Well, here we go my first post, and, quite aptly, a first car.
Everyone remembers their first car, in most cases, it starts out as a completely standard base, and after a few choice mods, often of *ahem* questionable taste, you move on, either being forced to by bad luck, or simply through insurance and money allowing you to move onto bigger and better things. So, imagine my friend Matt’s pleasure to find he was being given a great base to continue to develop, in the form of this great looking Rover 25. Sure, it’s not going to set any land speed records, but that’s not what a first car’s about, instead, it’s all about looking as cool as possible, and showing off your great taste, plus, when insurance becomes more viable, it leaves the rather tempting route of a T-series turbo lump…
Anyway, the first thing that strikes you about this car, is the contrast between the Solar Red paint, and the white Rover BRM wheels, a timeless contrast that works well time and time again. A swap to MG ZR struts, teamed with 30mm lowering springs means the car sits ~55mm lower than your average 25, and at a height suitable for everyday use, as well as not being too much of a challenge for a relatively new driver. An MG ZR grill up front, teamed with lashings of colour coding, and custom badges on the front and rear give a clean look, without looking as though they stray from the OEM look.
Inside the car, things have been kept plush, and keep the tidy theme going, a set of Rover VI half leather seats, with red piping have been teamed with a retrimmed arm rest, and black and red mats. Sparco provide the loud pedal as well as the stop and pause pedals with some bling, which is then balanced out with some carbon effect dash inserts. Audio’s taken care of by a set of uprated door speakers and 6x9s, and a ScanGauge 2 helps to provide some idea of what the engine’s doing, after you’ve started it using the trick push-start button.
Under the engine bay, things have been kept nice and simple on the 1.1 16v lump (yes, you did read that right, a 1.1 16v!), a BMC CDA filter feeds the engine via a 52mm metal throttle body from an MG ZR160 (rather than the stock, plastic 48mm item), after the suck/squeeze/bang/blow has been taken care of, the gases flow through a Janspeed sport centre section, and into an MG ZR160 tail, before being let free, making a lovely noise as they do.
In all, this is a great first car, that i’m sure many would be proud of, and although the basics have been taken care of, there’s still plenty for Matt to continue with, if he so desires.