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Posted on Thursday August 01, 2019
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Posted on Wednesday July 24, 2019
Motul is again expanding and perfecting its range of dedicated racing fluids by presenting brake fluid RBF 700. This new product, standardised DOT4, offers superior performance compared to conventional products with “dry” boiling point of 336°C. It improves braking power and uniformity under the most severe temperature conditions observed in car, motorcycle racing, or other motor sports.
A pioneer in the synthetic lubricants sector, Motul has been involved in motor sports for several decades. Over all these years, Motul has proved its expertise through the technical partnerships it has formed with the most prestigious race teams (Rebellion, Nismo SuperGT, Yamaha WSBK, Suzuki MotoGP, Honda HRC, amongst others). Motul products are also used throughout the world in the greatest championships: 24 Hours of Le Man, MotoGP, WSBK, Blancpain GT series and Goodwood Revival.
Building on this experience and expertise has enabled us to develop the Motul RBF 700 brake fluid. This product offers maximum and uniform braking power under the most extreme temperature conditions encountered in racing.
The “dry” boiling point has been raised greatly above the standards: 336°C. In parallel, the “wet” boiling point has also been improved: 205°C which enables it to retain full performance under wet conditions.
These performance figures make it possible to limit the cooling requirement, and thus the air flow directed onto the brakes, which results in potential aerodynamic gains.
This new brake fluid RBF700 is also standardised DOT4 which makes it compatible with and recommendable for high-performance private vehicles.
Witham Motorsport is the official UK Distributor of Motul automotive products. For more details or to order Motul products please call our Motul distribution centre on 01353 723373 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted on Wednesday June 05, 2019
Now is the time of year to get your farm machinery serviced and topped up with engine oils, greases, coolants and hydraulic oils – to be ready and reliable for the arduous months ahead.
Did you know that 10% of all breakdowns in the field are due to the wrong oil type or not enough oil in machinery. Using quality lubricants can extend the life of farm machinery, help with fuel economy in engines, prevent rust and avoid water penetration whilst also ensuring all the parts work to their maximum capacity.
When choosing lubricants, it’s important to choose a supplier that conforms to the latest industry standards. One such supplier is the Witham Group, who trading since 1921, specialise in agricultural lubricants and greases.
Machinery preparation checklist:
Witham can supply a whole range of agricultural products for next day delivery. To see the full range, buy online, contact us for advice or to find out more visit: www.withamgroup.co.uk
Posted on Thursday May 30, 2019
“Fast enough to make your face ache” with a perfect blend of speed and handling to match – the Caterham Seven offers the true driving enthusiast an uncompromising fun and rewarding drive, which few can match!
These characteristics not only personify the British specialist car manufacturer, Caterham but mirror that of Motul, the lubricant choice of high-performance car owners the world over. Cementing the two brand’s complementing DNA, today the companies announce an exciting new partnership which sees Motul become the official lubricant partner to Caterham, a perfect fit in terms of heritage, technology and motorsport pedigree.
Witham Motorsport are proud to be the UK distributor of Motul automotive lubricants. Throughout the years, Motul has gained extensive experience as an official supplier to many global racing series such as 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA World Endurance Championship, MotoGP, and now Caterham’s full motorsport ladder.
Motul is providing a range of premium fluids to Caterham for first fill and service fill, including 8100 Eco-nergy 5W-30 to meet the latest road emissions standards.
In addition Motul will also supply it’s Sport 5W-50 engineered for high-performance road, track and motorsport applications. Motul’s flagbearer for excellence in competition, the 300V range of products, can also be used for high-performance competition purposes.
To complete the range; Motul’s Gear Competition, Gear 300 LS 75W-90 Transmission, and differential oils will be used in all Caterham Sevens. Maintenance fluids such as coolant and RBF 600 Brake Fluid are options additionally available within the partnership. All of Motul’s products have successfully proven their reliability, performance and quality engineering.
With over 60 years of engineering prowess Caterham now offers 11 variations of the ‘Seven’ model including its dedicated motorsport products, which are sold in 19 countries worldwide. Designed with all driver experience levels in mind, the Caterham Seven’s versatility and long-standing history has led to it becoming one of the most iconic cars sold in Britain and makes it’s motorsport series the largest and most successful single make championship in Europe.
