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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

'Swan' Mounts - Current Trend in Racing

If you have a passion for motorsport you may have noticed in recent times that the rear wings on race cars look slightly different. The large wings are, on an increasing number of designs, mounted from the top of the wing (the pressure side) as opposed to the traditional way of mounting on the lower surface (the suction side). Why is this?

Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis or CFD as you’ve probably heard of it, has found that mounting a rear wing from the top surface can potentially produce more downforce as the lower surface is free from obstruction – and importantly flow separation as flow separation causes an undesirable reduction in downforce. There is a small penalty in excess drag and weight, however we have kept our design as thin and streamlined as possible to help overcome this.

We have designed a new CNC machined Alloy swan mount, primarily for use with our own wing kits, but also suitable for wings from other manufactures. Our swan mounts feature an array of holes allowing for precise AoA adjust in 20 increments. 

(image above shows full assembly)

Compared to other designs, our swan wing mounts go one step further and give you the option to adjust the height of the mount itself; cut lines are machined allowing you to accurately cut the mounts to size while still fitting perfectly into the swan mount bases;

(image above shows full assembly)

Check out our new swan neck mounts range

Wing mount kits suitable for our new swan mounts:

Soon we will be offering extra-long ‘Swan’ style wing mounts that are specially designed for the Lotus Elise/Exige however could be fitted to a variety of vehicles. They will feature a 300mm extension to the base allowing the mount (if desired) to travel through the boot/trunk lid to the floor. This allows for a much stronger solution. Watch this space…

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Protect Your Audi RS3

For 2018, the Audi RS3 received a styling spruce up that included a redesigned front and rear bumper, larger air intake ducts, revised head and tail lights and a reworked tailgate spoiler. All this makes the latest incarnation RS 3 look even more fantastic and, according to Autocar, it’s lost none of its performance either, describing it as “manically fast”  thanks to its 394bhp five cylinder engine. If you’re in the market for a £40k + car, or you already have one, then you’re probably keen to look after it?

It probably hasn’t even crossed your mind about adding mud flaps to your shiny new Audi, with memories of horrible rubber ones fitted to your dad’s Volvo, but what about specially designed bespoke fitment Carbon Fibre ones?

Mud guards don’t just stop the grime splashing up the sides, but also stones, grit and other nasty debris. Due to the wide wheels, the RS3 is susceptible to stone chips along the flanks, which if left untreated, will eventually rust. Fitting mud flaps will help prevent all the debris found on roads from mounting an attack on your bodywork.

We have designed a Carbon Fibre mud guard kit for the RS3 which includes all necessary fixings. The guards themselves follow the contours of the body work, so not only are they a stylish enhancement, but a practical improvement too. Check out the guards on our website.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Improving the Caterham Seven CSR 260

The Caterham Seven CSR is the latest Caterham Seven from Caterham cars, launched back in 2005 to replace the venerable SV. Whilst the CSR retains the classic Caterham look, it spent three years in development and was significantly revised with modifications to the suspension, aerodynamics and interior. The engine for the CSR is an all alloy Cosworth-tuned 2.3 Ford Duratech unit, which replaced the K-Series engine (which the car was originally designed with), and bought with it an increase in power of up to 260bhp. Whilst a fine engine mated to a fine chassis can bring spectacular results, problems can occur when a powerful engine is crammed into a tight engine bay.

Recently, a CSR 260 owner contacted us because he found that with the existing standard setup on his 260, engine bay intake temperatures were undesirably hot. We discussed the options and decided to adapt our own Zolder 150 LH air box with 30mm deep PX600 back plate and install it to his car. This air box was selected by our customer to reduce intake temperatures from a soaring 490c and also produced a higher intake pressure for more power through ram-air.

Noise compliance was not a requirement on this installation, as it is a full race car, though we and the customer found that our induction system is quieter than the standard open foam filter. Due to the success of this setup, we now offer this induction kit on our website. The kit is suitable for both power output options (200bhp & 260bhp) available in the CSR.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Subaru Impreza: Rally Hero of the 90's

10 years ago, Subaru pulled out of the World Rally Championship for good after sliding down the performance table and succumbing to the ’08 economic meltdown. It was a sad end to what had been a great decade for the team and rally spectators. Colin McRae started his WRC career with Subaru, winning the WRC in 1995 and Petter Solberg joined in 2000 eventually winning the 2003 WRC – beating the legendary Sebastian Loeb.

