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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Britcar’s first charity open day was a resounding success, with over £4000 being raised for Parkinson’s UK across several fundraising channels. We had a great turn-out for the day, with lots of people trying the games and activities.
There was a minor interruption with some rain later in the day, but plenty of visitors were still around to grab a bargain at the end as some stock and prizes were traded for donations at bargain prices!
We’ll post an update once we have the final total for the fundraising, as we’re still waiting on a final run of donations to come in.
Thank you again for everyone who came or supported the day.