Project UP! “Say Hello to my little friend…”

“Say hello to my little friend” said a deranged, drug-fuelled Al Pacino in Scarface! And that’s as irreverent and irrelevant a way as imaginable to introduce our new little friend and Road Magazine (ec0) project car, this fab little VW UP! The UP! is replacing our Project Ecowagon VW Golf Bluemotion Sportline Estate which has served Read more about Project UP! “Say Hello to my little friend…”[…]

Project Beast: Auto Genie Valet

With the Summer spa service sorted, and Project Beast running better than ever, it seemed an appropriate time to get it looking better than ever – with a little help from The Auto Genie; the pro-valeting, ex-racing, car-loving Stuart Staples. The equally knowledgable and charming man mountain Stu gave our old Project P38 a proper Read more about Project Beast: Auto Genie Valet[…]

Project Beast: Suck, Squeeze, Bang… no blow!

Like anything bursting with muscularity, our Project Beast supercharged V8 Range Rover needs the occasional pamper to keep in tip top, bionic condition. So, after nine blissful months and many thousand enjoyable miles of supercharged ownership, I decided to book “Rangey” in for a good Spa treatment at the highly experienced Land Rover specialists, John Kemp Read more about Project Beast: Suck, Squeeze, Bang… no blow![…]

Project Beast: CYBEX Juno 2-Fix Car Seat

Being a dad these days, no car seat = no family travel. And as our bulky Recaro bucket seat fitted to Project Ecowagon unbelievably refused to fit in the spacious new Project Beast, it was time to go shopping for a new seat… one swanky enough for the top of the line Supercharged Range Rover’s fab interior. Read more about Project Beast: CYBEX Juno 2-Fix Car Seat[…]

Project Beast: Fitting New Boots (Falken Azenis FK453CC)

The one & only thing ‘wrong’ with Project Beast when we bought it was the rubber – as the rears were right on the legal limit at the pre-sale MOT. And with Winter here and the roads thick with mud and slick with rain, ice and maybe even snow if we’re lucky, the right thing to Read more about Project Beast: Fitting New Boots (Falken Azenis FK453CC)[…]

Project S4: Ravenol Racing Oils

Project S4 has been sitting on the driveway wanting some proper fun of late, as we’ve been knocking about in the frugal VW Golf Project Ecowagon, enjoying daft mpg and huge fuel ranges! But, as a petrolhead, there’s only so much of that oil-burning stuff I can take, before the call for Shell’s V-Power Nitro Read more about Project S4: Ravenol Racing Oils[…]

Project Ecowagon: K&N Filter & Ravenol Oils

Despite the B4 Car Network offering us one, we bought Project Ecowagon knowing it needed a service – haggling a little discount on the price accordingly. So, after only 1,000 miles of driving and with the ‘Service now!’ indicator on the MFD beeping away in a consistently German manner, we took our new VW Golf Read more about Project Ecowagon: K&N Filter & Ravenol Oils[…]

Project Ecowagon: RECARO Baby Car Seat

Baby car seats… a world of pain for us dad shoppers, right? Its a decision – being in the clearly defined dad domain of cars – that invariably gets left with us, along with the mountain of pressure and responsibility that goes with it! Sure, it’s not the day-to-day pressure cooker of motherhood our wives/gf’s Read more about Project Ecowagon: RECARO Baby Car Seat[…]

Project Ecowagon: Goodyear ‘EfficientGrip’

Tyres are the only point of contact with the road surface and it can’t be stressed just how much a good (or indeed conversely a bad, or worn) set of rubber can affect your car’s handling, grip, poise, balance and ultimately, safety. They are arguably the most important part on your car… and certainly worth Read more about Project Ecowagon: Goodyear ‘EfficientGrip’[…]

Project Ecowagon: Adrian Flux Insurance

New project car, new insurance policy! But, for us, there’s no need to fuss about on the phone for ages finding the best quote and have to put up with the hassle of changing insurance companies. We have been using specialist insurance broker Adrian Flux for our project cars for years – finding the company Read more about Project Ecowagon: Adrian Flux Insurance[…]

