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Christmas 2017 opening hours

The last ordering date for dispatch before the Christmas break is Wednesday 20th December. For UK customers, the 21st will also be the cut-off date for delivery before Christmas (mainland addresses only). If you are an overseas Trade customer, please get in touch to find out your last ordering date for a pre-Christmas delivery. Please bear in mind that we will not be able to guarantee delivery before Christmas for overseas orders, due to possible delays in transit.

Our opening hours over the 2017 festive season are as follows:

Thursday  21st Normal opening hours
Friday 22nd Normal opening hours
Monday 25th Closed
Tuesday 26th Closed
Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th Open 9am - 5pm
Monday 1st Closed
Tuesday 2nd Normal opening hours

While we are open on the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s the office will be manned by a skeleton staff only, so there may be a slight delay in responding to emails and phone calls. There will also be no Live Chat support.

We would like to wish all of our customers and friends a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Security Products

The number of reported thefts of Defenders has skyrocketed in the last couple of years, with a reported increase of 69% in North Yorkshire between 2015 and 2016. Insurance specialists are advising owners of these iconic vehicles to be aware of the risks, and take adequate precautions to discourage and prevent theft.

Understandably, there has been an increase in the number of security products for Defenders in the last year, with a range of solutions available for every budget. We’ve collected some of the most popular here.

Skytag – Tracker DA9012

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With a increasing amount of Land Rovers being stolen, why not install a Skytag tracking system to help increase the chances of your vehicle being recovered? The Skytag Vehicle Recovery System was recently featured on the BBC programme “Thief Trackers”, where a Defender was quickly recovered thanks to the Skytag tracking device that was fitted. Skytag are now largest independent stolen vehicle recovery company in the UK, providing state of the art location equipment to recover your property quickly and efficiently. With an outstanding recovery record and an 11 minute fastest record, they are proud to offer a service second to none. With unique features like monthly operation checks and direct police access to live location information.

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X-Column

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This neat solution is a sleeve for the lock barrel assembly machined out of steel. It is strong enough to prevent the barrel being removed or the end broken off. The best thing about this solution is it’s completely passive – i.e. nothing to lock or unlock. It stays permanently fitted to the vehicle providing 24 hour protection and deterrent value. The column lock will fit all Defenders LHD or RHD – up to 2014, including Puma/Tdci. One exception is that some ex-military vehicles do not have a steering lock. While the column lock will fit – it serves no purpose as there is nothing for it to protect.

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TAMPER PROOF NUTS & BOLTS

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Ensure your precious accessories remain firmly on your Land Rover by using these tamper proof nuts and bolts; ideal for securing expensive parts like your winch and bumpers. Each set contains 4 nuts or bolts and 1 key.

DA7333 Bolt set – M10 x 110
DA7334 Bolt set – M10 x 35
DA7332 Nut set – M10
DA7331 Nut set – M8
DA7330 Nut set – M6

SECURITY MARKING KIT

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The International Security Register (ISR) system has proved successful in deterring and detecting theft and fraud for over 30 years. It works on the principle that if a vehicle’s windows and parts are marked using robust techniques and details are recorded on a secure database – supported by a 24/7 verification service – criminals stealing the vehicle will run a real risk of being caught and prosecuted.The pack contains full instructions, and materials for marking glass, body panels, and plastic parts.

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X-DEFEND PEDAL LOCK – DEFENDER

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The X-Defend Pedal Lock prevents the clutch, brake and throttle pedal from being operated, making a vehicle almost impossible to drive! Unlike other pedal locks, this remains bolted to the floor of the vehicle. When not in use, it folds flat on the floor and seat box, forming the floor of the cab. In this position it can be covered with your usual floor mat, meaning you don’t have to store a 20kg lump of metal which could be lethal if it hit you in the event of an accident or while off-roading. It also means that locking is incredibly quick. Just release the catch which holds it against the seat box and lock into position. A 10mm thick steel claw grabs the brake pedal shaft and ratchets in tight against it. It can be locked in a couple of seconds! To unlock turn the key which releases the pedal and fold flat on the floor.The Pedal Lock is supplied in tough, corrosion proof 304 stainless steel and uses formed hinges with a 6mm stainless pin. It is supplied with an anti-drill, British made Lowe & Fletcher RPT Lock.

DA6601 Right Hand Drive
DA6602 Left Hand Drive

DOOR HINGE GUARDS – DEFENDER

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The hinge guard is built to exact specification and was developed to fit all Defender models and years. It has been engineered for maximum protection and ease of fitment. Each Hinge Guard kit consists of two CAD engineered stainless steel plates which fit inside of each hinge point, restricting outward movement of the door with the bulkhead bolts removed. Fitting the Hinge Guards is incredibly easy with comprehensive fitting instructions supplied. Each door kit can be easily fitted in 20-30 minutes. After installation, only the top of each plate can be seen, providing an unobtrusive modification and deterrent to would-be thieves.