Celebrating the start of the new partnership in style, on 6th and 7th of April Caterham played host to Motul and over 130 race drivers at the home of British Formula One, Silverstone National.
Graham Macdonald, CEO of Caterham Group, commented: “It was fantastic to welcome Motul to the opening round of Caterham’s Motorsport Championship and we look forward to working collaboratively to further enhance the Seven’s performance through its extensive range of high-performance lubricants.”
Romain Fabre, Head of Center of Excellence Market at Motul added:
“Motul is thrilled to form this Partnership with such an iconic brand. We look forward to providing Caterham with the best of Motul’s know-how, for the benefit of the drivers across the world and the excitement of the spectators around the track. Enjoy the ride!”
Motul is a world-class French company specialised in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its MotulTech activity.
Unanimously recognised for more than 165 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology and issued from the aeronautical industry.
Throughout the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and works with them to further technological development in motorsports.
Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, Super GT, Drift, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancpain Endurance & Sprint Series, MotoGP, World Superbike, MXGP, IOM TT, Ice Speedway Gladiators World Championship, F1 Boat and scores of others.
Caterham Cars is a British manufacturer of specialist lightweight sports cars.
Colin Chapman’s Lotus Cars launched the Series 1 Lotus Seven in 1957. In 1973 Caterham acquired the rights to build and develop the Seven from Chapman.
Over sixty years on, Caterham is still adhering to Chapman’s original philosophy with a line-up of models that range in power from 125bhp to 310bhp and each car weighing just over 500kg. Production of Caterham’s unique British cars is exclusively from within the UK.
Caterham has become the UK’s largest family of factory championships since its foundation in 1986, with five factory series boasting the closest and most exciting races imaginable on the finest circuits in the UK and Europe.
Caterham’s racing series provide an opportunity for enthusiasts of all levels, from the Academy Series – the first rung on the motorsport ladder for novice drivers – up to the premier championship, the 420R
For more information about Motul automotive lubricants and to buy online visit the Witham Online Shop: www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/motul-lubricants/
Or contact Richard Scarbrough on email@example.com
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Posted on Thursday May 02, 2019
Team Toyota GB welcomed some 4,500 members and families from Toyota Manufacturing UK to Donington Park last weekend (27/28 April), and Witham Motorsport and Motul’s ambassador, Tom Ingram, sent every one of them home with a smile on their face after sensationally clinching the new Toyota Corolla’s breakthrough British Touring Car Championship race victory.
Following a visit to the Japanese manufacturer’s nearby Burnaston plant, Ingram arrived at Donington eager to build upon the promising start he and Team Toyota GB with Ginsters had made to the 2019 BTCC campaign a fortnight earlier at Brands Hatch.
On the pace from the outset in free practice behind the wheel of the distinctively-liveried #80 entry – the 25-year-old carefully navigated a rain and incident-disrupted qualifying session to snare sixth spot on the starting grid amongst the 30 high-calibre protagonists, less than two tenths-of-a-second shy of the front row.
He converted that into a strong fifth place in race one, harrying three-time series title-holder Matt Neal right the way to the chequered flag as he put more valuable points on the board. Running on the less favourable hard-compound rubber in race two and now carrying 30kg of success ballast – more than anybody else on the ‘option’ tyre – Ingram produced an excellent defensive drive to cling on to a second consecutive top ten finish, crucially earning him pole position for the day’s reversed grid finale.
In front of the live ITV4 television cameras – not to mention his new, 4,500-strong TMUK ‘fan club’ swelling the popular Leicestershire circuit’s grandstands – the reigning two-time BTCC Independents’ Champion led from lights-to-flag. After establishing an early advantage, he proceeded to confidently control the pace to secure both his and Northwich, Cheshire-based Speedworks Motorsport’s tenth career BTCC triumph – and the first for the Corolla in the UK’s premier motor racing series in three decades.
