If someone close to you has a car thatís looking a little second-hand, the T-Cut Haynes Manual Kit from Tetrosyl could be the perfect gift. T-Cut has a long history of products for restoring and renovating motor vehicles, and to celebrate, have teamed up with Haynes Manuals to bring you this unique kit. It includes 500ml of T-Cut Original, a Haynes Explains T-Cut Manual, a microfibre polishing cloth and a T-Cut Air Freshener. Set aside a Sunday afternoon with a brew and learn while you work, using the manual to discover the history of car paintwork and top tips from the professionals. Once finished, step back and revel in your handiwork, with a T-Cut Air Freshener reminding you that youíve breathed new life into your motor.
Do you know someone that wants to learn how to detail their car? Gtechniq, the leading ceramic coating formulators, are offering a one-day training course for £185 ñ a great gift this Christmas. Gtechniqís Total Surface Care Course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn professional methods for taking care of their car, using the best performing detailing products available. Itís a hands-on, fast-paced course that is suitable for everyone. Not only will you learn how to clean your car correctly, but how to apply Gtechniqís ceramic coatings. Held at Gtechniqís Centre of Excellence, just off junction 16 of the M1 near Northampton, the price of the course even includes a goody bag worth £50.
If youíre a Star Wars fan who binge watches every film, you could be ready to enjoy your obsession in the car too. Making it hover might be a challenge, but you can feel closer to Chewbacca with these seat belt covers, designed to make you look like him. Easily secured with velcro, theyëll fit around any three-point belt. Theyíre available from Halfords and could make a great, fun stocking filler for just £8.
The hype around getting hold of Tesla models is legendary, but forget pre-orders, what if the fan in question is nowhere near old enough to drive? You could always get them behind the wheel of a ride-on Model S from Radio Flyer. Itís the only kidís car with a lithium-ion battery, and like the real Tesla, you can upgrade it from a 130Wh to 190Wh battery pack if you want 50 per cent ìmore playtimeî. A selection of colours are available for the bodywork and you can even choose a customised eight-character number plate for £20. Parents can flick a switch in the boot to halve its 5mph top speed for added safety.
If you want to get better at detailing your car, a subscription to Pro Detailer magazine should be at the top of your Christmas wish list. Every issue is packed with guides, showcases and product reviews you won’t find elsewhere. Not only that, but it’s written by expert car care professionals who know exactly what they’re talking about, and want to pass their knowledge onto other passionate car care enthusiasts of all skill levels. The eighth issue has just been released in time for Christmas, and there are also some back issues available to buy via www.pro-detailer.com at £4.95 each including UK postage and packaging.
The AlcoDigital Platinum is the first breathalyser in the world to combine the accuracy and reliability of a Police-style fuel-cell with an interchangeable cartridge that is easily exchanged by the user themselves. No posting back to the lab, you can simply swap it yourself. The complex nature of the fuel-cell has meant it has taken several years to miniaturise and perfect it, but with this device, AlcoDigital has succeeded. The single cartridge contains all the elements necessary for accurate testing to as little as 0.005% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) ñ far beyond the performance of semi-conductor models, which up to now have been the only alternative replaceable-sensor technology available. The AlcoDigital Platinum breathalyser is highly accurate, has an integrated sliding mouthpiece, is compact in design and features a hard case as standard. When the Diesel Car & Eco Car review team tested it, we rated it as ìvery good, reliably accurate and updatable to maintain efficiencyî. Normally priced at £169.95, AlcoDigital are kindly offering Diesel Car & Eco Car readers a discount of £40 when using discount code ëdieselxmas2í via the website at www.breathalyzer.co.uk/platinum.
If it’s a really special gift youíre looking for this Christmas, this collaboration between iconic brands Aston Martin and Tag Heuer could be it. Steeped in motorsport history, the brands announced their partnership at the Geneva Motor Show, and this timepiece is inspired by the geometric shapes of Aston Martin sports cars. Not only that, but its face takes inspiration from the colours, shapes and materials used in its exotic vehicles, and the newly launched Vantage in particular. It has a 45mm solid steel case, with a ceramic black bezel, and the Aston Martin engraving and feature lines are said to ìevoke speedî. A hexagonal perforation means the watch movement is visible below.
Dash cams are one of the yearís best-selling car accessories, and the Nextbase 612GW has the accolade of being the worldís first 4K model. Sitting at the top of the brandís range, it also boasts a seven-element polarised glass lens with a 150-degree viewing angle and a Sony image sensor. It looks smart thanks to a brushed aluminium case and has a handy magnetic mount. Thereís a three-inch touchscreen and features that include a motion activated function while parked.