2016 Mk 7.5 Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost - Brandon Maclennan
It’s like modifying cars running through the family’s veins. I knew we had to go big as I’m usually quite an expressive person once you know me. I’ve seen a lot of STs and I have a personal friend who owns an ST180 that is a gorgeous black one.
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2016 Mk 7.5 Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost
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I’m Brandon Maclennan from Blackpool but most of my family has called me Bo since I was a child so the name stuck. This is now why I have the plate V30 BO to reflect that. I’m 18 and this is my Chrome Wrapped Fiesta. I’m looking to be eventually either a mechanic or specialist or continue into Motorsport. My hobbies have always been cars as everyone can imagine and I play video games on the side, speed running them.
The person who originally got me interested was my father, who as I imagine most car enthusiasts had a father who was big into cars. He has been doing up and modifying cars since he was 16 and before. So it was only natural that I was to pick up the interest too. I’ve been into cars now for about 12 years, always helping with the cars and modifications. As I’m sure most of us know holding the torch for a long time but never shine it in the correct place. So my father is definitely the person who got me into cars, he has had a very wide range of cars so it’s been an incredible childhood for me experiencing all sorts of builds.
He still owns a wide variety but his showpiece would be the fully built Aston Martin Vantage. The sound out of that car is like no other, and unbelievable loud. Then obviously when I saw the fast & furious franchise like I’m sure we all did when we were kids. The build from the first movies was incredible, it would leave me super excited about watching the movies just to see the incredible cars like Brian’s Supra or Dom’s Charger, police chases and racing and all. I remember thinking, I’m going to own that and I’m going to do this to it. Things that I imagine most other enthusiasts' childhood was like too.
I chose this car because obviously since I’m only 18 and insurance is so high, I can’t just have an RX-7 straight away and most people start with a fiesta so we thought it’s a good place to start. My father actually found the car and the previous owner had done it up a bit but had crashed it and poorly repaired it.
We decided we would choose that car and strip it and rebuild the car properly. I could already imagine when we were taking it all the customization I was going to do. I’d done my research however and knew these cars were prone to blowing if not treated correctly and since they had been in a crash they would need to be checked properly. We took it anyway and started the project.
In my family, no one has an unmodified car, Even the grandparents. It’s like modifying cars running through the family’s veins. I knew we had to go big as I’m usually quite an expressive person once you know me. I’ve seen a lot of STs and I have a personal friend who owns an ST180 that is a gorgeous black one. I decided I didn’t want to blend in however so I came up with an entire list of ideas to do to the car. Then we just slowly started ticking the boxes on the list and it still continues to this day 2 years later.
Owning this car is incredible. It’s mainly just such an incredible feeling that you’ve built the car really. I go outside every day to the car and it just puts the biggest grin on my face. It is the best feeling, as I’m sure most enthusiasts that have built or own a very special car are to them. It’s a feeling which is very hard to describe but it is a feeling of pride. I’d say I do cars for the feeling after all the hard work on a build and when it comes together and it’s whole it’s amazing just to know that is your car. However the builds never end and mine still continue. It is also very funny for me because a lot of people when they first see the car assume and think it is an ST which I mean it does look like an ST especially since I have fitted the entire ST Recaro interior.
The obvious unique feature is the Super Chrome Turquoise wrap by Hexis, but there is so much that is unique about the car. The sound it makes, shouldn’t be allowed to come out of a 1.0. The stance that it has with the camber is just perfect for the car. The sound system in the back is not bad either. The most unique features for me are the Deltastyling S-RR front bumper and grille and also the spoiler and riser.
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They make the car just look so unique. The car is also debadged as well to make the car look cleaner and the whole interior has been stripped and the ST Recaro seats were installed with heated seats. Which was an extremely hard job in which we had to get a professional to do it and he struggled like mad too. However, the biggest and most unique feature is definitely the mascot of the car and the entire engine bay, Scooby-Doo. In which the car is now called the ScoobyBoost. Making the car unbelievable unique as the entire design of the engine bay is entirely bespoke by Dip Monkey Garage.