A flawless performance, the result made Ingram the third-highest scorer of the weekend while maintaining his impressive recent record of winning at Donington every year since 2017. It also vaulted him four spots up the championship table from tenth into sixth, as he halved his deficit to the top of the Drivers’ standings to just 12 points heading next to Thruxton in Hampshire on 18/19 May. Team Toyota GB similarly climbed four places up the order in the Teams’ battle, rising to eighth amongst the 19 contenders.
Tom Ingram, Driver, Team Toyota GB, said:
“Every win is special, but this one more than most. All the hard work, all the expectations when you bring out a new car, the added pressure now of being an official manufacturer-backed entry – to repay all of that with the Corolla’s first victory in only its sixth race and be able to share the moment with 4,500 team fans at our new ‘home’ track, well, it really doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
“Starting from pole in race three, we kind of had to turn that into a win and to do so was genuinely a fairytale ending to the weekend. The support we received from TMUK was incredible – it was pretty overwhelming, actually – and everybody that came was so passionate about what we are doing, which was great to see. The sense of satisfaction in getting the job done in front of them all was immense. It was an amazing result, and something we will I’m sure look back upon in years to come as a really important milestone on this journey.
“The Corolla was an absolute pleasure to drive in race three – just fantastic – and a wave of emotion came over me when the chequered flag fell. This win means so much to us as a team and to me personally after a difficult week. Everybody at Speedworks has put in so much effort over the winter and start of the season, and I honestly can’t thank the Team Toyota GB crew enough – they’ve been out of this world. What a weekend to score the new Corolla’s first BTCC win – hopefully the first of many…”
Christian Dick, Team Principal, Team Toyota GB, said:
“It was a pretty mind-blowing weekend, all-in-all – we always expected to be competitive at Donington, but still, to get the new Corolla’s first BTCC race win in front of so many people from TMUK and with all that added pressure and expectation, you genuinely couldn’t script it. Absolutely fantastic – I don’t think there was a single dry eye in the house.
“The work put in by the Speedworks guys to build, develop and refine this car over the past few months has been nothing short of phenomenal, and this result is testament to the outstanding job done by each and every one of them – I really couldn’t be any prouder. We have a great crew here, Tom is a great driver – and, as I think the weekend proved, we have a great car at our disposal too.
“Tom produced an excellent drive in race one, but we knew we were going to be up against it in race two, with the extra weight on-board and being one of the few cars on the hard tyre. Realistically, we thought simply staying inside the top 15 would be a good result, so to come home tenth in difficult circumstances was really pleasing and turned out to be a key factor in setting us up for race three success.
“We’ve now scored well in all six races so far this season and keep taking small steps forward – we’re learning all the time and consistently moving in the right direction. Best of all, there is still plenty more to come – we are only going to get stronger from this point on.”
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Posted on Wednesday May 01, 2019
We are delighted to be featured in the past two issues of ‘Classics Monthly’ – a magazine dedicated to buying, restoring and repairing any popular British and European classic and sports car from the 1930s to the 1980s. Each issue is packed with great technical advice, invaluable buying information and owners’ restorations.
Each month, the magazine features a step by step guide showing a full restoration and service of a classic car. They recently showed the chassis repairs and service of a SAAB 900 Turbo Convertible for which a range of Witham products were used.
During the service, the Saab’s sump was filled up with Qualube Qualsyn Engine Oil.
Qualube Universal Blue Anti-freeze/Coolant was used as an engine coolant in the radiator.
On the brakes, the garage used our Prolan anti-seize grease and medium grade spray lubricant to loosen off some stubborn nuts that had become corroded.
They also used a spray version of Prolan medium grade lubricant to help loosen the caliper springs on the brake discs.
Finally, they used Qualube Classic Brake Fluid to top up the reservoir during the Saab’s service.
About Witham Group
Witham Oil and Paint is a privately-owned company that has been trading continually since 1921. The company’s head office and lubricant manufacturing plant is based in Lincoln and the group also operates trade and decoration depots in Lowestoft and Soham. Over the past 98 years this family owned business has grown from making cycle oil and candle wax and is now an acclaimed manufacturer of an impressive range of commercial lubricants and paints. Today, the Witham Group blends over five million litres of oil every year and produces an impressive range of blended and straight oils suitable for use in vintage and classic engines, as well as gear oils, anti-freeze, grease and a range of paints and specialist coatings.
