So, as hard as building a car is, applying to get it on the road is so much more so. The paperwork feels like a bit of a lottery, and you find yourself guessing at a lot of it! Still, the DVSA are at the forefront of the 21st century and you can upload the docs, which VOSAmeans I get to post this picture!

I decided to try to take the approach of being a likable idiot, and pestered them with emails along the lines of  “erm, hi, it’s me again. I know this is what was said at the last step, but could you advise me if there’s anything I should be doing, and how long it might take to get to the next stage…?”

All of which led to a flurry of emails the other day:

“Your application for IVA1C Basic Category A, S, C, W has successfully been

“Your application for IVA1C Basic Category A, S, C, W has been released for

“Your recent application has now been processed by DVSA Testing and Support Services (TaSS). If you have notified us of a preferred appointment time and date you will receive an appointment letter via email once the DVSA Testing Station has allocated your appointment…..”

Next step, get an “appointment”….

Plus Four Engineering Sponsorship Opportunities

The Series – Caterham Academy

1c982126c9e760110cff1d38bb263670-mediumJust before Christmas in 2014, I paid a visit to the Caterham showroom in Crawley, Sussex, to discuss my hopes of pushing Plus Four Engineering Ltd into competitive motorsport.

7f42e9e123cebeae0eeb7ef359be6039-mediumAlmost a year to the day later, and we have a built Caterham, ready to be put on the road, and a place in the 2016 Caterham Academy.  Caterham run a number of series, of which the Academy is just the first. With selected coverage on Motors TV, the Academy Series consists of 2 sprints and 5 race weekends and is only open to new race licence holders. With tightly regulated vehicles, and no drivers with previous competitive experience, the series is as level a playing field as possible.


The Driver – Nick Grahame

Nick in his 4.0 V8 MX5

I’m about as seasoned on track as can be for a new race licence holder, experienced withNick in his track prepped Nissan 200SX track / race spec’ed cars as both a driver and mechanic. Coming from a family of race andadmin-ajax championship winners (David Grahame – Lotus Seven, Chris Grahame – Porsche 924 Autosport mar 1998Renault 5 Turbo, Porsche 924), and being familiar with driving most of the major circuits in the UK I am well placed to be2015-12-27 20.23.17competitive. With an extensive test, tuition and practice schedule throughout the season I am confident in my chances of success for 2016.

The Opportunity – Sponsorship

Plus Four Engineering are now offering sponsorship opportunities for interested parties. Aside from the more obvious “stickers on car for cash”, we’re more interested in working creatively with partners to devise solutions which are still beneficial for both parties.

There are opportunities for those who are looking to simply get up close to motoracing. For others it might be a branding opportunity. Plus4E are working with competitors in other classes and disciplines to create a wider brand on which to “piggy back”.01175_Blatters Final Brand Identity Artwork-red-blackPlus Four Engineering have secured an agreement with (set up by the founder of Pistonheads) to promote their presence in the Caterham Academy, and to use their platform as a mechanism to publicise Plus4E’s involvement in the 2016 season. This opens up a secondary vehicle to those looking to use our racing as a channel to their customers.

Plus Four Engineering, aside from looking for assistance to fund the 2016 entry, are similarly looking for branding opportunities. Does your business have a platform from which to publicise Plus4E’s activities both on and off circuit?

What can Plus Four Engineering racing offer?

  • Branding on the car – one race or the whole season
  • Branding in the car – cameras are now mandatory, and Plus4E will be broadcasting in-car footage across all its channels
  • Branding on clothing – race suits, t-shirts
  • Time in the car – as a passenger or even driving!
  • Promotion of your brand through other sponsors
  • Promotion of your business through Plus4E channels
  • Display at events
  • Public speaking
  • Tickets to events

If any of these opportunities (or you can think of others that are not covered here), then please contact us using the form below.

1UZ / 3UZ Thermostat housings

Our thermostat housings are in development, and we expect to have completed items available by Christmas. wp-1449733426012.jpeg

One of the issues with a Lexus V8 conversion is that the outlet from the thermostat points in a specific direction – less than ideal if the hose on your radiator is on the other side!

wp-1449733543943.jpegInstead of complicated routing of hoses and couplers, use one of our thermostat housings, which presents a forward facing large bore swaged aluminium pipe, and use a silicone reducer elbow of your choice to route it in the direction that suits your installation best.

Check back for updates as these develop!

1UZ / 3UZ Oil Filter Adapter Relocation kits

Excited to be able to announce that we are very close to launching our oil filter adapter kits for Lexus V8s. Made from 5083 marine grade aluminium, these are designed by Plus Four Engineering and manufactured in the UK.wp-1449738010538.jpeg

You’ll get your choice of parts – just a plate? No problem. Need a filter relocation point? We have that covered. Hoses? Yes, we can include these.


As ever – looking to be flexible to your needs, and keeping engine conversions as simple as possible on a budget.