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2020 BMW Race Season End of Season Report

Its funny, usually we have a race by race report detailing how we have done and how things have gone, but this year, for a lot of people has not been very usual so we have an end of season report instead. Rewind back to March this year I guess we should be happy with […]

Track Day Support with RMA Trackdays

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with RMA to support their customers on track for their Silverstone track events. RMA, the UK’s longest standing track day company holds multiple trackdays across the UK and Europe and are well known to us here at Thorney Motorsport, their MD, Leyton Clarke, won the Dunlop Sportmaxx […]

MSVR Supercup 2020

Well, this is an odd season already, with covid knocking everything flat and then the season starting with some weird rules in place its all been a bit of an eye opener. We started the year full of high hopes, Callum won his class last season so we spent the Winter upgrading his car to […]

Greystone GT Track Day Support – Goodwood

Our first trip to the famous Goodwood circuit in support of Mclaren (and other supercar owners) taking their cars on track. This is a service we provide for free to help ensure that everyone keeps their car well maintained for track work.   To help owners looking after themselves on track we have also done […]

Mclaren News and Opinion

Ok, had a lot of people ask for our take on the McLaren Auto job cuts so thought we would share. First off we know a lot of good people at McLaren, F1 and auto side and no doubt some of these will find themselves jobless in what is likely to be a very tough […]

Mclaren Track Support Greystone GT track day

Our 2020 track support program got going with our first visit to Brands Hatch GP circuit with Greystone GT. We’ve been supporting Mark and his great team at Greystone for three years now offering free track support to all owners but especially Mclaren owners with free pre and post track inspections as well as on […]

Mclaren Geometry Settings

We often get asked about our geometry set up from owners who are perhaps a little far away to take advantage of our service. To help those here are all the standard vehicle geometry settings for every Mclaren model. As new cars are released we will update the page. Of course just knowing the settings […]

AP Racing 6-Pot CP9040 Caliper And 2-Piece Disc Kit, Floating – Reyland

6-piston AP Racing CP9040 calipers, two-piece AP Racing discs and Reyland mounting brackets and bells. The kit is supplied with all required parts including discs, pads, bolts, brackets, braided brake hoses and unions. Disc surface options: Curved grooves, straight & J hook. Bell colour options: silver, gold, black. Caliper colour options: Red, Black. (red add £50) Disc […]

Mclaren Bodywork ‘corrosion’

Mclaren and ‘corrosion’ seem to go hand in hand sadly as its quite likely that nearly every model will need rectification work at some time which is disappointing, however its all covered under warranty so its inconvenience rather than cost but we thought we would explain what is the cause and what to look for […]

Mclaren GT4R

Mclaren power steering pump failure

We first came across some issues with the power steering pump 2 years ago, an owner commented on issues he was having with multiple canbus failure due to water ingress into the front compartment but as we never saw the car nor inspected the issue we put in in the ‘keep an eye our for […]

Callum Noble, Class B MSV Supercup Champion

Well, first full season in his E46 M3 and first class championship, cant say better than that. Last round was at Brands Hatch, a track Callum knows well, he had a 5 point lead going into the last race but taking into account dropped rounds was a net 8 points behind in second place so […]

Mclaren Owners Club Salon Prive Meet

Just a few shots of the recent Mclaren Owners club meet at Salon Prive. Great had by all, 36 cars in total so a great display. Strongly recommend owners join up as its great value at £50 and has a mass of meets, events and deals on offer as well as 10% discount on our […]

Greystone Track Day Goodwood

Another great Greystone track day, this time at Goodwood where we again provide full technical support for everyone attending. As well as the Mclarens (12c, 720, 570, 650s) we also looked after a couple of Aston Matins, AMG mercs and a lovely 911 GT3RS.  

Mclaren Owners Club Beaulieu Meet

Great time had again with the UK Mclaren owners club, 81 cars this time (second largest group of Mclarens together since our record breaking 100+ at Silverstone two years ago) and a great mix of new owners as well as long term owners still enjoying their cars. Thanks must go to Jeff and the team […]

Greystone GT Track Support

Another great day supporting the attendees of the last Greystone GT track day at a very very wet Donington Park. Weather was awful but it didnt stop most of the attendees from getting out on track to enjoy their cars.   To be hnest we werent overly busy so we decided to shoot some new […]

Mclaren Engine Low Oil Advice

The Mclaren range all uses the same base engine known as the M838T. The 3800cc twin turbo charged engine was originally developed for Indy car racing and after work from a variety of operations including Mclaren, Walkinshaw and Ricardo is now the staple engine for every Mclaren road model from P1 to 12c.   Over […]

