Craig Mills - Zafira vxr
First mod was wind deflectors, which somehow opened up the doors to lots more, meaning I now have a 308hp and 363lb ft!
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Hi there, I'm 42 and from Cornwall many thanks for this opportunity to show off my pride and joy.
Have been into cars for as long as I can remember. Started with my dad and some of the tales he used to tell about his time as a youngster in the 60's in London. His passion for cars rubbed off on me, and although late to get a license (23) soon set about getting a car.
The first car was a P reg Vectra, 1.8LS. Now, by no means was this a tarmac shredder but I did change the stereo and a few other bits, but as a first car that was alright. The second car was my dad's 2.0SRi Vectra as I bought that off my mum as my dad passed away in 2003. That had a few more modifications, namely lowered, new wheels and a sound installation.
That eventually made way for a 2.5V6 Vectra SuperTouring. Keen to keep this one close to OE, a few choice upgrades to the exhaust and intake and an LSD install meant I had a decent car that went alright. My family life took over (4 kids) and I had a succession of boring cars, not worth mentioning!
I eventually got some money together and I bought my Zafira VXR., upon buying the car, she was as original as it could be. Factory standard. First mod was wind deflectors, which somehow opened up the doors to lots more, meaning I now have a 308hp and 363lb-ft!
Getting there involved,
- New stem seals,
- New turbo,
- 3" custom exhaust,
- Airtec FMIC,
- Open cone filter,
- Courtenay sports top hat,
- Enlarged pipework,
- Forge recirc valve,
- Full piano black dash,
- Custom made gauge pod holding pro sport stepper oil pressure, boost and coolant temp,
- Touch screen media
- Brembo 4 pot brakes
- Bola B1, Custom-fit - 8.5j fronts with 235/40/18 ET37 9.5j rear with 265/35/18 ET43
- Whiteline adjustable RARB
- Full lower splitter extension kit
- Debadged grille
- Slowly de-chroming the car as well
- EDS remap
- Rebuilt gearbox with Quaife LSD
The engine bay hasn't been messed with too much, just a few shiny bits. Am using a gearbox breather kit and an oil breather catch can.
Cars are pretty much where I want it now, just a few minor things then I'll be happy with it, there isn't another like this so I really don't think I could part with her as she's still ticking all the boxes I need her too! Early on into my ownership, I realised there were no owners clubs, so I thought why not a start one up! So, the group Zafira VXR Owners Club has been going about 6 years now, very active and very much family-focused.
I have been a part of the local car scene for a number of years, don't get out to local meets that often, but go as often as I can. I try to attend the bigger national meets, but not just Vauxhall ones, I like a bit of variety!
During the lockdown, I got a little bored so bought my wheels and brakes, the wife treated me to a personal plate so that has had a drastic change to the appearance of the car. The wider tyres on the back certainly help with grip, combined with the Quaife Diff! As I mentioned earlier, I have 4 kids. My eldest is almost 20 and she has a mildly modified golf so hopefully, the car bug is wearing off on her!
If I were to pick a dream car it would be a tough choice but would be between a Ferrari Testarossa or an F40. Supercars of my generation growing up!
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