For more information about finding a suitable blend of Qualube oil for your car, go to www.withamgroup.co.uk or call our technical department on 01522 521191.
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Posted on Thursday April 25, 2019
Donington Park race circuit will host 4,500 members and families from Toyota Manufacturing UK this weekend (27/28 April), all ready to cheer on our Motul brand ambassador Tom Ingram in his new Toyota Corolla as the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) calls into the popular Leicestershire circuit – and the series’ reigning two-time Independent Champion is confident of putting on a stellar show.
Team Toyota GB has returned to the UK’s premier motor racing series as an official Manufacturer entry in 2019 for the first time in more than two decades, by joining forces with Northwich, Cheshire-based outfit Speedworks Motorsport – and at Brands Hatch earlier this month, 25-year-old Ingram got the new partnership off to a promising start with a hat-trick of solid points-scoring finishes in tricky wet/dry conditions.
That means the Bucks-born ace will arrive at Donington – a track at which he has been a winner in each of the past two seasons, last year from all the way down in 13th on the grid – sitting a competitive tenth in the Drivers’ table amongst the 30 high-calibre contenders, and he is sure to receive an enthusiastic welcome and tremendous support from his new TMUK ‘fan club’.
As a sneak preview, today he will take his race-tuned Corolla to the nearby Burnaston plant, where it will sit proudly on display alongside Toyota’s recently-launched, British-built road-going model – the latest generation of the best-selling car in motoring history.
Having finished third in the overall BTCC standings in 2017 and second in 2018, Ingram is well aware that successful championship campaigns are built on consistency in a series that last year saw a record-breaking 17 different race-winners – so three further strong scores on Sunday would be just the ticket to keep his title bid on-track and send the TMUK faithful home happy. All of the action will be broadcast live and in high-definition on ITV4, starting at 10:40am.
Tom Ingram, Driver, Team Toyota GB with Ginsters, said:
“Donington is going to end up being our adopted home circuit! Speedworks has historically counted Oulton Park as ‘home ground’, but with our Team Toyota GB backing and 4,500 employees and their families coming to watch us from TMUK, that’s all about to change!
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to have that many people coming out to support us and it’ll be an invaluable help, I’m sure. I can’t recall anything on quite this scale before, and it’s an absolute honour and privilege for me and all the Speedworks crew that will be working away in the pit garage throughout the weekend. It does add a little ratchet of pressure, but it’s more exciting than anything else.
“We tested at Donington last month and I have to say, that was probably the best the car felt anywhere pre-season. Its layout suits the strengths of the new Corolla – the car is incredible on the brakes, which is a key attribute there, and it’s fantastically-balanced through the mid-speed corners which should similarly play into our hands.
“I think we can be in the mix. We’re light on ballast which will help in qualifying and race one, so I’m hopeful a strong result is on the cards – especially with all eyes on us and the Team Toyota GB flags flying!”
Christian Dick, Team Principal, Team Toyota GB with Ginsters, said:
“Donington is shaping up to be a very busy and exciting weekend for us. We’ve always been fortunate to enjoy the support of a loyal fanbase, but this is set to be something else altogether – and taking our BTCC Corolla to Burnaston tomorrow is a great reward for all those who have worked so hard to design and manufacture the new road-going model, which I must say looks like an absolutely cracking piece of kit!
“In preparation for the race weekend, we tested at Thruxton last week alongside all the other BTCC teams, which went very well. We ran with ballast in the morning and Tom was still able to lap third-quickest, which was obviously encouraging. We were satisfied with that, so we then spent the afternoon session experimenting with different set-ups rather than chasing lap times and I think it’s fair to say we learnt a lot.
“It was extremely difficult to draw any conclusions from Brands Hatch because the weather was just so changeable, but we have gone well at Donington before and I see no reason why we shouldn’t be firmly in contention again in all three races.”
Posted on Wednesday April 10, 2019
It’s great to see the Witham Group featured in this month’s Vintage Spirit magazine. Vintage Spirit is a magazine for steam and industrial heritage enthusiasts and general fans of classic vehicles.