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- Mountune Stock 140 Map 150bhp
- MST performance induction kit
- AirTec Turbo hard pipe
- Turbosmart Dual port BOV
- Dark Ice short shifter
- Paintmodz dress-up bay
- Fully bespoke hydro-dipped Scooby-Doo Dress up Kit
- Green Accent Kit
- Full Custom Twin big bore exhaust
- Full Super Chrome Turquoise wrap by Hexis
- Deltastyling Front S-RR Bumper
- Deltastyling S-RR grille
- Deltastyling S-RR Splitter
- Deltastyling Sideskirts
- Deltastyling Rear Spats
- Deltastyling Riser
- Deltastyling S-RR Spoiler
- KMS Diffuser
- Glow kit
- Dynamic Indicators
- Sun Strip
- Privacy tint
- Deltastyling Stickers
- Maxton Eyebrows
- Heko Wind deflectors
- Acid Green Pinstripes
- Full ST Recaro interior (including wiring up the heated seats)
- Flat bottom Steering wheel
- Endangered Gear Stick
- Emerald Struts
- Fitted Cruise Control Boost Gauge
- Japan Racing JR10 alloys
Suspension & Brakes:
- Full JOM coil-over kit - Dropped 45mm
- Fluorescent Green brake callipers
New Mods incoming:
- Airtec Pro hose Kawasaki Green Secondary induction pipe
- Airtec Pro hose Kawasaki Green Coolant, Ancillary and Boost
- Acid Green tint
All the modifications have been done in the garage with help from my father. I have done all the mods to the car myself. This means the initial stripping of the car when I first bought it and repairing all the damage that the previous owner hadn’t fixed. The rad pack had to be replaced as the crash bar was bent entirely inwards. After all the repairs, I started adding the modifications. The first modification I did was the wheels which were the JR10s.
Then beginning with the interior installing the ST Recaro seats, the new flat-bottom steering wheel and also the sun-woofer. The only struggle was the engine when stripping it, we had to use a garage as I don’t own an engine crane. Work which was not done by me was my engine bay covers, which show the bespoke Scooby-Doo set-up. This was done beautifully by DipMonkeyGarage in Southport. They hydro-dipped the bespoke film and included green flakes to make the parts sparkle in the light.
The next work for me to do is to get the Airtec Pro hoses in Kawasaki green to match the aesthetics and install all the pipes, which shouldn’t take a massive amount of time hopefully. Then to get an acid green chameleon tint to make the car stand out even more. I was even thinking of maybe going for the X-26-220 Billet 6 Blade Hybrid Turbocharger upgrade by PumaSpeed.
Absolutely do not redline the car, the 1.0 engines are prone to blowing. The previous owner had clearly redlined mine and it ended up blowing. My replaced engine has lasted over 10k now and been absolutely perfect, and I’m positive it is due to the much better care I have given the car. There is 3 version of the EcoBoost. The 100, 125 and 140. I have the 140 which is the most powerful stock. However, I wouldn’t try and increase or map the car to increase horsepower as it could lead to blowing the engine. A mod I encourage is the Dark Ice short shifter which made shifter a lot easier for daily and more sporty occasions.
The car scene has managed to bring me a sense of community, I know that at every show I go to I can find inspiration from everyone’s build and appreciation for everyone’s builds. You can also find a lot of good friendly car enthusiasts to enjoy conversations with. I was lucky and managed to find an amazing group at the DipMonkeyGarage. A garage with an amazing group of people who love to work on cars and really care about builds. They have their own group the UkHotCars groups in which they bring people together to show off their builds. They really do care for everyone’s builds and that’s why I’m so happy I managed to meet them.
I would absolutely love an RX-7, the car is just a masterpiece in terms of appearance and the Rotary engine with the twin-turbo. It’s the perfect combination to make heavenly noises on earth.
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