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Are we now in a post-supercar era?

Posted: July 28, 2022 by Joe Powerspark in Blog

Lamborghini have announced that the ludicrous Huracan Sterrato off roader is to become a reality… So what’s all this about?

It’s not every day that the exotic Italian manufacturer announces a new car, and their supercars do tend to remain in production for quite a few years… It’s not like a ‘normal’ car where the same platform will get a mid life facelift before it’s replaced by a new model after 5 years. The Huracan has been around 8 years since it was launched In 2014, replacing the Gallardo which itself had a 10 year production run. Gone are the days when a car would remain in print for a decade, so it’s understandable that Lamborghini wants to roll the dice a bit as it’s Huracan is a little long in the tooth…. But an off road supercar? Really? What’s this all about?

The supercar and hypercar movement has all but paled into irrelevance in the last decade. There was once a time when 150mph was the realm of the gods, and 200mph was a pedestal upon which only one or two cars ever sat… These days your average family saloon can cruise at close to 150mph, and we see cars capable of 170mph+ on a daily basis. Your fast saloons from the likes of Mercedes AMG, BMW’s M division and Audi’s RS department have been churning out bread-and-butter supercars for a decade, bringing performance to the masses and inadvertently diluting the potency of those really ludicrous supercars.

Are we now numb to speed? Have we become accustomed to acceleration? Is brake horsepower boring?

The fact that Lamborghini deems it not only feasible but commercially viable to produce a supercar with a lift kit seems to indicate that we are in a post-supercar era.

When everything can do 0-60 in under 6 seconds, and 600hp isn’t enough to get you noticed, does performance really matter?

As we sit here in 2022, Power, Performance and Outright Gorgeous Looks are all no longer part of the design brief for a high end motorcar. Take a look at any modern BMW and you can see that the days of understated elegance are gone. Does anyone actually make a genuinely good looking car anymore? What has happened to the new car market, and to new car buyers, and how does that impact the way we value our beloved classic cars?

The speed with which modern cars are passing into the realm of irrelevance can only seek to bolster the enthusiasm around classic cars.

We’re here for the sounds, the smells and the style of old fashioned, properly designed and engineered cars from an era where performance was genuinely impressive.

There’s no doubt that the Huracan Sterato will be a hoot to drive off road, and equally no doubt that it’ll sell in droves.

Either way, here’s some photos of the Lamborghinis of old… cars from a time when seeing one would result in your jaw hitting the floor, not turning into a yawn.

Food for thought. What do you think…?

What are our top 5 best selling electronic ignition kits?

Posted: July 26, 2022 by Joe Powerspark in Blog

The range of electronic ignition kits here at Powerspark Ignition now includes more than 100 different kits, which fit a huge array of classic cars. We are often asked which is the most popular, so here’s out Top 5 Best Selling Electronic Ignition Kits in video form… featuring Mr Bean, Basil Fawlty, some antique footage, a freezing cold winter and definitely no Morris Marinas being crushed by a piano.

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Welcome to another Top Fives video from Powerspark Ignition! This week we are looking at our TOP FIVE best selling electronic ignition conversion kits from last month.

An electronic ignition kit replaces the points and sometimes troublesome condenser inside your distributor, giving you less moving parts for smoother running and swifter starting.

The K4 Ignition kit for Lucas 45D an 59D distributors

In at number one this month we have the K4, a kit that always features near the top because it replaces the points in the widely used Lucas 45D and 59D. If all of that was gobbledegook, then how about Classic Mini, Land Rover, MG and MGB? Those four cars were built in huge numbers, and they survive in droves today – hence it’s our best selling kit this month!

