the WRC and British Superbike.

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    The Beta tool range has expanded over the years from the production of
    hand tools to the wide range of over 10'000 products that's available
    today.

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    Beta product categories include: Specialist wrenches, sockets and drivers, torque wrenches, drilling
    threading tools, measuring and marking tools, pullers, special
    automotive tools, electricians & electronics tools, insulated tools,
    sparkproof tools, Air tools.

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    Beta also do a large range of work wear and safety footwear under the 'Beta WORK' brand

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    Beta tools and cabinets are widely used by MotoGP race teams

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    The new Beta Racing Mobile Roller Cabinets

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    The famous Beta 41H Tool Trolley, widely used by motorcycle race teams

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    The Beta boardroom with real Formula 1 car, part of the recent F1
    sponsorship deal.  Note the walls are lined with famous
    racing driver’s helmets - all with connections to Beta Tools.

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  • Free 10 LED Torch / Work Light with every website order!

    THIS OFFER HAS NOW EXPIRED SORRY

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    Yes a free LED torch with every website order, limited stock so be quick!

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    Super Bright SMD LED Technology
    Complete with adjustable clip and magnet
    Strong, 10 LED / SMD light, works with 3xAAA Batteries (Batteries Not Included)
    Soft rubber coating

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    Add the free torch at checkout when placing order!

     

  • Escort Mk2 Group4 Project update!

    We have been very busy the last few months so have not had time to do much work on the Escort project or updating the blog. Here are some photos that we have taken recently showing where we are with the build:

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    Droping in the Millington Diamond engine

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    The Quaife 60G 6 Speed Sequential Gearbox. Also bolted in the new Motamec Vertical Hydraulic Handbrake

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    Plumbing in the AH Fabrications dry sump tank with -12 Motamec oil hose and fittings

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    The Lifeline Zero 2000 Plumbed in Fire Extinguisher system, FIA approved, 4 Litre bottle

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    Running the lines, Motamec -12 oil, -6 fuel and -3 brake

     

     

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