Our customer, Scott, decided to ceramic coat his exhaust manifolds as part of the complete restoration of his TVR Tuscan MK2 S. Scott’s Tuscan is truly unique. It was actually the TVR factory development car for the MK2 version of the Tuscan, where they worked closely with Bilstein for the suspension setup. It even appeared on the TVR British Motorshow stand at the NEC back in 2004. Scott vividly remembers attending the show with his parents and pointing out to them, “one day I’ll have that car.” Scott’s MK2 build, being a development car, was only finished to a required standard, with some of the luxuries of customer cars not fully completed or connected.
Scott has owned the Tuscan since 2014 and has driven it to shows, motorsport events, and various occasions. Scott says, “She has had a hard life with the factory, completing European tours and living abroad with previous owners, and it is really starting to show. So the decision was made to start a body-off restoration, as the Tuscan is a car I’d like to keep for as long as possible.” Scott is actually a returning customer who also had exhaust ceramic coating on his TVR 3000M, which has won numerous awards and even appeared on the Meguiar’s showcase stand.
Scott chose Zircotec’s Performance1Coating’s polymer ceramic coatings because he was aware of the nature of the Tuscan’s build. Heat soak into the cabin was a huge problem, with the gearstick scalding his hand during every gear change. The heat from the manifolds also tended to blister the paint on the connect directly above where they are situated. “As the car is relatively small with a large engine, the manifolds run close to the chassis rails, and the heat expedites corrosion to the tubular steel,” according to Scott. After seeing the effect of the exhaust ceramic coating applied to his 3000M, it became his top priority to do the same for the Tuscan, as it actually suffers from worse heat issues. Based on his experience with our ceramic coatings on the TVR 3000M, he learned that using our exhaust ceramic coatings can significantly decrease the car’s heat. It was a no-brainer for Scott to do the same for his Tuscan, to improve driver comfort, increase the longevity of the coated parts and neighbouring components, and also enhance performance.
Scott decided to go for our Volcanic Gold, one of the six colours from our Volcanic Range, which can offer surface temperature reductions of up to 15% and help lower temperatures under the bonnet. It can withstand temperatures as high as 980°C. In addition to thermal performance, our ceramic coatings can help prevent rust corrosion, maintaining upgraded aesthetics over time. Check out the pictures Scott sent after having the manifolds installed, which complement his fresh-looking engine about to go into the chassis.
Our ceramic coatings are a popular choice among motorbikes as well as cars, including both performance vehicles and classics. If you’re currently working on a classic like Scott, feel free to get in touch with us to find out more about our ceramic coating ranges and which one is best suited to your application!