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2017 Welton Soapbox Derby – Results

2017 Top 20 Results – Overall Winners!

We secured the 1st and 2nd quickest time of the day. The only kart under the 40 second barrier.

ProFormance Juniors secured 3rd in the 11-15year old category and 25th from 47 entries overall.



Photos by Jerome Davies

2017 Welton Soapbox Derby – Saturday 15th July

2017 will see Team ProFormance enter two karts into the Welton Soapbox Derby.

The 4th annual event will be held Saturday 15th July in the Village of Welton, Daventry, Northamptonshire,  NN11 2JP


Racing starts at 12pm


47 kart entries will battle it out to see who can descend the High street in the quickest time and more importantly can make it one piece along the 600mtr course.



– Fastest Run Time in each age group category : 1st, 2nd & 3rd place(s).
– Best Creativity across all categories.
– Winners Podium Ceremony at 17:00 on Race Day.



All vehicles must be no more than 2.0m wide, 5.0m long, and 2.5m Tall. Chassis must be atleast 10cm off the ground. Vehicles (excl driver) must not weigh more than 80kg.


Best viewing point :

The hairpin – just after the steepest point of the hill where karts will enter at well over 30MPH. Guaranteed thrills and spills

Our Karts :

Team Proformance

Driver : Ben Winrow

Chassis : Tubular chassis, double wishbone suspension, adjustable rose jointed geometry. Wheels and tyres : Hydrualic disc brakes, Schwalbe Kojak tyres mounted to custom wheels.

Paint & Body : Polypropylene Body, Single vinyl wrap finish supplied by Amber Screen and Print



ProFormance Juniors

Driver: Antwone Hunt, Co driver : Kyron Earle

Chassis : BMX  / spaceframe chassis, Rigid body,

Wheels and Tyres : BMX hardland wheels and tyres, Cable braking,

Paint & body : Polypropylene Body, Paint and vinyl finish, Bluetooth Audio Installation


Click here for the Official Facebook Page


4130 Tube

We have now expanded our stock range of 4130 Chrome Moly tube to cater for the Drag racing industry and other race series where the 4130 tube grade is specified.

The high quality 4130 tube has been manufactured in the USA and lengths are currently stocked at 18-24ft long.

We can offer a next day delivery service to all UK addresses


For more information on 4130 and the standard size range, please click below

4130 Steel


Please contact us with your requirements for quotation



Change of address – ProFormance Metals have moved.

ProFormance Metals have relocated the UK warehouse facilities to a new address. We hope the move will enable us to maintain a high level of customer service, speed of deliveries and increase our stock range of specialist metals and plastics supplied worldwide.

Previous address : 14 Alvis Way, NN11 8PG


Our new address is as follows :


ProFormance Metals
High March Close
High March Industrial Estate
NN11 4EZ

Our Phone and email address will remain the same :

+44 (0) 1327 311660




Vintage Aircraft Restoration

ProFormance Metals keep a wide range of materials that can be used in Vintage Aircraft Restoration. Our stocks of 4130 and BS4 T45 allow for restoration or production of many various aircraft and in many cases using the original sizes and period correct profiles.



Due to the nature of the average small quantity requirement, we are able to offer a re profiling service to produce streamline, oval, rectangle and square section on 1 length MOQ’s.




We ensure that our material is produced from approved sources and manufactured to the full specification to ensure the highest quality in material and full traceability for airworthiness.


Please contact us to find out more in how we can advise, source and supply for your projects.




Ford GT Crashes at SPA WEC 6hour

ProFormance are pleased to have worked alongside engineers and designers in the construction of the new model of ford GT race cars.

Our material knowledge of materials, their properties and applications were proven when an incident  during the World Endurance Championship 6 hour event at Spa Francorchamp resulted in a high speed impact at the famous Eau Rouge.


“Everything is okay,” said Mücke after his hospital trip. “I feel okay and it is good to know we have a strong car. Thank you to the team for building me a safe car.”


For further information on Roll cages and the materials used please Click here



Tube profiles : Size range expansion

We are pleased to have expanded our tooling range for the cold rolling production of round tube to various shaped tube profiles.


Streamline oval Tube

High tensile steels, Aluminium, Titanium’s that are usually found as round tubes only can now be re profiled into a large variety of sections such as:

  • Streamline / Aerofoil
  • Oval / Ellipse
  • Rectangle (radius corners)
  • Square (radius corners)


With a minimum order quantity of 1 length/ piece for tube profiling, it allows a cost effective supply for prototyping, small production, restoration & repairs.


For further information and size lists please click here


Welton Soapbox Derby

Welton Soapbox Derby 2015 – Video’s now live

2015 saw the debut of Team ProFormance in the Welton Soapbox derby.

We strapped a Go-pro to our soapbox gravity racer to record the footage and get a feel to what it was like for our driver.

The footage provided great feedback on the positive and negatives of our chassis design and how it handled and should help us improve for next year.

First run


Second run


ProFormance metals Gravity racer

Brisca F2 stock car Sponsorship

We have been working closely with local driver Jez Watts in the design and build of his Brisca F2 stock car.

A modern BriSCA F2 is a purpose-built race car with front engine, rear-wheel drive, and open-wheeled with the driver located centrally.

Cars make use of an aerofoil mounted on top of the roof and are normally powered by a 2 litre 8 valve Ford engine.


Jez has had access to our ROP510, T45 and other grades of tubing that are commonly used in chassis and roll over protection construction which has enabled him to build a strong chassis and can control the weight distribution throughout the vehicle.

F2 Stock Car



We look forward to following his progress and designs are already in progress for further weight saving and chassis improvement over the winter build season.




For information on how we help in the Brisca F2 Stock Car championship please contact us

BS4 T45 Oval Tube

This weeks Re rolling was for a customer who’s suspension componants required an oval tube from BS4 T45 steel round tube using 1.500″ diameter with a 2.0mm wall.

With BS4T45 to BS5T100 in accordance with BS6S100 condition tube containing the following properties:

Tensile: 700 – 900MPa,
0.2% Yield 620MPa minimum
Hardness Test: 201min – 262 max HB or 210min – 275max HV.


Oval seamless tube from BS4 T45



The finished article will not only improve aesthetics of the vehicle, but the quality of our materials will ensure that it can withstand the high end of motorsport application it has been designed for.

The major advantages of the re rolling process are:

  •  Producing small batch quantities / prototyping before we can produce as cold drawn profiles.


  •  Improving strength of existing profile by using high strength materials usually limited to round only.


  •  Reducing weight from existing parts by using materials with higher Tensile and Yield strengths.


  •  Experimenting with material grades and pushing engineering boundaries.


  •  Customising your size and design from the various options available on the tooling list.


  • Quick 5-7 day turnaround time to turn round tube to oval ,flat side oval and streamline.
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