Features of the VRT 25 Battery Mounting Bracket
Unlike some other battery brackets on the market, the Varley Red Top bracket incorporates 10mm closed cell polyethylene foam padding to protect the battery from both excessive shock and vibration emanating from the engine, gearbox and track/road surface.
Slotted fixing points allow for easier fitting in tight and awkward places, permitting the simple loosening of some fastenings when removing or replacing the battery and/or mounting bracket.
Designed to be fitted in restricted spaces with fixing holes/slots – to suit M6 fastenings – to the sides and base.
For over 50 years, the name “Varley” has been associated with high performance batteries, manufactured for use in extreme situations. The brand name became popular in the 1950’s when supplied to the Royal Air Force for use in their fighter aircraft. “Varley” batteries first went supersonic in 1956 on a Fairey Delta 2. This was also the first aircraft to break 1000mph, flown by Lt Cdr Peter Twiss at 1132mph in straight & level flight on March 10th 1956.
Historically, “Varley” batteries were constructed using “Fuller’s earth” to absorb the electrolyte, making the batteries effectively dry. This increased the product’s safety, vibration resistance and also allowed the battery to be used in any orientation. All of these are important requirements for aircraft applications, and just like many other technologies (such as carbon fibre), the aviation industry led the way for motorsport.
An advertisement can be seen in an issue of Sailplane & Gliding from Oct/Nov 1978 – click here
Throughout the 1970’s, “Varley” batteries were used on many racing cars, including Formula One. A sponsorship scheme was also created with one of the biggest racing series, the Monoposto Racing Championship www.monoposto.co.uk.
In 1985, the “Varley” brand was acquired by DMS technologies, who used new technology and techniques to improve the battery’s safety, performance and popularity worldwide. The name was changed to “Varley Red Top” to reflect the new red colour of the outer casing and AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) technology replaced “Fuller’s Earth” saving weight and removing the need for maintenance with distilled water. The manufacturing process and materials used were also improved to increase the power to weight ratio of the battery.
Here’s an article from Motorsport Magazine’s archive from 2001 with some interesting references – Click Here to link to the archive.
The “Varley Red Top” brand continues to grow worldwide with increased distribution networks, closer association with OEM’s and trackside support by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff.