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NEC Classic Motor Show - come and say hello!
9 Oct 2019

This November sees the 35th anniversary of the Classic Motor Show and we're so excited at being part of it once again. This is without doubt the biggest and best classic car show anywhere in the UK, one which any bona fide enthusiast, owner or collector wouldn't want to miss.

Powerlite “Multi-Mount” Alternator RAC068 - the number one choice of the top racing teams in the UK
20 Sep 2019

Built using the base unit of a Denso alternator and weighing in at a miniscule 3.0 kg, the unique Powerlite "multi-mount" alternator kicks out 50 amps and has been designed by us to the exact pattern and size of a traditional Lucas ACR type alternator.

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NEC Classic Motor Show - come and say hello! - 9 Oct 2019

NEC Classic Motor Show - come and say hello!

This November sees the 35th anniversary of the Classic Motor Show and we're so excited at being part of it once again. This is without doubt the biggest and best classic car show anywhere in the UK, one which any bona fide enthusiast, owner or collector wouldn't want to miss.

The Powerlite Team will be there every day on Stand 1-268 - Michael, Rob, Jason, Jules and Daz will give you a big Black Country welcome (well, Rob's been working hard on his Brummy accent!). Come and grab a goodie-bag - we love spotting them as we go round the show, so you may well appear in our photo gallery. We'll be taking along a range of our units, giving advice and answering any queries you may have. You'll be able to purchase on the day, or we can arrange speedy delivery, postage-free, as soon as we're back at our headquarters.

Across all 7 Halls of the NEC there's so much to see - specialist trade stands (that's us), autojumble, car clubs, dealers, demonstrations, auctions, talks from motoring celebs, the list goes on... One spectacular event is for the very first time part of the RAC Rally of the Tests will be held indoors. On Saturday, Hall 6 will see classic and vintage vehicles battling it out as part of this 750-mile long rally, which starts in Torquay and ends in Chester.

We're offering the chance for one lucky winner to attend the show for FREE - check out our Facebook page for full details of how you can win 2 free tickets to attend on the day of your choice. Just like and follow us to make sure you don't miss out - details of the competition will be announced shortly, so keep'em peeled!

Dates for your diary - 8th to 10th November - we'll see you there!

Follow us on Facebook for FREE tickets competition.

www.necclassicmotorshow.com

Powerlite “Multi-Mount” Alternator RAC068 - the number one choice of the top racing teams in the UK - 20 Sep 2019

Powerlite “Multi-Mount” Alternator RAC068 - the number one choice of the top racing teams in the UK

Built using the base unit of a Denso alternator and weighing in at a miniscule 3.0 kg, the unique Powerlite "multi-mount" alternator kicks out 50 amps and has been designed by us to the exact pattern and size of a traditional Lucas ACR type alternator.

As with all of our Powerlite units, the “multi-mount” alternator has been designed, tested and built by skilled auto electricians at our plant in the UK. Built to withstand vibration and engine harmonics, this unit will deliver maximum performance with minimum efficiency. We only use OE rated components, including the best quality regulators and, of course, NSK C3 Auto Grade bearings.

With an easily adjustable adaptor plate, the alternator can be mounted on either side of an engine, so it’s suitable for Ford BDA, Pinto, X - Flow and A series engines such as A + B series BMC and BL types, along with Rover V8. It’s compact, lightweight design, coupled with twin rotor fans to draw the air through the unit for extra cooling, make it perfect for race engines where space is a premium.

A bigger 100mm pulley version is also available for situations where you need to slow the unit down, and full fitting kits for dynamo to alternator conversions.

Give us a call for more details - 01384 261984.

Powerlite featured in Classic Car Weekly - 19 Sep 2019

Powerlite featured in Classic Car Weekly

We were delighted to be featured in Classic Car Weekly (11 September 2019) having helped John Lakey solve some of the many issues he has encountered during his Austin A60 Cambridge restoration project.

John has converted this classic to run a five-bearing MGB engine, which doesn’t come without its problems. He came along to our workshops in Brierley Hill and was impressed by the set-up, including the amount of stock carried plus the bespoke manufacturing facilities.

We were pleased to be of assistance, supplying him with a RAC184MS starter, in addition to a high-capacity MGB alternator. Glad to be of help John.

See the full article above or download here as a pdf.

Powerlite are proud to announce a new distribution partner - Kit Spares! - 13 Sep 2019

Powerlite are proud to announce a new distribution partner - Kit Spares!

We are delighted to join forces with Kit Spares, which is part of Great British Sports Cars. Not only do they have a wealth of knowledge and experience but Richard, Keith and the team are all car enthusiasts with a passion for motorsport. Their range of parts is enormous and covers all aspects of motoring, from kit cars to rally cars and everything in between, as well as a range of products that are designed and manufactured in-house under their ATR Products brand.