DA1398 2 Door Kit
DA1399 4 Door Kit

British Cross Country Championship – Round 5 at Bovington

21751884_10159266539035321_6269642254158603493_nWe have just returned from round 5 at Bovington and they played out like this….

Arriving at Bovington camp on the Friday afternoon, the forecasted weather was upon us and we set up service in wind and rain Once the car was passed scrutineering we retired and focused on the day ahead.

Once the car was passed scrutineering we retired and focused upon the coming race as the season is drawing to a close and we needed to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd to maintain our lead in the overall standings. Jim arrived and joined us for the weekend and it was great to have someone from Britcar to come and cheer us on – to be honest, by the end of the weekend he was fully integrated into the team and is welcome back any time…

21761841_10159266538925321_3464528707046229845_nSaturday started bright and sunny and we set good times across a 6 mile lap that was predominately rolling sand and grit with large amounts of standing water interspersed with gooey sand and very rough forest. We finished day 1 in 1stplace with a small margin of time.

After heavy rain during the night it was no surprise that the circuit was very very wet on the Sunday, what was a surprise was that on the first corner of the day there was a large noise and the cars handling went very poor. I took a decision to try to complete the rest of the 6 miles as stopping in stage would lose enough time to put our position in jeopardy. Two or three times the car tried to veer suddenly to the right and threatened to take us into the undergrowth, the steering was quite bad and at some points the steering wheel was 180 degrees out just to maintain a straight line.

21752208_10159266538915321_6838408882169213660_nOnce back it became clear that we had sheared off the top of the right hand front damper and this had been flopping about under the wheel arch for the entire lap over all the bumps. Although it cost us about 2 minutes in time, having seen the damage I was quite pleased to have got back to service!

Mongo the mechanic changed out both front struts and replaced them with standard Freelander items, as these are lower it gave us a dragster style nose down look!

 

21761434_10159266538930321_7655406919895957959_nWe continued through the day although with the nose down we hit every bump on the track and that slowed us down quite considerably. The worst run was when we had a sudden rainstorm halfway through the lap which reduced already poor conditions to those of extremely hazardous to be racing in with no clear line over obstacles and a flooded track. I have uploaded this to the teams YouTube channel and I have posted a link in the teams FaceBook page.

We pressed on and at the end of the event found that, even though we had lost several minutes due to the suspension issue, we had finished first. Well actually we finished joint 1st as we had amazingly set exactly the same time as another competitor – however the win went to us as we had set the fastest 1st lap.

 

 

Britcar charity calendar

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Britcar will be releasing a charity calendar for 2018, and we’re looking for photos from customers to feature in the calendar.  We need you to send us photos of your Land Rover that you’d like to see published in a wall calendar that will be sold to people all over the world.

The photos don’t have to feature majestic scenery or wild animals to be featured, anything unique or unusual that captures the essence of Land Rover ownership would be perfect.

Images for the calendar must be sent as JPG, PNG, or RAW files with a minimum resolution of 300dpi. Files can be sent by email, Dropbox, google drive,  or physically delivered via USB or DVD. to photos@britcar.com

All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be donated to Parkinson’s UK. Any images sent to us may be used by us for current or future marketing purposes, but will not sold or supplied to other companies or organisations.

Product focus – Defender roof rack and ARB roof tent

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In a bid to prepare his 110 for an overlanding holiday in Morocco, Jim has been investing in some hardware to increase the practicality of his truck.

The first new addition was a full-length roof rack from Allmakes 4×4  (part number TF975). The roof rack arrived flat-packed, and took a few hours to install; be aware, this is not a one-man job!

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Once the roof rack was fitted and secure, the ARB roof tent (DA8981) and side awning (DA6826) were added. Installation is “simply” a case of lifting them up onto the roof rack and strapping them on.

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With everything loaded up, Jim was pleased to find that the 110 doesn’t feel especially top-heavy, and the fuel consumption has only dropped a couple of mpg. With one successful camping trip already under his belt, Jim is already looking at the catalogues to choose the next upgrade…

Parts used:

TF975 – Terrafirma black aluminium roof rack (110 only) – £695.70 +VAT
DA8981 – ARB Simpson tent (supplied by Britpart) – £1125.72 +VAT
DA6826 – ARB 2500mm x 2500mm awning (supplied by Britpart) – £249.98 +VAT

Easter 2017 opening hours

Our opening times for the UK Easter holiday this year are:

Thursday 13th April – OPEN AS NORMAL (08.00 – 17.30)
Friday 14th April – CLOSED
Saturday 15th April – OPEN AS NORMAL (09.00 – 13.00)
Monday 17th April – CLOSED
Tuesday 18th April – NORMAL SERVICE

Orders placed after Thursday 13th will be processed on Tuesday 18th.

