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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
Click Image for information

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.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Reverie Super Sport Seat

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.
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.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Reverie Update October 2014

Reverie Update October 2014

Autumn Sale 10% off listed prices when you order and pay using our web shop

Sales starts 24th September ends October 31st

Please e-mail your offer code: REV24092014 to have your invoice and card payment reduced by 10%, we use a deffered payment scheme so your card is not processed until later by us. 

 Infiniti Vettle Fx Bumper / Diffuser repair
Reverie recently carried out a difficult cosmetic repair with no mould tools available to a rear bumper and diffuser from a limited edition Infiniti Vettle Fx.
The carbon fibre two piece lower diffuser and upper trim had to be de-bonded from the main abs painted bumper. Then the damaged areas were ground back and wet laminate repairs done on the inside before then having pre-preg carefully applied and aligned to the seen A-surface areas. The parts were then carefully autoclave cured at low temperature and pressure.
The parts were then sanded and matt lacquered to a very high standard before then Reverie skilled fitters carefully re bonding the carbon fibre parts back to the abs to re make the assembly without damaging the paint work.

Infiniti Vettle FX Bumper Repair

 New 310mm Wings
310mm Universal fitment Low Drag and High Down force carbon fibre wing profiles now available, Designed and CFD tested by Reverie engineers and now available for sale as single element or dual element profiles up to 2100mm wide with top or bottom carbon T drop tab mounts. These profiles have also been engineered to fit and be adjustable on Reveries universal and Lotus Elise/Exige S2 cast alloy wing uprights.
Full technical data on our web site links here: Technical Data

New Reverie 310mm Wings

 Reverie Exhibiting at PMW show November 13-15th
We will be exhibiting some of our universal fitment carbon fibre race car and track day car accessories in Cologne, Germany November 13-15th stand number 5170. Simon Farren our Managing Director will be there to meet and greet our European customers and dealers, displaying some of our product range and talking about new releases. If you are going to the show please come along and catch up with Simon.
Reverie Exhibition @ PMW Show

Reverie Exhibiting at The AutoSport Show 2015
 We will be exhibiting at the Autosport 2015 show 8-11th Jan, location - Birmingham, UK - hall 8 stand 8610 Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun, 2 new 310mm wing profiles will be launched at the show and our long awaited New FIA seat!

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