And now they have Powerlite, the premier supplier of Performance Electrics!

Based in Newark, Nottinghamshire, Kit Spares have an impressive, fully stocked showroom for customer visits in addition to their e-commerce site. Enquiries in person, by phone or online are always welcome - if they don’t stock it, they will do their best to find it!

Great British Sports Cars is a leading name in the world of motorsport production. Their ground-breaking vehicle, the GBS Zero, is extremely popular and has provided hundreds of very satisfied drivers since its launch in 2007.

We are proud to be associated with a company like Great British Sports Cars and Kit Spares - it is a great fit for both companies and we look forward to helping grow the brands together.

www.kitspares.co.uk

www.greatbritishsportscars.com

Powerlite Slimline Starter Motors - the answer to a tight fit - 12 Sep 2019

Powerlite Slimline Starter Motors - the answer to a tight fit

Perhaps the biggest problem facing any car builder is space - very often “standard” component parts are simply too big or too bulky to fit into the tight space left over once you’ve added the chassis, steering column or gear linkage.

To combat this, we have invented a superb range of high torque starter motors that are not only versatile and easy to fit, but deliver a huge amount of cranking power. Powerlite’s “Slimline” range of high torque starters are a plug and play answer to fitting and starting problems on a multitude of engines.

Typically weighing in at a skinny 3.0 kg, all units have been designed, tested and built by skilled auto electricians at our plant in Brierley Hill. The basic design of the Slimline unit mirrors a pattern used on Honda engines, where a powerful 1.6 kW motor has been constructed using an epicyclic gear box for extra oomph when the key is turned. They contain an in-built solenoid, teeth patterns have been matched to originals and boss sizes mimic the footprint of the engine aperture for easy fitting.

If that wasn’t enough, we have also added a PCD of cap screw holes so the front bracket can be easily removed and then “clocked” into the best position to avoid pesky things like engine blocks and exhaust manifolds.

A broad range of fitments include all A Series engines, Ford Pinto, X Flow and Pre X Flow, and special “made-to-measure” units are available on demand.

Give us a call for more details!

Half-century celebrations for the classic Ford Capri - 5 Sep 2019

Half-century celebrations for the classic Ford Capri

When Ford launched the Mk I Capri in 1969, with one of the most famous automotive one-liners ever, “Ford Capri: The Car You Always Promised Yourself”, they were hoping to bring a touch of Mustang mystique to British shores. Instantly a hit with UK drivers, affordable with a variety of engine sizes, the car went on to become a favourite world-wide.

 

The Mk II followed in 1974, the first Ford to feature a hatchback, succeeded by the many guises of Mk III, until the final car rolled off the production line in December 1986 at the Ford factory in Cologne. In total 1,886,647 Capris had been produced, with more than 1 million of these being the Mk I due to its popularity in Australia and North America.

50 years on this classic remains a favourite with both collectors and racetrack enthusiasts. And like any classic car, Capris need specialist replacement parts. Powerlite is the leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance rotating electrics for classic, performance, competition and kit cars.

We offer direct replacement starter motors for all Capris, from the smaller Kent engined crossflow cars, Pinto motors, and through to the larger Essex and Cologne units including high performance and race versions. Our strong, powerful offset gear-reduced starter motors deliver huge cranking torque through a set of steel internal gears. Lightweight, compact and durable, these units start the engine faster with immense power, whilst drawing less current from the battery.

Alternatively, we can supply slimline starter motors, deceptively powerful lightweight units featuring an epicyclic gear box to deliver extra power. Easy to fit, this starter delivers maximum torque whilst again using less battery power. Call us or visit our website to find the correct starter for your car.

Powerlite also have an alternator ‘on the shelf’ to suit every Capri for every situation, from original OE type units, to compact, lightweight high-performance race specification fitments.

Every Powerlite unit has been designed, tested and manufactured to the highest possible standards, using over 40 years of auto electrical experience, on site at our Brierley Hill base in the West Midlands. In addition, we are the only UK company to offer a full re-manufacturing service for classic starter motors, alternators and dynamos.

50 years of the Ford Capri deserves celebrating by buying the best British parts available.

If you would like more information on products then take a look at www.powerlite-units.com, drop an email to sales@powerlite-units.com, or speak to a member of the Powerlite Team on 01384 261984.

Powerlite American Road Trip - Sunny Skies & Cool Cars - 23 Aug 2019

Powerlite American Road Trip - Sunny Skies & Cool Cars

California’s Monterey Car Week 2019 certainly lived up to its reputation for being the place in the USA to see classic and performance cars.

Powerlite kicked off their West Coast adventure by visiting classic car clubs, classic and performance car parts suppliers, and then moved on to exhibiting at two of the stand-out shows of the week.