NEW 3-5 Day USPS Shipping Service

USPS Shipping

As one of the UK’s leading independent Land Rover & Jaguar parts specialists, we understand the importance of supplying our huge selection of parts to continental US customers. Up until now, using standard Royal Mail International delivery has been a both a financially expensive and time-consuming process, taking around 3-6 weeks to arrive. We are now pleased to announce an entirely new solution for our US customers.

Open for all orders up to 5kg in weight, USPS delivery transit is estimated at 3-5 days, and is a fraction of the cost of Royal Mail International delivery. Your package will be couriered from the UK to the USA overnight by DHL, and is then passed over to the USPS to be sent straight to your delivery address. Every package will receive a USPS tracking number, meaning that you can keep an eye on your purchase from our door to yours.

Use Shipping Type ‘USPS Smart Mail’ at checkout to take advantage of this great new service.

 

48 Years of Range Rover – The Evolution

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With more than 1.7 Million sold since its official launch in 1970, spanning 10 different models, the Range Rover is undoubtedly the King of the SUVs.

This short animation, just released by Land Rover, details the transformation from the original Velar all the way through to the Autobiography.

Range Rover Model Timeline

1969   Range Rover Prototype (Velar)

1970   Range Rover Classic (two-door)

1973   Range Rover Classic (Suffix C)

1981   Range Rover Classic (four-door)

1994   Second-generation Range Rover (P38a)

2001   Third-generation Range Rover

2012   Fourth-generation Range Rover

2014   Fourth-generation Range Rover Long Wheelbase

2015   Range Rover SVAutobiography

2016   Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

 

Range Rover Sport tackles Alpine ski course

Range Rover Sport Ski Course

In a world first, and following on from a series of challenges which seem to be getting more extreme every time, JLR decided to take on the fearsome Inferno downhill ski course in Mürren, Switzerland. British racing driver Ben Collins, most commonly known as ‘The Stig’, was provided with a production model Range Rover Sport, modified only with essential safety features (reinforced tyres, harnesses and a roll cage), and handed the daunting task of tackling the 2,170 metre descent.

During the descent Collins reached speeds of 96mph and facing gradients of 75% in the Range Rover Sport, which was equipped with a 510PS 5.0-lire supercharged V8 petrol engine. Upon completing the hair-raising course, Collins described the challenge as the “hardest thing I’ve ever done”.

The Range Rover Sport itself seemed to perform extremely well in the conditions, reaching 75mph through ice and sleet at the top of the mountain, and topping out at 96mph through fog and wet grass at the bottom of. According to Jaguar Land Rover, this can be attributed to the pioneering Terrain Response technology, which controls a number of different features on the car, to help it quickly adapt to whatever conditions it finds itself in. For example the Anti-Roll Bar stiffens to reduce body roll in dynamic mode, the rear diff is locked to allow controlled wheel slip in ‘Mud and Ruts’ mode and when the ‘Grass/Gravel/Snow’ setting is used, understeer and oversteer are reduced by engine braking.

Overall this challenge has showed the Range Rover Sport is a genuine off-roader, and not just suited to suburban streets, as some may have you believe.

Jaguar Land Rover launch in-car Spotify app

As you would expect from Jaguar Land Rover, they seem to be ahead of the curve as always, and have managed to secure an exclusive partnership with the world’s largest audio streaming service, Spotify.

Spotify In-car App

What is Spotify?

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that allows you to access millions of songs, podcasts and videos. Spotify has over 100million users worldwide, accessing music fram a huge variety of artists and genres. The free version of Spotify is similar to a commercial radio station in the fact that although you get to choose the music you listen to, your song choices are intertwined with short radio-style adverts.

Following launch at the end of September 2016, the Spotify in-car app, available through the InControl Apps library on both iOS and Android can utilise both online & offline Spotify modes, means that you can always listen to your favourite songs, even in low-signal areas. Picking your own offline playlists is a great feature of Spotify, which may mean all of those ‘Driving Anthems’ CDs stashed away in the glove box may need to find a new home.

Jaguar Land Rover say they have been working alongside Spotify for a number of years to bring this partnership to fruition, and are extremely excited to bring this new app to all vehicles, past and future, with InControl apps (vehicles since 2014).

As excited as we are about this new innovation from JLR here at Britcar, nothing quite beats a cassette in a car, does it?