MSV Track Day Championship Round 2 – Snetterton

Well if it aint broke dont fix it, with a class win in round one we decided to leave the M3 in the same class and run it this year in part as a learning year for Callum as he gets used to the extra power and weight. Well he’s learning, a near faultless drive […]

Mclaren Track Day Support

Delighted to carry on in our third year of support for Mark and his Greystone Track day operations and support all the Mclaren owners in keeping their cars track ready at Silverstone this month all for free. As usual we carried out the official Mclaren track day inspections for the cars and ensured all ran […]

The Mysterious Hole – update

Remember the oil tank issue we discovered on Mclaren cars? if not the initial story is HERE where we had a car with a hole in the oil catch tank and no real way of understanding how the hole happened? Well, now we know. By way of a recap, all Mclaren models have a dry sump oil […]

Mclaren Engine Advice

It has come to our attention that it is possible to cause engine damage to Mclaren cars if the car is run with low oil pressure or low oil level. Now this may sound a bit ‘well, really’ but due to the potential consequences resulting from such action we feel it necessary to make owners […]

MSV Track Day Championship Round 1

You never know what will happen with a new season and its fair to say that this one was a bit of a surprise. Pre-season went well, the car has been heavily updated with new brakes, aero, less weight, new exhaust but the one thing we didnt touch was the power, plan was to run […]

HydroFlow Engine Cleaning

Thorney Motorsport has been in the business of tuning cars for over 20 years and its fair to say we have seen our share of ‘snake oil’ products to emerge promising all kinds of performance gains. Oil additives, spurious petrol claims, engine flush treatments, pretty much all of them are there to expand the pocket […]

Thorney Motorsport FIA cage competing in 2019 Dakar Rally

We are delighted to be able to support Ignacio Casale in his entry to the 2019 Dakar in his Yamaha YXZ1000 by supplying one of our FIA approved and certificated race cages. Ignacio, a Redbull supported athlete chose our cage to ensure the stiffest chassis as well as being in compliant with the notoriously awkward […]

Badger Oak Sponsors Day

To reflect the enhanced support we have had from Badgers Oak this season we decided to host a fun day out for them at Bruntingthorpe Training Ground. Bruntingthorpe is basically an airfield where you can use areas simply for fun and also a short course track to both try out cars and do some testing. […]

The mysterious Hole

We love sorting engineering issues, its part of the fun of what we do so when we come up with something that just cant be explained we do love a challenge. Mclaren 12c (same applies to 650s) has a dry sump oil system with a catch tank that just happens to be buried right up […]

Mclaren Chassis Work

We’ve been an independent operation since we started nearly 18 years ago and whilst we were a Vauxhall franchised operation for a while we’ve always enjoyed the freedom that being independent gives you from the manufacturer and their rules and fees. The downside to this of course is the suggestion (always made by the manufacturer […]

Mclaren Owners Club meet at Cliveden

Small gathering of 20 odd Mclarens and members at the super swan Cliveden House hotel. Great fun and great bunch of people.            

Mclaren Owners Club Meet 2018

We are honoured to offer our continued support for the Mclaren Owners Club at their 2018 Annual meet at the Silverstone Classic. 56 cars and over 100 owners all arrived to the Silverstone Classic and were treated to a hog roast under the shade of a nice marquee courtesy of fellow member Alex Reade. Prior […]

Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2018

In 2017 we were the first racing UTV to be invited to attend the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed event where we joined the other off road race cars in the Britpart off road arena. We had a great time and clearly Goodwood thought so too so for 2018 we were invited to run a […]

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

For the first time ever at the Goodwood Festival of Speed guests will be able to come have a high speed passenger ride in a Yamaha YXZ1000R courtesy of the Swift Yamaha YXZ1000R Racing Team. Following the huge success at last years Goodwood Festival of Speed where John Thorne piloted one of the works Swift […]

2018 Race Season

Our 2018 racing plans are our most exciting yet and the first one we can announce is our latest E46 M3 (our 9th we have built) to be driven by our regular driver – Callum Noble. Callum has decided to jump into the deep end moving from two successful seasons in Production BMW right up […]

New team partner – Avant Techno

We are delighted to announce a new partner for the Swift Group Yamaha Racing YXZ1000 Race team – Avant Tecno UK We tend not to use the term ‘sponsor’ here at Thorney Motorsport, we prefer ‘partner’ as it more accurately reflects the nature of how we and Yamaha work. A team partner provides something to the team that we […]

