June 2012 – 2005 MG ZR
Bought standard in 2003 as a replacement for a Rover 214Si. Never intended modifying it, but after talking to a friend who owned a car accessories firm, so began the long slow decine into the dark side of car modifying. Little of the original car remains and the original 1.4 engine was converted by PTP to a very quick 1.8.
I went on to add a full Janspeed sports exhaust, ITG Maxogen and Z and F tuning have remapped the ECU. There is all sorts of chrome and stainless steel detailing in the engine bay and even some custom made glass coolant pipes.
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The interior has been extensively retrimmed in black and yellow leather and all the dials and switch gear have been replaced with custom items. It now sports TV screens in the sun visors and the rear view mirror also doubles as another TV screen. The JVC head unit powers all this and also has a feed from a Sony Playstation that has been built into the glove box. Extra instruments (voltage, oil pressure and oil temperature) have been aded to an A pillar pod and the ECU output is monitored via a Scanguage on a blend mount under the rear view mirror.
Exterior wise I added a set of factory sideskirts but the brakes have been uprated to the larger ventilated discs from a 160 and the larger calipers from a Rover 620 turbo. Suspension has been lowered 30mm on Avos and the wheels are different front to rear and are Wolfrace Akita with added coloured accents. A vinyl wrap to the bonnet has added a different slant as well as some protection and the front lights have been legally tinted with FlyEyes. A Sports and Racing extra lip has been added to the rear spoiler and different LED rear lights have changed the rear. For the occasional track sessions front and rear tow straps/hooks have also been added.
As this is primarily a show/fun car, I have also a lot of coloured lighting effects including lasers all over the car. It now resembles a mobile disco and, although not to everyones taste, it is different (which was the whole point). It has won many competitions and has been featured in various magazines as well as being used by Russel Kane in one of his shows on Sky TV. It has its own dedicated web page at www.mgzr.org and I receive e-mails from all over the world.
Owner: Nick Holland
Make/model: MG ZR
Month/year of manufacture:June 2002
Colour: Trophy Yellow
Engine size/type: 1.8 K-Series PTP conversion
Top Speed: 140mph
Gearbox type: 5-speed standard
Date purchased: July 2008
Pet name of car: “Light Sabre”