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The K6 ignition kit for Bosch distributors

Our number two best seller is the K6, designed to give the gift of electronic ignition to German, Italian, British and Swedish cars which use the Bosch JF4, JFU4, 009, 050, SVDA, 0231, and more. We’re talking Alfa Romeo Giulias, a heap of classic Audis, the BMW 2002 et al, many iconic Fords from the 1970s,

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K2 Ignition Kit for Lucas 25D distributors

Ah the Lucas 25D, Britain’s favourite distributor and the unit that appeared in house favourites including the All Agro Allegro, Ford Escort Twin Cam, Morris Marina, Riley Elf MK1 and 2, Sunbeam Alpine and many, many more. Once again it’s no surprise see the K2 kit in the top three best sellers, the list of vehicles this little kit fits is extensive! It even includes Mr Bean’s favourite car…the Reliant Robin.

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The K34 ignition kit for Autolite and Prestolite distributors

It’s July 4th as we type this blog post, which is completely appropriate as American Independence Day leads us nicely to the Willys Jeep…which uses, you guessed it, the K34 electronic ignition kit. The 1945 Willys Jeep (also known as the CJ) was actually the first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive car – Land Rover’s Series 1 didn’t go into production until 3 years later in 1948.

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The K35 Ignition Kit for Magnetti Marelli 2 distributors

Ciao! Aftea whistlestop tour through the top four we’re finishing up in Italy with our K35 kit, which replaces the old fashioned points in one of the most popular cars ever made – The Fiat 500. The Nouva 500 arrived in 1957, remaining virtually unchanged until 1975 when it was replaced by the Fiat 126, which in turn gave way to the Cinquecento. It’s easy to think the 126 wasn’t as popular as the 500, but Fiat made almost a million more 126’s than 500s! The Fiat 500 has to be one of the ultimate practical classics… they’re numerous in the marketplace, easy to maintain, small when it comes to restoration and most importantly, they’ll pin a grin on your face wherever you’re driving. Thanks for enjoying a quick look at our Top 5s, lots more videos coming soon!

Are the proposed 2 yearly MOT changes a good idea?

Posted: May 3, 2022 by Joe Powerspark in Blog

Let’s talk about the proposed MOT changes (Boris thinks moving it to every 2 years instead of every 1 year will save you some pennies)… So let’s look at this in real terms, with 5 real cars with 5 real-ish owners.

1. The Austin Healey. Owned by Roger*. Roger has owned it forever, restored it himself, rebuilt the brakes and clutch and engine, and he still takes it for an MOT every year even though he doesn’t need to, because that’s what he’s always done.

2. The Mini. Owned by Jason. Jason* is 20, he’s been building it since he was 15 with his dad. They’ll MOT it every year, and they know it needs the sills doing, but they’re OK for now, and they have completed the interior ready for the show season.

3. The Volvo. Owned by Geoff*. Geoff bought it for £250, but has spent more than £2,000 on it to ensure it’s safe and road worthy. He loves it, he knows it needs an exhaust and ideally a cambelt, but he’ll do that when he has the money.

4. The Cavalier. It’s owned by Mike*, who’s selling it on behalf of the elderly owner. It needs a LOT of work, but Mike knows it, and the person who’s going to buy it knows it.

And lastly…

5. The Nissan Juke. It was leased new by Karen*, who ran it for three years, did 35,000 miles and never so much as opened the bonnet or changed a tyre. At it it’s first MOT, both front tyres were through the cords, and the rears were suspect, but it was MOT’d by a dealer who was selling the car, so they let it slide with some really naff budget front tyres and some brake pads.

It’s then bought by Sarah*, who assumes the car is kosher as it’s come from a dealer who has mostly good reviews. It probably won’t rust like the Mini or rot like the Cavalier, but like every car here, it will need the springs, shocks, bushes, brakes, tyres and emissions checking every year just to keep on top of it, because Sarah has a busy life, isn’t into cars and will never check any of those things herself – meaning the car could be dangerous and she would never know.

So there we go, in a nutshell, thats why we need the annual MOT. It’s probably not for you, because if you follow us, you know this. But share this with some of your ‘not car friends’ and they’ll understand.

*The names are made up, change them any way you like.