SxS Championship Tyre Test

The majority of our racing in the Yamaha YXZ1000R since launch has been in rally type events on tyres that are heavily controlled by MSA (UK Motorsport Association), in short if they aren’t on their approved list – you cant use them. However for the 2017 season we are also running cars in the UK […]

Our Cars – BMW

BMW E92 M3 This is our full track specification car, fully road legal but dedicated for track work. We’ve build lots of E92 race cars, even more road car conversions so we really love the E92. Full specification includes: Performance BMW mag liked it GTS half cage Bucket seats 4 point harness’s Bilstein Clubsport suspension […]

Production BMW End of Season Report 2016

It only seems like yesterday, driving round a windy Bruntingthorpe, car to car explaining over taking and positioning to Callum as he listened intently, sponging all the information he could before his first race and now I’m congratulating him on a near top ten finish in one of the UK’s most competitive race series, his […]

Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship Rnd 1 – Pikes Peak, Wales.

The Britpart MSA British Cross Country Championship is one of four different race series we will be competing in this year, the events are Competition Safaris, that is a single stage, usually 8-10km long that you run multiple times over the course of two days. The stages vary from place to place but are usually […]

Yamaha YXZ1000R Factory Race Team

Media Information For Release January 13th 2016-01-07 Yamaha announce the UK’s first full factory backed UTV race team Working with recognised UTV racing operation, Thorney Motorsport, Yamaha have launched the UK’s first dedicated, factory backed UTV race team competing in selected UK and international races for 2016. Central to the racing plans are a pair of […]

BMW Competition Santa Pod

Santa Pod has held a BMW day for a few years but its fair to say that the event doesn’t really appear on a lot of owners radars, but we think this year it will be different, the event has been completely reinvented this year so its time to come along. There are two main […]

First Ferrari 430 Scud Dyno’d in UK

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Superchips Bluefin Announcement

Superchips Bluefin Announcement Thorney Motorsport develops its own maps for the Vauxhall range, some of these ECU upgrades are developed with Superchips Ltd. Where we have developed these upgrades with Superchips, where it is suitable, we sometimes use their Bluefin device as an install method as we have found it is robust and reliable. We […]

eBay Store

We have a lot of excess Vauxhall stock, all new parts, all GM supplied and all in original packaging. In addition we also have a variety of tuning parts and upgrades for VX220’s, Astra H VXR’s and other models all again and very cheap prices, have a look:

Open Day update 2

Most tuning company and race team open days have a few cars, dyno runs etc but we’ve gone all out for ours and we’re are putting on an aerobatic air display as well! Ben Lovering, a long time customer of ours (we got to know him when he had a VX220 turbo and he overtook […]

Open Day Update 1

In the final week run up to our open day we will be releasing a daily update as to things we have planned and to see on the 11th, however the first update (and we feel the most important) is why we are making such an all out effort for the day. As a company […]

Open Day August 11th 2013

We are very proud of our new premises so are having an open day on August 11th 2013. Located near Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire our new workshops have facilities we feel will be the envy of many in the industry, befitting of the £250,000 investment. Open from 10am to 5pm, the first dyno runs will […]

New Logo & Website – WHY?

Wow! New logo, whats that all about? Well Thorney Motorsport have been going for nearly 10 years now and during this time we’ve always had the thorns as our corporate logo so we figured it was time for a change. The thorns will always be part of our brand, hard not to have them really […]

Bluefin Resetting – Important Info

Here at Thorney Motorsport we receive many calls about customers purchasing second hand Bluefin units. There are numerous difficulties in purchasing second hand Bluefin units on eBay or via forums. Please be aware of the charges below when purchasing. These will apply to all Bluefins, regardless of age. Any Bluefin Reset is Chargeable at: £299.00 […]

Stage 2 & 3 Differences

Stage 2 Specification • Thorney Motorsport Race Exhaust System (Turbo Back 3″) • Thorney Motorsport Stage 2 Re-Map • 275 BHP • 320 ft/lbs Stage 3 Specification • Thorney Motorsport Large Front Mount Intercooler • Thorney Motorsport Race Exhaust System (Turbo Back 3″) • Thorney Motorsport Stage 3 Re-Map • 300 BHP • 350 ft/lbs […]

CSL Cup at Autosport 2010

On show were the Thorney Motorsport E92 M3 of John Thorne, and his 2009 E46 CSL Car. The series was well received, with many new enquiries for existing cars eligibility.  

Insignia VXR – Development

Sometimes it takes a drive on a familiar road to make you realise when a car is good or not, the knowledge of a certain road, camber, corner, roundabout, dual carriageway that you’ve driven countless times before in a variety of machinery that allows you to make direct comparisons that result in a conclusion and […]




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