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Aston Martin 4.3 V8 Vantage RS400 Package

What is proving to be a popular entry level upgrade for the 4.3 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the RS400 Package. Mortgage Broker Simon travelled up from Devon to our facility at Greatworth Park.

Having met with David & Russell (from RS Fabrications) at the Castle Hill Car Festival, Simon found what he was looking for to upgrade his Vantage.

The entry level RS400 Package consists of RSF 200 Cell Sport Catalysts and the RSF GT4 Rear Silencers and increases power to over 400 BHP.

To say Simon was pleased would be an understatement and his accolades were greatly received by both David Appleby Engineering & RS Fabrications (see letter of endorsement here)

Simon, who is a key player in the Porsche Owners Club [funny that his preferred sports car would be an Aston] will be a good ambassador for the product and you can also contact Simon for his opinion of the RS400 Upgrade Package and our level of service!

Passion for Performance

A long term DAE customer recently purchased a brand new Mk2 Escort from Den Motorsport and after going through the car quite comprehensively we have been running it on sealed surface events across the UK . The car runs a series 2 Millington Diamond engine producing 320 BHP through a Tractive 6 Speed sequential paddle shift gearbox and is on Reiger Dampers, its fair  to say every option box was ticked when building this beautiful car!

We currently have the Aston Martin AMR-One LMP1 007 car from LeMans 2011 for rebuild. After the failures at LeMans 2011, the project was cancelled and the cars partly dismantelled, in late 2012 AMR put chassis 001 (which ran as car number 007 at LeMans) up for sale and we facilitated in the sale to Oakfields who have asked us to rebuild it with the bits removed after LeMans to full running order. The car is for sale so contact Ian at Oakfields for anymore information if interested.

Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Chassis 068, was the car we used in the European Championship in 2011. At the start of           2012 we sold it to Steve Chaplin who did a selected number of British GT races and test days. The car then came              back to us in November so we could give it a comprehensive winter rebuild before a full season assault on the                   British GT4 title.

Aston Martin Vantage Stage III ‘Optima’ Manifolds & 200 Cell Cats

We know the Aston Martin V8 Engine is Back Pressure Sensitive, and as with any normally aspirated engine,and the exhaust and inlet flow is critical for performance.In this Stage III System all Primary & Secondary tube dimensions have been change, mainly to equal the primary lengths, but also to increase the gas velocity through the cats, and the slip on merge collectors have spring retainers in this application.




The results have been impressive:-


 RSF Stage III ‘Optima’ Manifolds & 200 Cell Cats Engine Power Increase 59.3 BHP & Torque 103 NM

Castle Hill Festival with RS Fabrications

Having been invited to Castle Hill in Devon for their motoring festival we took a brand new GT4 Race Aston Martin [No 93] along with RS Fabrications FEU 02 development V8 Vantage and our Aston Martin Performance Products.

Once the Stand was set up, a meeting was arranged with Aston Martin Owners Club Devon & Cornwall to discuss performance product.

The 2 Day Show was a great success, incorporating the launch of the RSF Stage III Performance Manifolds, and a steady stream of potential customers came by to talk about performance product with both David & Russell from RS Fabrications.

Orders were taken and scheduled in for installation, with web updates and results to follow, what generated the most interest was the entry level upgrade for the V8 Vantage.

This incorporated 200 Cell replacement Catalytic Converters with newly designed and manufactured Rear GT4 silencer boxes. This combination gives you in excess of 20 BHP on a standard 4.3 Vantage.

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb with RS Fabrications

Steeped in Motorsport Racing History, Shelsley Walsh Hillclimbe is one of the oldest motorsport events in the world, and is in fact the Oldest to have been staged continuously on its original course, first having been run in 1905.

With Aston Martin Performance Product on display, a lot of interest was generated with enquires coming from Racing, Aston Martin Tuning Companies and Aston Martin Owners alike.

We also took along for only its second public appearance since being rebuilt the AMR-One Chassis 001 (007 Car at Le Mans 2011).

Recently Refurbished Engine test cell Up & Running!

Our recently refurbish Engine Test Cell instillation is now up and running. Capable of 16,000 Rpm and 1100 hp, our Froude Water Brake Engine Dynometer is available for companies, team and individuals alike for test and validate engines and components. This coupled with our experienced engine development engineers ensures that engines and components specifications are fully met.

Our facility is also available for customers to test and validate their engines and components either using our testing expertise or their own.

