||Saxo Development Story
I started saving from jobs I did when I was 14. I bought the car
when I turned 17 and learned to drive in it. When I bought it, it
was the most standard Saxo 1.1 with 3 stud wheels, no additional
extras, no head unit, no central locking, no electric windows etc.
It was just your basic run around hatchback.
I took driving lessons in it while I was at college and started
reading the car magazines. After seeing all the modified cars I
started working as many jobs as I could in my spare time to get the
money to pay for the modifications I wanted.
I didn’t really know much about modding and I
didn’t know anything about Saxo’s. I joined the Saxo Sports Club to
get advice and I ended up buying a small sound system set up from
Halfords and some 15” wheels then all the basic mods that a normal
lad does. As my car was 3 stud the 15” wheels were pretty much the
only choice I had.
I slowly started learning about Saxo’s and modifying, however I was
still relying on other people to do the work for me. My first body
kit was done by a body shop in Nottingham called Alan Perry. Their
work was good and I was well happy with my car for over a year. Then
I realized it still just wasn’t crazy enough to be a feature car.
I slowly started to work on the interior and the sound system. I
built it up bit by bit. From the little install I used to run I then
added a TV, Playstation2, Lanzar and Atomic amps and subs and plenty
of Infinity Kappa components. However I wanted to get more involved
in the whole bodywork scene. I wanted to know how it was done and
learn to do my own work.
After an accident where some one hit my car, somebody recommended a
chip up company called “Chip Master” www.chip-master.co.uk. A
relatively small business when we first met but Scott who owned it
did an amazing repair job and the price was fantastic.
Since I wanted to get more into the scene, I asked if I could spend
my spare time helping out with work and learning what goes on with
the body kits and see if I could help provide a better service for
the Saxo Sports Club which I was now an official of.
Over 2 years of learning how to smooth, blend, and fit body kits
“chip master” opened its sister company “Triple XXXtreme” who I work
closely with. Triple XXXtreme started moulding body kits for Saxo’s
so naturally I put mine forward as one of their main demo cars.
I had some 17” rims made for the 3 stud fitment then realized my car
also needed more power, after running about in a 1.1 on 17’s for so
long I decided it was time for a change. A trip down to Pug
Performance and 48 hours later I left with a VTR engine under the
bonnet and a few little tweaks from a green enclosed filter and
Over this time the interior went through many many changes. From the
original 1.1 yellow-trimmed interior, I then changed it all to a VTR
interior. After having the VTR interior in for some time, I then
changed the front seats to rally seats for a bit of a sporty look.
Realizing these didn’t actually match I took out the back seats and
tried to go for a stripped out sporty look and rearranged my sound
system accordingly. The entire back of the car was then placed with
a complete metal chequer plate floor.
Loving smooth sprayed interiors, I then started working on all the
panels, smoothing and spraying them all Silver to get rid of the
boring Black plastics.
The car was stripped down and we started to build some new kits for
the Saxo. By this point they had just finished creating the new
Triple XXXtreme wide arches and rear bumper for the Saxo. So my car
is the 2nd in the country to run these. Then we realized it wouldn’t
be that hard to actually turn a Saxo Mk1 front end into a Mk2 front
end with the new lights and bonnet.
After creating a brand new bonnet and being the 1st Saxo in the
country to run it with the new wide arches I realized it needed a
little something special for the front and rear bumpers.
The front bumper was originally made by RJ Automotive for a Nova and
bought from “Body Torque UK” in Nottingham. The bumper measurements
were way out and needed some serious chopping and extending work to
make it fit, but the final result I was more than happy with, a
really aggressive front end.
With this new wide arch look and its massive Jap style spoiler I
realized it needed a really special paint job to stand out. At this
point from the standard Poseidon Blue we changed the colour of the
car to Blue/Green Crystal flake from the Rage paint range. This was
just finished and ready for Max Power Live 2003 where I show cased
the kit and the colour.
I then thought the exhausts needed a change. The original was a Peco
twin upswept with the first kit. I then changed it to a centre exit
Magnex pipe and I added 2 *5” Rage exhausts for a really aggressive
Wanting to add a bit more fun to the interior I decided to add a
load of dials, 7 to be exact. I made some custom A pillars, which
are completely smoothed into the original panels and I changed the
centre console to run a switchboard to turn everything on and off,
which also holds 2 dials.
After an accident on the motorway (not my fault) just 14 days after
having all this work done and the crazy paint the car was nearly a
write off and we had to trailer it back to Triple XXXtreme.
This therefore screamed for a change. So off came the spoiler for a
more subtle look and on went some 18” rims and a new TVR Blue/Green
pearl flip. This was then show cased at Max Power London 2003.
However since the car was originally a 1.1 with 3
stud wheels a full VTS running gear conversion with VTS brakes had
to be completed to fit 18” wheels so another trip to Pug
Performance. I also wanted the brakes and discs to look amazing so I
decided to add some crazy Rotor Discs that look great when on the
So after the VTS running gear was on, the VTR engine was in, my 18”
wheels were on and a crazy new kit I then turned to finishing the
interior. For this we took a trip to L4leather. I collected her on
the 2nd week of January 2004 when she was with the full leather
floor, leather roof, leather seats, custom leather boot build and
panels. It’s one serious interior.
I then turned to making some custom panels for some new ICE. I
stripped my car of all its sound system and took a journey to Car
Electronics. Thinking about the word “Quality” due to the new
exterior and interior, it had to be Genesis and filled the car full
of the best Genesis gear I could.
Overall it took 3 years of slowly changing and
modifying until she came to a head. The car only cost £6000, which
wasn’t bad for my first car, however 3 full time jobs later and with
my University education I have managed to spend over £27,000 on
modifications. Looking back this could have been cut down to about
£20,000 if mistakes and some changes hadn’t been made. But that is
all part of the learning curve. So with an amazing sound system
finished, engine transplant, full on exterior, and crazy interior,
my Saxo was finished and ready for a feature.
Future Phase 6
The only modifications that I would like to do now are a VTS engine
with throttle bodies prepped at Pug Performance ready for Max Power
Live 2004, Gull wing doors and a set of chrome wheels for the show
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