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Ultrasonic Parts Cleaning

18-03-2020 CBR has come together with SafeSolvents to acquire one of the best ultrasonic cleaning machines. Cleaning is a process all…
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CBR invest in new Super Finishing Technology

18-03-2020 With the investment of a new large super-finishing machine using vibration technology to create mirror-like finishes on any engine component.…
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2018 saw a haul of trophies and race wins for many of our customers sporting Craig Beck Racing Engines! Many Congratulations go to..... John Davison - Lotus Elan Mark & Will Leverett - Lotus Elan & Europa Ian Everett - BMW 2002 Keith White - F3

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Latest Races / Events
CSCC Snetterton 6th April 2019
CSCC Silverstone 4th May 2019
CSCC Oulton Park 25th May 2019
Spa Francorchamps Summer Classic 28th June 2019

Pre Crossflow & Crossflow

The original Overhead valve Kent engine appeared in 1959 with a capacity of 996.95cc developing 39 bhp at 5000 rpm. With an 80.96 mm (3.1875 in) bore and 48.41 mm (1.906 in) stroke, this was a departure from the traditional under square English engine design.



The same engine with the same bore, but with a longer stroke this making larger capacity was subsequently used in the Ford Classic and Consul Capri (1340 cc and 1500 cc), the Mk1 and early Mk2 Cortina (1200 cc, 1300 cc and 1500 cc).

The engine is now referred to as the Pre-Crossflow Kent, with both the inlet and exhaust being on the same side of the head.

A redesign gave it a cross-flow type cylinder head, hence the Kent’s alternative name Ford Crossflow. It would go on to power the smaller-engined versions of the Ford Cortina and Ford Capri, the first and second editions of the European Escort. It also featured in the Fiesta Mk1 1.3, and the Mk1 XR2, using the US 1600 bottom end and GT spec head and cam.

The Crossflow featured a change in combustion chamber design, using a Heron type combustion chamber in the top of the piston rather than the head. The head itself was flat with each engine capacity (1100, 1300 and 1600) featuring different pistons with different sized bowls.

CBR currently have this engine running in the Classic Sports Car Club (CSCC) Swinging 60’s Series.

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