Subaru Impreza WRC car
1997 Impreza WRC car, image courtesy of H&H

The car at the heart of all of this was the Impreza, launched in 1993, that would quickly put Subaru on the map. The Impreza’s famous dark blue paint with lime yellow decals were instantly recognisable tearing through muddy rally stages and Subaru capitalised on this by launching a host of different  versions including the STi and Turbo models to capture the rally cars spirit. The Impreza and its rally wins alone helped boost sales for the manufacture, who up until the Impreza’s launch was only known in the farming community. The Impreza underwent a controversial refresh in 2000 which saw the introduction of the infamous ‘bug’ headlights; it polarized opinion so much that just 3 years later the Impreza was refreshed again, with toned down styling. By 2008 the Impreza range diversified, the classic saloon style was dropped and many were surprised that the Impreza became a conventional looking hatchback. These later models didn’t enjoy quite the same following as the earlier models and the Impreza name disappeared from the UK market in 2013 due to poor Sterling/Yen exchange rates. Earlier this year, the Impreza was bought back – along with its familiar saloon shape, although whether it captures the public’s imagination like the early models in what is now a very different market, remains to be seen.

Subaru Impreza (2018)
Subaru Impreza today. Image: Car Magazine

While the glory days of the rally championships may be long gone for Subaru, those early cars still live on  and have become classics in their own right. With their ready ability to be modified (and a dedicated community to support it) the Impreza is a staple at car shows across the world and has a strong following which will live on for a long time.

Recently, a second generation Impreza (00 – 07) race car was bought to us to have fitted one of our 310mm chord high-downforce Carbon Fibre wings. The wing is designed using in-house CFD software to significantly increase down force at the rear, and, being autoclaved from Carbon Fibre with clever internal stringers, weighs next to nothing.  The wing sits atop CNC machined Alloy wing mounts, which are powder coated in satin black for a slick finish and also feature an array of mounting holes allowing you to finely adjust the wing’s angle of attack (AoA) to get a nice aero balance. The wing is completed by lightweight Carbon Fiber end plates.

It’s a perfect match for the Impreza and can be fitted with minimal modification to the boot lid. For Impreza owners who want to extract the most amount of performance from their cars, we now offer this package as a kit, available on our website.

Subaru Impreza (00 - 07) 2nd Generation GD, GG Carbon Fibre Rear Wing Kit - R01SB0517

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Don Law Racing - Jaguar

 Don Law Racing - Jaguar

  Reverie has recently worked with Don Law Racing to supply a dual element wing
to add to their Jaguar F-Type.

Here is a statement from David Foster Advanced Product Creation Leader
Special Vehicle Operations JAGUAR CARS LTD

"With the other competitors being in true race products, our advantage was with the product's

aerodynamics. Reverie were chosen due to the performance vs. drag characteristics the wing offers
when coupled with a Jaguar product. As the event start takes place at over 9000ft and finishing at
14000ft, the car cannot carry weight or drag penalties due to the reduction in engine power at those
altitudes so we've investigated every efficiency possible, with Reverie being able to offer the best
to enhance our competitive advantage."

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

New Reverie Exige V6 Parts

New Reverie Parts
Exige V6
Reverie has developed a new range of Carbon Fibre parts for the Exige V6 These include;

Side Scoops R01SB0466
Side Sills Extensions R01SB0462
Race Canards R01SB0464
Track Canards  R01SB0463

Exige V6 Carbon Fibre Front Splitter R01SB0454

Rear Diffuser R01SB0465

Engine Cover Front R01SB0637
Engine Cover Rear R01SB0638

These are just a few examples of the new products we are designing at Reverie
A full list of products and prices can be found here.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Super Sport Seat

 New Reverie Product

Super Sport Seat

Reverie has released a new FIA Super Sports single skin seat and optional head rest to fit our universal FIA billet frames for Lotus / vx220 alloy chassis
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New Lightweight FIA Tested CNC machined side mounts for use with our FIA Supersports seat.
Also Billet FIA side mount brackets for FIA Supersports seat for Lotus Elise/Exige and V6 Chassis fitment.