About The Car
When I first picked up my VXR I started how most other people do with them and bolted on a load of performance mods first up was and custom 3″ turbo back full decat exhaust to get that VXR sound everyone loves, then came the crossover delete, Pipercross cone filter and enlarged top hat and hard boost pipes. Once this was all done it was ready for a custom remap from sm tuning to give the vxr a healthy 280bhp.
So now I had the power I was happy with it was then time to start on the look of the car originally it was like any other VXR you may see, a little lower and black team dynamics. But I wanted to do something totally different. So I decided to buy myself a set of 18″ Porsche twists that was taken of a crash damaged Porsche carrera I decided on these because I hadn’t seen them done on a mk5 Astra before, there was the challenge of getting 10j wide wheels to fit on the rear and there a lovely looking wheel. Once I had the wheels, new coilovers and custom springs I had to decide what colour scheme to go for, now this is a tricky one because Arden blue is one of them colours that only really works with black, white or grey wheels and trim but I decided to be bold and a little stupid maybe after speaking to my mate Adam Chamberlain at Chamberlain Car Care we decided on a new colour he had, a bright pearl pink.
So the vxr was left in his very capable hands to give it a full front end respray so get rid of the common stone chips Vauxhalls get. Customise the front bumper making it completely smoothing deleting the number plate recess and headlight washer caps all grills sprayed gloss black. Porsche twists sprayed pearl pink along with fog lamp surrounds and wing mirror covers. Once the body work was all in mint condition again it was then down to me to get them twists fitted and get the fitment right which proved a little difficult when having to try and fit 10 inch wide wheels on the back but with the help of a set of H&R hub adapters, custom rear springs and a few washers for camber adjustment the twists where on and the Astra was one of a kind which was my main goal from the start.
- Customs 3″ turbo back exhaust
- Double decat
- Crossover delete
- Pipercross cone filter
- Enlarged top hat
- Stainless steel boost pipes
- Custom remap by sm tuning
- Jom fully adjustable coilovers
- Custom made 5″ rear springs
- H&R hub adapters
- 18×7.5j and 18x10j Porsche twists
- Custom smooth front bumper
- Honeycomb grills sprayed gloss black.