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Fortyone Automotive News
Top New Items Date Entered: 17 / 02 / 2010
After 2 years of economic contraction the brands around the world have been hesitant to invest in new product development - to the extent that even the large car marques themselves have withheld on releasing entirely new chassis's in fear of a lull in cash flow. However, we are finally beginning to see numerous new products hit the shelves as the markets around the world stabalize so we've picked some new products - released or to be released - to keep an eye on as the market hots up!
Defi Sports Cluster
A Sports cluster isn't necessarily a new thing - electronic dash boards have been around for 10's of years, but Defi have combined their racing gauge monitoring know-how with their stepping motor technology and an advanced display design to create the Defi Super Sports Cluster. Along with the Sard Stack, this is one of Japan's few genuine efforts to compete with offerings from the West with the added bonus of all of Defi's monitoring know-how. Keep an eye on the English version to be released but if you can handle Japanese then we would easily give this unit the nod as the preferred Japanese option.
Amuse Vestito Aero Kit
It is of concern when some of the more 'stable' Japanese brands keep quiet for a couple of years on end. Particularly when it's a brand that has such a loyal following as Amuse. But within the last 6 months Amuse have stepped up their offerings with a batch of new releases - from titanium manifolds and coilover kits through to new body kits - such as the Vestito Aero Kit for the 370Z Nissan. We'd even go so far as saying it's currently our favourite - though the Uras 180SX GT and Amuse GT1 S2000 are still right up there also! However it is significant in that Amuse is very much a top-shelf niche brand and such brands are the first to close up or restart when it comes to recession and recovery. The fact that they have restarted illustrates that positivity is again flowing within and out of Japan and ultimately our customers will benefit. 'A' for styling and 'A' for effort we think!
TBD - Blox Composite Intake Manifold
Soon to be released will be the Blox Composite Honda and Mitsubishi intake manifold kits. They will be cast using advanced composite materials which offer not only a lighter weight (reducing overall chassis mass) but also better heat-soak resistance properties and a genuinely enlarged chamber and bore design for the ability to support greater power. Keep an eye on our web site for release information - composite materials are now industry standard in aviation design and construction, so a move into consumer automotive markets on the back of successful uses in aviation is a positive and welcome move.
TDC - Toda Race Engine Blocks
Toda Racing already offer race engines to privateer customers, however in recent years Toda has been investigating offering new block and head packages for consumers the world over. This stems from the demand for high quality engine heads because of the strong but poor casting designs from OEM manufacturers. The Toda Machining shop and Finishing shop has been producing trial blocks and heads for over a year now and we expect public offerings to be available within a year to cater for the high demand in simple yet highly tunable last-decade engines.