The student led Staffordshire University Racing team finished in second place at Formula Student 2023 at Silverstone. The team asked local engineering business KMT to produce a bespoke welding jig to allow the assembly of a custom racing exhaust for the project using its laser cutting machine. Jayson Prince, a member of the race team and project engineer at Klarius, the UK’s largest manufacturer of aftermarket exhausts, expands: “I designed a custom exhaust system to fit the high-revving 675cc bike engine fitted to our race car. A key process in assembling the exhaust is producing a jig so that the manifold and pipes can be welded together as a complete system. I had already designed a jig but required a laser cutter and press brake to produce it. Thankfully, KMT was happy to help.”
Staffordshire University sought collaboration with leocal exhaust manufacturer, Klarius Products, to provide a bespoke system for its Formula Student team’s latest racing car. The custom system has supported the development direction of a new car, ensuring that the team will be ready to hit the track at Silverstone on 22nd July 2023, hoping to regain their 2021 champions title.
The Klarius Products range now features 45 new parts, including a catalytic converter (CAT) for the Toyota Verso-S, adding to the product range of more than 11,000 references, offered with next morning UK delivery. Klarius’ most recent products include complete exhaust systems for the Renault Kangoo 1.5 from 2008 onwards, the VW Tiguan 1.4 TSI from 2010 to 2015, and the Peugeot Boxer, Citroën Jumper, and Citroën Relay 2.0 from 2015 onwards.
Klarius has won the NAA Logistics Excellence Award presented by DHL Supply, in recognition of its market-leading nationwide next morning delivery service. The aftermarket exhaust manufacturer was commended for its overall performance, logistical innovation and capacity to deliver excellence.
The UK’s largest aftermarket manufacturer of exhausts has announced the opening of a dedicated distribution centre in France. The new Klarius Products site near Lille will enable next-day deliveries to stockists and distributors in the majority of France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as well as 48 to 72-hour deliveries to other parts of the EU.
Gone are the days of stable pricing for UK manufacturing as the cost of energy and raw materials continues to fluctuate wildly, with the underlying trend being relentlessly upwards. Like most manufacturers, the Klarius Group of Companies (including Klarius, Emissco and KMT) has absorbed increased price pressures wherever possible, offering customers a degree of product price stability. Tackling monthly and even fortnightly supplier price changes, usually with only a few days’ notice, is no mean feat. Now as energy and raw material prices are set to reach record levels, the burden will be felt throughout the supply chain.
Klarius reports that it has been using its “extensive UK stock of exhaust systems, components and accessories to limit price rises to the aftermarket” up till now. However, the continuing rises in global energy costs are now being compounded by direct sanctions on trade with Russia, which is also pushing up raw materials costs for manufacturing industry.
Klarius has added 19 new aftermarket exhausts to its market-leading range, including replacement diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for the 2011-2015 Volkswagen Crafter van. All the latest parts, as well as the rest of the range, are available with next morning delivery to UK stockists and distributors.
Staffordshire based aftermarket exhausts supplier Klarius claims it is “pulling away” from competition in its market-leading position. The company says it offers “the widest range of aftermarket exhausts in the UK and the largest stockholding in Europe” and can “support the needs of almost any vehicle.” It supports this stockholding with next morning UK delivery to distributors and stockists. “Klarius has the best UK car parc coverage of any aftermarket exhaust manufacturer,” says James Ellison, sales director at Klarius.
Adding to its growing range of aftermarket exhaust systems, Klarius has released new parts for the latest models of the Mini Cooper 1.5. The additions include replacement catalytic converters. Every Klarius product is available with next morning delivery to stockists and distributors in the UK, a two-year warranty and a Fit First Time guarantee.
A further 33 products have entered the Klarius emissions control range, including catalytic converters (CATs) and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for multiple models of the Ford Focus. All components in the Klarius range are available with a Fit First Time guarantee, a two-year warranty and next morning delivery to stockists and distributors.
Klarius has announced that new exhausts are now available to fit the Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.3 crossover, Toyota Auris 1.4 and 2.0 hatchback as well as the Toyota Verso TR MPV. There are also replacements to fit the Vauxhall Zafira 1.4 from 2012 onwards and the Kia Venga 1.4 and 1.6 from 2010 onwards. Furthermore, diesel particulate filters (DPFs) are now in range for Alfa Romeo Mito and Citroen Nemo 1.2.
Cheadle-based Klarius Products is offering aspiring young professionals the chance to build a career in engineering, with the business hiring four new apprentices. The largest UK manufacturer of aftermarket exhausts, Klarius is looking for applicants to join its Administration, Maintenance, Technical and Quality departments.
A wide selection of new exhausts, catalytic converters (CATs) and diesel particulate filters (DPFs) have been added to the Klarius Products range. Aimed squarely at popular vehicle applications such as the Ford Kuga 2.0, every new part is available to distributors on next morning delivery. A comprehensive 2-year warranty and a Fit First Time guarantee is also standard.
Recent data released by the DVLA and Department for Transport (DfT) has illustrated that the UK car parc is older than it has ever been. Older cars are undoubtedly popular, and as a result aftermarket support will be required for these vehicles long into the future.