Its been an incredibly busy year for ACR so far, now having
settled down into our new factory, we have taken on more staff, including two apprentices.
ACR's competition and racing department has seen excellent
results from its work, with great news from the MSA British
Cross Country championship, where Mike Moran has provisionally retained his crown for a second season with an event to spare,
Well done Bumpy Mike!
With the last BCCC race yet run at Walters Arena, we expect to see good racing for runner up and class positions, and watching closely how two BCCC event winner, Ben Duckworth with his ACR / Pectel SQ6 Milner performs, along with Mark Jacques with his ACR 4.8 V8 powered challenger, Britpart's Paul Myers with ACR V8 Tornado, Steve Smith with his V8 Clio and Richard Green with his V8 Tomcat, all fighting for top positions.
In the Dunlop TVR Challenge, Dave Stuart is looking forward to
the last race of the year at Oulton Park, Where he hopes for a
strong class B result.
The workshop has not neglected its strong interest in the
Classic Land Rovers of the 50's through to more recent Defender models, along with Range Rover Classic and P38 models of course covered with standard and performance improved engines. The ACR 4.8 Hi Torque V8 continues to be the popular upgrade choice for these models.
Series Land Rover owners will be interested to learn that we are testing a new capacity increase for 2.25 3 and 5 main bearing engines! as part of a number of new developments in progress. This will increase capacity from 2.25 to 2.5 litres, and
features a brand new piston design. More torque and power,
standard servicing and an up to date piston with modern
materials and technology means more durability, less friction,
better ring sealing and wear characteristics all mean long term
benefit, all at little extra cost.
This complements our long running and successful 2.8 upgrade for the 5 main bearing engine.
We have moved! Our new site is next door to our previous location. Apologies to any customers who have found difficulties emailing us over the transition period. Our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org is up and running.
ACR has been at its current premises since its start 1996, and has grown considerably over that time. We have used all the space available here at J Reid Trading and are bursting at the seams! ACR now have aquired land and buildings on Factory Road formerly belonging to Veolia PLC.
Over the next few months we will transfer our operations on to the new site, with the aim to keep disruption to the minimum. Our address will be virtually the same, as we are only moving next door, and we expect to transfer our existing telephone and fax numbers too.
We will update our details as soon as the new site is operational.
The first National Championship round of the All Wheel Drive Club, AWDC saw a first overall result for Andy Deguillio with his ACR Wildcat 5.0 V8 powered milner R5 Protruck.
In the Northern Off Road Club NORC Championship Andrew West debuted his new ACR Nissan 350 Z powered Milner R5 Protruck, and was rewarded with a first overall too!
The British Off Road Championship first round was cancelled due to several factors, including heavy snow still lying on the ground. We look forward to mid May for the second round!
We wish all our Customers powered by ACR all the best luck for the 2013 season! Please send us your results and action pictures, and we will endeavour to include them in future news.
Gearbox controller news
ACR can now control the ZF 4 HP 22, 4 HP 24, 5 HP 24, Jatco Rover / Freelander, Jaguar 4.0 Supercharged with Mercedes 722.6 5 Speed Gearbox. The ZF 6HP 26 gearbox is in final development. We can interface and reprogram the GM 6L80 and 6L90 Fitted to LS3 and other LS series V8 engines. We can flash custom calibrations into brand new GM gearboxes.
Prices for control packages start from £ 1350
ACR Jaguar V8 sports engine News
Now in its third full season of competition, Dan lofthouse continues to test in action the latest tweeks with ACR 4.4 Land Rover / Jaguar V8 engine. This highly competitive budget clubman racing engine has simply blown away the competition running engines costing 3 or 4 times as much. Totally reliable and trouble free, the engine now exceeds 380 BHP and 350 FTLB of torque on a carefully built but basically stock engine. This year, we have further pushed the performance with a new set of super high lift cams, which required machining the cylinder heads for clearance of the lobes. Dan will no doubt endeavour to find the limit of the excellent Jaguar V8 engine again this season!
