Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Petit mais Puissant (Small but Mighty)

Words & Snaps By Sam

Small, fun, comparatively quick and cheap... Introducing the Citroen Saxo, a car that is both loved and loathed in equal measure.

Unfortunately this combination of positive attributes has inevitably resulted in the Saxo becoming a stereotypical favourite for 17 year old boy racers all over the UK, giving it a somewhat negative image in the eyes of many.

Fortunately Adam couldn’t care less about the impression his baby leaves; having owned her since 2009 he knows that she’s just far too fun to get caught up in car culture politics and is proving that the Saxo can be just as much a grown up beast as anything!

Adam bought and began modifying his Citroen Saxo VTR 5 years ago and although she’s not quite the top-spec VTS, the agile VTR still provides an excellent base on which to begin a project.

Adam gave the original 1.6 litre 8-valve powerplant an injection of power, taking the stock 98bhp up to 130bhp by way of a ported and polished throttle body, CI Tuning competition camshaft, Supersprint exhaust manifold and centre pipe, Kam Racing rear muffler and a BMC carbon induction kit.

The little beast’s handling was also upgraded, the interior was stripped to save weight and Spax fully adjustable coilovers and an OMP rollcage were fitted.

Peugeot 306 GTi-6 brake callipers, along with drilled and grooved discs were also fitted to help reduce stopping distances.

Not a bad start to a project but since then Adam has decided that the original VTR engine isn’t going to be able to produce as much power as he desires without some very serious work, which would probably mean a car that’s not suitable for road use.

As a result, Adam has taken his pride and joy off the road for a complete rebuild, which will not only allow for a new, more powerful engine to be fitted, but also for Adam to be able to tailor her to his desires.

POWAA Garage will be following Adam’s build from start to finish, so make sure to keep checking back for the latest updates here!

Adam is still aiming for a complete track-spec monster, so the interior will remain stripped out while carbon fibre door cards, an OMP style steering wheel, a half dash and polycarbonate side windows have been fitted to save weight.

An Omex launch control unit with an adjustable rev limiter should also help get the power to the ground from those launches, which is very important given that the car now weighs no more than the lightest of feathers!

An impressive looking custom roll cage now resides in the car’s interior, and definitely looks fit for a track!

The Raceland exhaust manifold has been sheathed in heat wrap, keeping the heat in the headers for a higher exhaust speed, while minimising radiant heat in the engine bay.

So far so good, but we mentioned that Adam’s got a new engine in mind for his girl, so what’s he chosen?

A Citroen JP4 engine from the C2 VTS has been selected for the job, and although its stock 125bhp may not sound like a lot to many, bear in mind that it’s 27bhp more than the stock Saxo VTR engine, and when fitted to the heavier C2 it will take it to 100km/h (62mph) in just 8 seconds.

So with a few tasty modifications, Adam should be able to turn the Saxo’s new heart into something that’s more than adequate!

That’s it for now, but make sure to stay tuned as we find out what else Adam has in store for his French pocket rocket!

Specs Before Rebuild

Saxo VTR
1.6 8v
Drive Layout
Max Output
130bhp / 152nm

Power Mods
CI Tuning competition camshafts
Ported and polished throttle body
BMC carbon air intake
Supersprint manifold
Supersprint mid pipe
Kam Racing rear muffler
Comp Brake quickshift kit
Adjustable gear linkages

Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 wheels
Toyo Proxes T1-R
Peugeot 306 GTi-6 calipers
Drilled and grooved discs
Ferodo pads
Spax fully adjustable coilovers (front)
Rear beam adjusted to suit
Polybushed wishbones and front ARB
OMP rollcage
Upper and lower strut braces
Powerflex gearbox mount
Baker BM engine mount

Smoothed bonnet with camo finish
Cut-outs in bumper to aid cooling
Wiper and lock removed from tailgate
Carbon fibre fog light blanks
Morette twin headlights with cold air feed
Smoked rear lights
Streamline carbon fibre wing mirror covers 

Cobra Monaco seats
OMP 4 Point harnesses
Steering Wheel
OMP style wheel 
Isotta boss 
Snap-Off boss
Gear Knob
Quaife gear knob
Carbon fuel pump cover
Flocked dash parts
Carbon  door cards and rear quarter panels
Painted Gunmetal grey
Skateboard tape in footwells
TRS helmet net
Sony headunit with JL component speakers 


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