Kristos. - Peugeot RCZ 1.6 GT THP200
That’s the great thing about the whole car scene, from modified BRZ’s to fiesta’s there’s something there for everyone.
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Peugeot RCZ 1.6 GT THP200
I work in Retail Banking for one of the biggest financial companies in the Uk.
I absolutely love the whole modified car scene, I love the whole aspect of taking something standard that everyone has and adding my own individual touches to the car. For me it's a lifestyle, I literally live and breathe modified cars. My Mrs is testament to that, sometimes she feels like I have two wives, her and Roxy(my car). I’m very fortunate to have an understanding partner, she puts up with a lot! From late nights installing new mods and not spending much time with her, having to put up with me being grumpy when I’ve scuffed a rim or something is not working on the car lol, I’m truly blessed.
I absolutely love going to as many car shows as I can with my club that I run “Modified RCZ Owners Club” It’s a great opportunity to catch up with the guys and girls, have a chat and the occasional bit of banter and see what everyone else is doing to their ride. My favourite show so far has to be “Modified Nationals”. The level of cars there is absolutely amazing, it’s great to see what everyone else is doing to their ride and getting inspiration for future modifications.
That’s the great thing about the whole car scene, from modified BRZ’s to fiesta’s there’s something there for everyone. You get to see everyone’s unique taste on things and think about how you can adapt or use the modifications to use on your own car.
I wasn’t always a petrol head though, in fact as a youngster I used to hate having to go in the family car and most journeys would result in me throwing up all over the back seat, For this reason, I got into motorbikes as a teenager but this was to all change fairly soon. Of course, I’d see the occasional supercar on tv and think it looked nice but that was as far as it went, I didn’t feel the passion or appreciation for a build. For me, it was just a nice looking car.
This all changed in 2001, I know it’s very cliche but my whole outlook on cars changed when I first watched the fast and the furious. Until that point, I had never seen a modified car(or really noticed one) and I was hooked. The first film and the two after really gave me an insight into the whole modified car scene and I was in love!! I’ve never looked back since.
I started to buy the modified car magazines weekly “Fast Car” and “Max Power”. It was the highlight of my week seeing the latest builds and all the cool mods. Shortly after I bought my first car at the age of 25. It was a Peugeot 206cc(yes I know it’s a girly car but convertible bro lol)I had done a few modifications to it but nothing on the level of modifications I have done on my current car.
It had a few interior modifications like your standard mods, CD player, speakers and of course the obligatory under-car LEDs. After starting a family the car had to go and I didn’t drive anything for another 9 years. I still followed the car scene with a view to get another car and make it truly special. That day finally came five years ago when I bought my Peugeot RCZ 1.6 GT THP200. I had liked the car for a long time, you hardly see any on the road and that’s what I liked about it. Something that not everyone has and especially if it’s modified it’s truly going to be a one-off special.
A year before I bought my car I had done loads of research on the forums and knew exactly what I was going to do to the car and where to get it from.
So here goes my full spec list of what I’ve done to my car, a project car is never finished. There are always things to do.
- Polished Chrome Engine cover
- Forge Polished Hard Pipe(Modified from a 208 to fit)
- Polished Turbo Heat Shield
- Forge Motorsport Silicone Intake Hoses
- Forge Blow Off Valve(because everyone loves a bit of the vrooooom Tshhhhhhh noise)
- Forge Intercooler Hoses
- Colour coded Fuse cover and Air deflector
- Custom Painted Fuse Box Cover
- Pipercross Performance Air Filter
- Powerflow Full Exhaust System(Cat-Back)
- Professionally Debadged Front and Rear Emblems(smoothed and flush front recess)
- Smoked Indicator lights
- Satin Black Roof Arches
- French Tuning Eyebrows
- Custom painted headlights with LED Demon Eyes
- Maxton Design Front Splitter
- Maxton Design Side Splitters
- Maxton Design Corner Splitters
- Colour Coded Rear Fog Light Cover
- Black Brake Callipers
- Grooved And Drilled big brake Mtec Brake Discs
- EBC Ceramic Brake Pads
- Oxigin Concave 19” Alloy Wheels (custom diamond cut and powder coat finish by Inspraytion in Kent)
- 235/35/19 Pirelli PZero Tires
- Adjustable suspension with BC Racing Coilovers.
- Accuair Air Ride Suspension system.
- Custom Boot Build by “Only Charged dubs “ in Doncaster
- LED DRLS, LED Brake And Registration Bulbs, LED Reverse Lights
- Tinted Windows 35% All-Around
- Tinted Reverse Light + Fog Lights
- Tinted rear lights
- Custom Made Front And Rear Carpet Mats
- Polished Foot Pedals
- RCZ 'R' Gear Shifter
- "RCZ" Door Sills
- Gloss Black Gearstick Surround
- Gloss Black Interior Door Surrounds
- Gloss Black Central Display Surround
- Gloss Black Door Switches
- Gloss Black Centre Console Switches
- All Interior Lights Upgraded To LED’S
- Undercar LED kit
- Double Din Pioneer Stereo And DVD Player
- Pioneer 6x9 280w Speakers
- Pioneer Component Speakers 280W
- Pioneer tweeters
You can see the whole build on my Instagram @modified_rcz.
I’ve done a lot of the work myself and love learning, yeah it may take me three times as long to do than the pros but at the end of the day, I’m saving money for future mods by doing as much as I can myself. Plus it's loads of fun and a great way to learn about your car.
I’m also a big fan of the whole detailing scene too, the two go hand in hand.
If I’m not modifying I’m spending hours keeping the paintwork looking immaculate.
After owning my car for 5 years it’s time to start a new challenge. Yeah, she’s not complete and like I said the project car is never finished but it’s time to start fresh and get one of my dream cars.
Veilside 350 Z anyone? Watch this space
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