Dan Hall - Astra H VXR
The deal was done and I was a proud owner of an Astra VXR - a car that had caught my attention when I was just a kid and didn't even have a license.
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I'm 26 years old and a retail manager.
I have owned my Astra H VXR for almost 3 years. I bought the car completely standard - there wasn't even a sticker on it! Everything was original and was just the platform I was looking to start with. I didn't want to modify something that someone had already messed about with. On the test drive, the car was everything I wanted. I wanted to purchase it so headed to the bank to get my savings out.
The deal was done and I was a proud owner of an Astra VXR - a car that had caught my attention when I was just a kid and didn't even have a license. I had test driven many VXR's during my time in the market for one along with a lot of other hot hatches but I just couldn't commit as they just weren't right for me. I knew when I saw the one I currently own it was coming home.
I enjoyed the car for just a few months until I started hunting for more power. I wanted to break the 300bhp mark and have a quick car - I needed more boost!! I took to the forums and chatted with many other Vauxhall owners and found a home in the Vauxhall car scene.
This led me to create my own group called ARDEN ARMY specific for the Arden coloured VXR/GSI this quickly became extremely active and I believe has some of the best, friendly members and advice along with many other traits. We attend shows around the country and always have a great turn out.
I own the club but it would be nothing without its members and enthusiastic admin team. I also spend a lot of time on Z20let Lovers as their knowledge and presence in the Z20 world is fantastic - you can always find a helpful member there ready to answer your tricky questions.
I managed to break the 300bhp mark on my recent map day with Sean at SM Tuning - he worked his magic on my car and it made 303bhp that 3bhp made a lot of difference to my mind set as I finally achieved my goal since modifying the VXR.
The reason I chose this car is because I have never driven a car like it. It makes you feel alive. There's never a dull moment in the driving seat of an Astra VXR - it seems to always keep me on my toes and clinging onto the steering wheel. I think Vauxhall lost their minds when they did their full VXR range back in 2006 -they just strapped turbo charged engines to everything and put it through the production line. That was the best and only time to buy a Vauxhall in my opinion.
Heading to a car show gives me goosebumps - just the atmosphere does something for me, you know, the noise is incredible and I love it.
My future plans for the car include forging the engine and a bigger turbo...it's a dangerous game hunting power and I often ask myself can you ever have enough?
The current spec list of my car is:
- standard z20leh engine.
- 3 inch double decat into a 2.5 custom cat back
- Airtec crossover hard pipe with airtec 80mm cone filter
- 3 inch enlarged top hat
- EDS inlet manifold with imperial performance thermal gasket
- Forge turbo recirculation valve
- Turbosmart IWG75 actuator with 10psi spring
- stage 2 nevlock front mount intercooler
- AEM 340lph fuel pump
- standard Recaro VXR seats
- custom suede steering wheel
- Turbosmart boost gauge
- X60 ECU gauge
- Bola B1 alloys in matt bronze
- KBC front splitter
- Maxton design rear spoiler extension
- DNA rear led lights
- tinted headlights with light brows
Please include a shoutout to SM tuning, A&E motorsport, Nevlock performance. I have met many incredible people along the way who have helped with supplying parts and providing a great service. Another shout out to my wife, of course, for letting me spend the hard earned money
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