Project Ecowagon: Purchase & Introduction

So, fatherhood has definitely kicked in… I’ve just bought my first ever sensible, economical family car in 20+ years of car ownership! Welcome to Project Ecowagon: A 2010 Mk6 VW Golf Estate 1.6 TDi BlueMotion Technology Sportline, to give it it’s full, rather wordy title – aka Ralph, as I christened it when my gorgeous Read more about Project Ecowagon: Purchase & Introduction[…]

Project P38: ECU Re-Map by Tornado Chips

Being a speedy junkie, I have had re-mapped ECU’s on the majority of my road and motorsport cars. Our on-going Audi Project S4 has a reliable, darn effective ECU re-map by Superchips fitted. And previous rally, race, sprint, hill climb, drag and road projects have all had a “mapping” expert turn their hand to the Read more about Project P38: ECU Re-Map by Tornado Chips[…]

Project Cars: Kärcher MV2 Vacuum

We’ve had a Kärcher pressure washer to keep our project and press test cars clean for a couple of years now, and it’s fabulous. So, when we heard that Kärcher had launched it’s “most powerful” range of new vacuum cleaners, we had to have one. The full range of three vacs – called the MV Read more about Project Cars: Kärcher MV2 Vacuum[…]

Project P38: Exterior Appeal

Project P38 gets an Auto Genie pro-valet, Powerful UK stainless steel spotlight bar, Britpart 4×4 100W Halogen spotlights & headlight guards   One of the major attractions to the P38 Range Rover is its classic, boxy, old fashioned (some might say, classic) good looks. To my mind, it’s one of the best, most iconic looking Read more about Project P38: Exterior Appeal[…]

Project XFR: Introduction

ROAD pal, Andy Robinson (who changes his cars more often than any of us at ROAD HQ, good lad!) has ditched his BMW 335i Project car in favour of a cool cat, the new Jaguar XFR… all 503bhp supercharged V8 of it. Good man! This is Andy’s first report, and he’s already been running it Read more about Project XFR: Introduction[…]

Project S4: Auto Genie Pro Valet

A few months ago I tested a load of car cleaning products from SONAX with the skillful help of Stuart Staples, aka, The Auto Genie They worked pretty well, digging Project S4 out of a mucky hole (I’m a driving dynamics, not aesthetics man and arguably the world’s worst car cleaner). Stu and the Sonax gear Read more about Project S4: Auto Genie Pro Valet[…]

Project S4: The Auto Genie Valet-Pro & Sonax Products

A particularly harsh Norfolk Winter and a recent spate of press cars on test has left Project S4 more than a bit unused, neglected and looking a bit sad on the driveway at Road Towers. Post the occasional blast out, it’s had just a few cursory jet wash sessions, to rid it of salt and Read more about Project S4: The Auto Genie Valet-Pro & Sonax Products[…]

Project S4: Mantis Car Cleaning Products

There’s just a hint of Spring in the air, and that means Road Magazine’s Project S4 (http://www.roadmagazine.co.uk/project-cars/) – like your car – is calling out for its Spring clean. And it needs it, after a Winter of salt, icy rain, sleet & snow corrosion. After years of being a motoring hack, I have acquired a Read more about Project S4: Mantis Car Cleaning Products[…]

Project S4: Bilstein B16 Coilovers

As a motoring Editor, journalist and road tester, I’ve been lucky enough to be taken around a number of suspension manufacturers’ factories to see how their different engineering approaches develop (and affect) their end product. And I have tested a huge range of suspension kits – on road, race and rally cars. But, without a Read more about Project S4: Bilstein B16 Coilovers[…]

Project S4: Service time

It’s that time of the year again – Project S4’s “BIG service,” just in time for the glorious Summer track day season and the S4’s planned jaunts to Spa-Francorchamps and the Nordschleife, to name but a few circuits on the to do list. And, this year, with the cambelt being too many years old (despite Read more about Project S4: Service time[…]