 

Werks Reunion provided the chance to meet hundreds of Porsche owners and enthusiasts, whilst drooling over the sheer beauty of the cars in attendance.  The next day at Laguna Seca Raceway, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion saw 550 authenticated sports cars there for on-track racing at the home of the famous Corkscrew, but most importantly showing off!

 

It was great to meet so many people who visited the stands, and judging by the amount of Powerlite bags we spotted being carried, people were genuinely impressed by our products.  Special thanks go to the Powerlite Team who arranged transportation of our products from the UK to Salinas, California - which arrived within 14 minutes of the estimated delivery time.  Not bad going!

 

Here’s a mini-collection of photos but you can take a look at our Instagram page for more great memories of our California Road Trip.

Yee-haw - Powerlite is heading west! - 06 Aug 2019

Yee-haw - Powerlite is heading west!

Powerlite Units is visiting the west coast of America for two top events over the coming weeks.

The annual Werks Reunion Monterey takes place at the at Corral de Tierra Country Club in southern California on August 16.  This event is the largest gathering of Porsches, attracting hundreds of cars, thousands of spectators, and the Powerlite Team will be there to welcome you to its stand.

 

Then, the very next day we will be at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, taking place at the Laguna Seca Raceway - the Home of the Corkscrew! This iconic event brings together upwards of 550 race cars in one open paddock for everyone to enjoy.

 

Powerlite is the leading UK manufacturer and supplier of high-performance rotating electrics for classic, performance, competition and kit cars, with an unrivalled reputation for supplying high quality parts to some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, race teams and restoration specialists.

If you’re visiting either of these fantastic shows then come along and see us.  We’d love to give you a big British welcome - you may not instantly understand our Black Country accents but you’ll certainly appreciate the quality of our products.  Director, Michael Hadley, and Sales & Marketing Manager, Rob Manger, will be on hand to answer all your queries.

For more information ahead of the USA events, visit our website www.powerlite-units.com or email sales@powerlite-units.com.

Powerlite Products & Customer Service Praised - 29 Jul 2019

Powerlite Products & Customer Service Praised

Isn't it just great when you receive fantastic feedback on both your products and customer service! Praise was heaped on us by Don Anderson in Fortyfication, the magazine for GT 40 Enthusiasts - part 19 of his detailed reporting of his Southern GT40 rebuild.

 

 

Powerlite always goes that extra mile to help - it's all in a day's work for us, but it's great to be recognised for doing so. Many thanks to Jak and Jason. View the article here.

Powerlite at Silverstone Classic - 26 Jul 2019

Powerlite at Silverstone Classic

It may not be as hot as yesterday but you'll still get a warm Black Country welcome from Michael, Catherine and Rob. Powerlite will be at Silverstone Classic all weekend so come and see us - Stand 96 in the Shopping Village. Lots of special offers to be had.

 

C45 Dynalite with PAS! Another stunning invention from Powerlite! - 3 May 2019

C45 Dynalite with PAS! Another stunning invention from Powerlite!

We are proud to announce the launch of another new Dynalite which demonstrates our unique ability to create fantastic products for Classic Cars.

Our latest Dynalite invention is a C45 dynamo equivalent for Jaguar models fitted with Power Assisted Steering. Exclusively designed, tested and built by us here at Powerlite, it has a 60 amp capacity, looks just like the original unit and weighs just 4.9 kg.

This model is now available and like our other Dynalites, we expect it to be extremely popular. For pricing and further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Powerlite Sales Team.

And, one last thing, like every Dynalite made by us it is 100% Made in the UK and is covered by our unique Lifetime Warranty.

C45 Type with PAS
OE Number C15254, Lucas 22528
Jaguar XK150 Jaguar MK II, 3.4, 3.8, 340
Jaguar MK IX
Powerlite & Goodwood Mini encounter - 16 Apr 2019

Powerlite & Goodwood Mini encounter

Powerlite starter motors to the fore in epic Goodwood Mini encounter.


Spectators at the recent 77th Members Meeting at Goodwood were treated to an incredible display of racing by the worlds finest exponents of Mini racing. 60 Minis were assembled at the famous West Sussex venue to cele-brate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Mini. Two 30 car ‘semi-finals’ on the Saturday created an aggregate final grid on the Sunday for the fastest 30. What then transpired was a race that will be talked about for years and has already no doubt, gone down as one of the highest of highlights since the classic venue re-started it’s motor rac-ing activities. From the 60 cars entered, over 80% of the grid used Powerlite starter motors with the top 6 in that final all using the products. Nick Swift, Nick Padmore, Jonathan Lewis, Ian Curley, Darren Turner, et al , provided 20 minutes of heart in the mouth stuff, only settled in the last few yards of the race. The first four cars crossing the line covered by less than a second. Thank you to everyone who made the meeting such an incredible event and just to say that we had played a small part in it makes us hugely proud.

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