The key to much of this engines exceptional torque and power is from the level of control afforded by the Pectel SQ6 ECU. Even with super high lift cams, we still retain the Variable Valve Control (VVC), and the Fly By Wire ( FBW ) throttles enable us to run the sequential 6 speed gearbox without the clutch. We really can get the very best out of the engine at every load and RPM. Even further improvements are in testing, ever mindful keeping costs low.
Ever popular are the older first generation Jaguar engines. ACR offers the Omex 710 ECU package to run these engines standalone for the 3.2, 4.0 and 4.0 supercharged engines. We look forward to seeing Richard Green, and Steve Smith this season, with Steve running our first Mercedes 5 speed 722.6 Jaguar gearbox control system. Later 3.6 / 4.2 / 4.4 engines with VVC and FBW are better run with the Pectel SQ6.
Nissan 350 Z News
ACR Offer the Omex 710 to run the stock Nissan engine standalone. Engine runs completely standard crank and cam triggers, and all the stock sensors. Even standard exhaust manifolds! A mechanical throttle body is fitted in place of the electronic unit. Full variable cam timing, which this engine depends on heavily is fully operational. 290 BHP from a very light, strong and compact engine.
Engine test and set up.
ACR enjoy an excellent track record of supplying and setting up standalone engine management systems on its in house dynamometer, for all kinds of purposes. Racing, IVA emissions complient road vehicles, generators and pumps. We have setups to quickly turnaround the popular Rover V8, Jaguar V8, Jaguar V6, Nissan 350Z, BMW M3 / M5 6 cylinder, Land Rover 4 cylinder petrol and diesel, Land Rover TDV6 engines, and can set up for other engines of similar types. We prefer Pectel and Omex where possible, as we have grown to love the functionality and reliablity of these systems. However we will work with DTA, Emerald, Motec, MBE, Simtek / Specialist Components and other systems as our customers prefer.
Wildcat Engineering, the specialist engine component manufacturer and
Rover V8 race engine builder has been acquired by ACR following the
decision of Wildcat Engineering's owner Ian Richardson to retire.
Wildcat Engineering's products include high performance cylinder heads
manufactured from completely new castings, throttle body intake
manifolds, dry sump systems, front covers and associated high
performance Rover V8 engine components.
Ian remains on hand to assist with the transfer of tooling, foundry
pattern equipment and product expertise.
ACR Engineering director Roland Marlow reports "We have been involved
with the Wildcat project for a number of years, having built and dyno
tested Wildcat engines for off road motorsport, and are very familiar
with the product. We are delighted to take on Ian's business, and will
ensure the huge experience and effort gone into the Wildcat component
development so far will be maintained and expanded. It fits right in
with our existing business, and complements our existing Rover V8
range of sports and hi torque engines."
Over the next few months, ACR will be setting up the Wildcat tooling
to suit their CNC machine shop with the objective of maintaining stock
availability of the Wildcat product range.
The ACR 4.4 Jaguar sports engine powered Lofthouse Freelander is showing
its pace with two amazing second overall podium finishes in its first
two competitive outings.
First event was the All Wheel Drive Clubs and Northern Offroad Clubs
interclub Wisbach Safari.
Second event was the British Cross Country Championship ( BCCC ) Cardiff
After the Cardiff round, on the Brynffynon hillside course, driver Dan
Lofthouse reported to BCCC news " I am pleased to be second. We are
still at the early development stage with the car, and I didn't expect
we would be doing so well so soon". He added " There is a lot more to
come from the car, and we will be upgrading it through the year".
Back in the workshop, ACR have been busy with an exciting new
development for series and early 90 / 110 owners with the 2.25 engine.
ACR are dedicated to keeping the series land Rovers on the road with our
range of remanufactured engines and the Power Plus range of components.
The details of the new product will become available once development
and testing is complete.
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