Project S4: New Millers Oils

Project S4 is currently in for a “big service,” up at www.henstead-motorsport.co.uk: A pre-summer-Spa-Francorchamps-spa-treatment if you will, but more on all that in another post here very soon. At the heart of any servicing regime is the critical lifeblood of any engine, the oil. Regular oil changes (with factory filters) are absolutely essential, especially with Read more about Project S4: New Millers Oils[…]

Project S4: Kärcher Pressure Washer

Spring is well and truly here, and after a freezing, muddy, salty-road-Winter to end all Winters, we felt it was time to give Project S4 a proper Spring clean. That meant either another costly, poor quality, rushed trip to the local Jet wash, or… getting our very own pressure washer, for DIY useage galore: No Read more about Project S4: Kärcher Pressure Washer[…]

Project S4: Forge Motorsport Blow-off valve

Turbocharged cars, like my Audi S4, have blow off valves (BOV’s), often called dump valves, fitted to them. They prevent compressor surge “loading,” by allowing compressed air to vent to atmosphere (or be re-circulated), to reduce wear on the turbocharger and engine. Nine times out of ten, manufacturers use horrible, cheap plastic BOV’s, which might Read more about Project S4: Forge Motorsport Blow-off valve[…]

Project S4: Insurance via Adrian Flux

Let’s face it… picking car insurance is (A) rather dull, (B) often painful and (C) notoriously and increasingly expensive. The name of the game (as I see it!) is to get insured as cheap as possible and yet not compromise on quality of service; because, believe me, you want a good insurer if you do Read more about Project S4: Insurance via Adrian Flux[…]

Project S4: Dunlop Tyres

I wanted a set of performance road and occasional track tyres for the Project S4. And, having covered the Dunlop Sport Maxx TT challenge cup races, with hot hatch/fast road, lightly modified saloon cars in previous race seasons, and chatted positively to the racers about these new Dunlop tyres, I thought I would give them Read more about Project S4: Dunlop Tyres[…]

Project S4: K&N Air Filter

Having had great success with a simple air filter swap from the OE manufacturers paper unit, to a high-flow replacement panel filter before, we’ve decided to fit a K&N High-Flow FilterCharger® version to the Project S4 (www.knfilters.co.uk). I have dyno checked panel filters versus cold air induction kits of a number of different project cars Read more about Project S4: K&N Air Filter[…]

Project S4: Milltek Sports Exhaust system

Replacing your standard exhaust for an aftermarket performance exhaust system on any turbocharged car is a superb way of reducing turbo back pressure and increasing gas flow – liberating power, reducing turbo lag and improving throttle response. It also often saves weight, so there are gains to be had all round. I have replaced more exhaust Read more about Project S4: Milltek Sports Exhaust system[…]

Project S4: Millers Oils

I have been using Millers engine and transmission oils (and their fuel treatments for track days) in all of my normally-aspirated and turbocharged performance cars for years now, with great success. So, they were a natural product choice again when I bought ROAD’s B5 Audi S4 bi-turbo. Regular oil changes not only help your engine Read more about Project S4: Millers Oils[…]

Phil Royle: Publisher & Editor

Rally, track day, Nordschleife-life and road trip addict, Phil Royle is an NCTJ-trained national news journalist, diverting into motoring magazines in 1997, as features editor at Revs magazine. Phil went freelance in 1999, working for many top UK motoring titles in addition to being editor of Circuit Driver and launching Performance Tuner Magazines. Phil also Read more about Phil Royle: Publisher & Editor[…]

Bonnie Royle: Art Editor

Being bought up to love grass track, Mini and drag racing means ROAD magazine and blog design ace Bonnie had a taste for burning rubber and petrol from a very young age. And going on to be an art editor on some of the UK’s leading motoring titles for 10 years only fueled this fascination. Read more about Bonnie Royle: Art Editor[…]