With our decades of experience our dyno team are capable of undertaking all instillation and running of all engines. You can be sure that all work will be carried out not only to the highest level but also in complete confidence

Generation Bentley Racing becomes first Bentley Continental GT3 Customer

David Appleby Engineering is pleased to announce that it will become the first Bentley Continental GT3 customer team when it takes delivery of the new racecar in January. The team, which will race under the Generation Bentley Racing banner, has been formed to develop young talent in motorsport for drivers, engineers and mechanics and will compete in the British GT Championship in 2014.

Drivers James Appleby (GB) and Steve Tandy (GB) will take the wheel next year in British GT and the car is available to compete in the FIA Blancpain endurance series for interested parties. The team is keen to take full advantage of the Continental GT3's eligibility for a wide spectrum of worldwide endurance racing.

James Appleby from Banbury, initially began his racing career in the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2008.  James has since competed regularly in the Aston Martin GT4 at a European level as a Junior Aston Martin Racing team driver and was presented the star of the future award by Aston Martin Racing in 2010.

Steve Tandy from Gloucestershire started his career racing classic sportscars in 2006 and is very familiar with the British GT Championship having competed for the last two seasons in the GT3 class achieving two overall wins and a multitude of podium finishes.

Launched at Goodwood in July this year, the new 1300 kg Bentley Continental GT3 race car features a 4.0 litre V8 twin turbo V8 developing 600 bhp. The new race car is based on the road-going Continental and has received an aerodynamic package of enhancements while retaining its iconic and recognisable form.

Bentley Head of Motorsport, Brian Gush said: 'I am delighted that David and his team will be competing the Continental GT3 in our home country in 2014. The team has a wealth of experience and I'm confident their energy and professionalism will see some very encouraging results next year.

"We'll be supporting them every step of the way and I wish them every success in the British GT Championship.”

David Appleby, Managing Director, David Appleby Engineering said: "Having had enormous success in GT4, we are very excited to be taking it to the next level. The Continental GT3 is a fantastic package of British design and engineering, and it's eligibility for both British GT and Blancpain makes it a perfect racecar for us."

Generation Bentley Racing will make their debut at the opening round of the British GT Championship taking place at Oulton Park on 19 April 2014.

DAE confirm attendance at Castle Hill Car Festival 2014 with Bentley GT3

Having been invited to Castle Hill in Devon for their motoring festival in 2013, we have once again been invited back and this time we will be exhibiting our Bentley Continental GT3. The Bentley will take to hill and also be involved in pit stop demonstrations (weather permitting!)

See the Castle Hill Car Festival 2013 video below:

Generation Bentley Racing unveil striking GT3 Racer!

British-based Generation Bentley Racing today unveiled their 2014 Bentley Continental GT3 challenger and announced an additional entry into the Blancpain Endurance Series second round at Silverstone with BRDC Rising Star Jody Fannin.

After many hours of adjustments and working with car livery design guru Matt Reeves (Matt Reeves Design),Generation Bentley Racing, the first Official Bentley Racing Partner Team, showcased its striking blue, white and yellow livery to guests and media attending the British GT Championship Media Day at Donington Park. The car will be raced by Steve Tandy and James Appleby in the British GT Championship during the 2014 season. “Keeping with the GBR theme we carry the union jack on the roof and with Blue, Yellow and Silver having been DAE colours for many years we felt it only right to continue that history and brand identity”, commented GBR driver James Appleby

Additional plans have also been confirmed to race in round two of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone on 23-25 May. Seasoned sports car driver and BRDC Rising Star Jody Fannin will join Tandy and Appleby in the Continental GT3.

Fannin was the 2012 British GT4 Champion which among many other successes, led him to be named a BRDC Rising Star in 2013. Commenting on the seat for Silverstone, he said: "It doesn’t get much better than racing a Bentley with its steeped racing heritage at Silverstone - the home of British Motorsport. I’m really looking forward to joining Generation Bentley Racing, and hopefully this will lead to more outings this season. Seeing the car in the flesh with its new livery today has really blown me away. I can’t wait to drive the car with Steve and James, and start working with the team."

Team Owner and Principal, David Appleby said: “It’s finally becoming a reality after a lot of hard work by the team and excellent support from Malcolm Wilson and Team M-Sport Bentley. We have a busy couple of weeks ahead of us with testing on 11th April at Snetterton before heading to the first race in the British Championship at Oulton Park on the 19th April."

Special thanks must go to our partners for the 2014 season: