Good news for our US and international customers – we are now accepting US Dollar for orders and payments. You will be able to select the currency on the website before placing your order, and you will see the USD price for your parts and shipping. Any shipping quotes will be provided in USD as well, as will the final invoice.
We set our USD rate to be close to the market rate, so hopefully your direct USD price will be more cost effective than the rate charged by your card provider or bank.
You might have noticed that Land Rover have announced a Remastered performance Defender; powered by a 5.0 litre V8 engine coupled to the current 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Works V8 hauls to 60mph in 5.6s and tops out at 106mph. Land Rover have also made changes to the driveline and suspension with an updated transfer box and reconfigured suspension. You can’t say that they’ve not done a cracking job – it looks and sounds fantastic, and the response in the press and social media has been overwhelmingly positive.
The question on everyone’s lips though, is “If you had the money, would you?”. There has been furious debate in the Land Rover community about the cost for the remastered vehicle – a not-insignificant £150,000 starting price, for what is fundamentally a used Defender! Some people have also starting asking whether you could effectively ‘remaster’ your own Defender to the same specification for less money, although with the engine and gearbox alone costing in the region of £20,000 +VAT you’d need rather deep pockets to build your own.
Regardless of people’s opinion on the asking price, Land Rover have not struggled to sell the swansong Defender – they have confirmed that all 150 of the limited editions have sold in less than a month after the initial announcement. We’re hoping that at least a few of these rare vehicles will actually get to see the light of day, instead of being hidden away with an eye on future values.
If you’re feeling brave enough, we can supply the parts you’d need for a replica Works V8, or any other custom build, just get in touch with your parts list!
We are excited to announce the availability of a range of engine parts for the 2.7 TDV6 engine. These parts are particularly significant, as Land Rover do not provide any parts for the crankshaft and pistons for this engine – they will only supply a replacement short block.
The popular 2.7 TDV6 engine was used in the Discovery 3 and Range Rover Sport between 2004 and 2009.
Crank Shaft Assembly
This crank shaft is supplied by a leading OE manufacturer for engine cranks and components. It has been forged to withstand greater stress loads than the 2.7 Lion demands.
We 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…
Saturday 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.
Once 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!
We 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 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 email@example.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.
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!
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.
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…
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
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.
At Britcar, we’re always working on new ways to improve both the online store, and how we process orders. After a significant amount of behind-the-scenes work, we’ve just launched three major updates to brit-car.co.uk:
New streamlined checkout process
We’ve overhauled the checkout experience on the site to make it easier to complete the checkout and payment steps. The new layout breaks up the various stages of entering your information, making it clearer and quicker to pass through the checkout. The updates to the checkout were designed to complement the other changes launched on the site.
Fully-functional mobile site
We now have a completely redesigned mobile site, which you will automatically switch over to when viewing the site. The mobile version still contains all of the content and functionality of the desktop site, all bundled up into a neat little package.
International address finder
Fed up of typing in your full address details into websites? Our new checkout design and account creation includes a global address finder, making it far quicker to enter your details. The same system allows our staff to rapidly identify addresses from postcode or street name, completely eliminating the risk of failed deliveries due to incorrect addresses.
There are more changes coming in the new year, and we welcome any comments or feedback on our online store.
The last ordering date for dispatch before the Christmas break is Wednesday 21st 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 2016 festive season are as follows:
Normal opening hours
Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th
Open 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 3rd =>
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 phonecalls. 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!
Duncan and Sandy Mansfield, and the team at Britcar (UK) Ltd were delighted to present a cheque for £4,077 to Lisa Burns from Parkinson’s UK this week.
The funds were raised during their charity open day on the 3rd September 2016, and online at justgiving.com. Several hundred friends and customers attended the open day, playing games and taking advantage of some very good deals available on the day!
Sandy, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, will be working closely with the local branch of Parkinson’s to decide where the money will be directed.
Britcar are proud to be supporting a charity that makes such a huge difference to the lives of local people.