In the latest issue (May 2019), there is an article that explains why oil is so vital for an engine. Oil is to an engine what blood is to the human body and using the wrong oil can cause machinery and vehicles to breakdown. For older engines, using incorrect oil can be disastrous as most modern engine oils are not compatible with classic engines. There is also a guide for Vintage Spirit readers on how to choose an oil for a classic vehicle, recommending Witham as a reputable lubricant manufacturer.
The magazine also includes our lovely new advert for our Classic and Vintage range of products.
The Witham Group has been making popular classic products since 1921 (although they weren’t classic then!). As engine technology has developed over the past 100 years, Witham has produced tried and tested oils and greases for a whole array of classic and vintage vehicles, carefully made to the correct formulations as originally recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.
To see our whole range of classic engine oils, brake fluids, greases and rust prevention products for classic and vintage vehicles and buy online please visit: www.withamgroup.co.uk/shop/classic-range/
Posted on Thursday April 04, 2019
In 1971, Motul grabbed the limelight when it launched the first 100% synthetic lubricant ever designed for cars: the famous 300V, applying aeronautical technology. It was in tribute to the 300 victories obtained by the brand up to that point that this revolutionary lubricant was named “300V”.
The 300V Motorsport range of lubricants is specifically formulated for racing applications. The range is based around Motul’s unique ESTER Core® technology, which combines the best performing synthetic base oils including esters with bespoke dedicated chemical additives. Used exclusively in the 300V range, this technology guarantees maximum performance, over and beyond existing standards.
ESTER Core® technology guarantees more:
POWER – Reduced internal friction.
RELIABILITY – High temperature resistance and oil pressure stability.
PROTECTION – Optimised polarity for maximal adherence of the oil film.
LOW LUBRICANT CONSUMPTION – Exclusive formulation of low volatility synthetic base oils.
The result is unrivalled power increase, outstanding lubrication and optimal protection – the best conditions for ultimate victory.
The 300V range has been developed for leading Factory Racing Teams Worldwide, but is also available to buy in the UK from Witham Motorsport – the official UK distributor.
To order any Motul automotive lubricants click here or call Witham Motorsport on 01353 723373.
Posted on Wednesday March 20, 2019
All vehicles, whether old or new, need oil in their engines and on working parts to help keep them lubricated. The oils help prevent friction, causing wear and tear and rust, all of which can lead to expensive repairs and breakdowns.
There are many factors to be considered when choosing a lubricant for a classic vehicle and these often need assessing on a case by case basis to ensure optimum protection and performance as well as the correct balance of additives sympathetic to that individual vehicle.
For older engines, using incorrect oil can be disastrous as most modern engine oils are not compatible and could cause significant damage. Using a modern lubricant in a vintage vehicle could lead to break downs, scouring the engine where in extreme cases the resulting debris could potentially block oil ways, ultimately resulting in failure.
The Witham Group has been making classic products since 1921 (although they weren’t classic then!). As engine technology has developed over the past 100 years, Witham has produced tried and tested classic oils and brake fluids, carefully made to the correct formulations as originally recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.
We blend over five million litres of oil every year and produce a range of blended and straight oils suitable for use in vintage and classic engines, as well as gear oils, anti-freeze, grease and a range of paints and specialist coatings.
Trusted and preferred by many vintage vehicle societies, and individual discerning owners, including family estate owners, all the products in the Classic range carry the highest reputation and reliability, and are made using the highest quality raw materials – carefully made to the correct formulations and viscosities as originally recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.
A prominent Classic Owners Club approached Witham to find a solution to overcome a mechanical problem – oil loss in classic engines. The vehicle in question would have traditionally required a 20W-50 oil, but several owners were finding that they were losing pressure and suffering excessive oil consumption. Witham therefore successfully developed a bespoke 20W-60 viscosity oil that was more viscous at the top end to try and minimise these issues.
Witham’s range of Classic & Vintage products are available to buy online:
These products are available in vintage classic tins or modern plastic containers – with next day delivery available (on orders over £50).