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    My Track Car! (Rover 25)... Loadsa Pics

    So having been on a few trackdays now, me and my brother have decided to buy a car and turn it into a dedicated track car.

    At this point I should probably explain that my brother has a thing for Rovers, and has owned 4 over the years. His first car was a 1.4 Rover 25 which was suprisingly nippy (quick video of it sounding tasty here) - which was replaced with a limited edition track-spec Rover 200 BRM, which was then changed for a Rover 25 TDI as he got a new job and was driving 40,000 miles a year. The derv started out with 100bhp and now is running around 170bhp with gaz gold coilovers, Upgraded gearbox with Torsen Limited Slip Diff and Steel-caged bearings, ZS180 brake conversion etc etc
    Its safe to say he knows his way around them like the back of his hand.

    Having driven his Rover 200 BRM for a few months, I was amazed by the performance of an old rover. The handling was in a different league compared to the astra, and the K-series vvc engine as used by Lotus and Caterham gave a very entertaining ride.

    Having got that out the way.. Thats the reason for us deciding to get a MG ZR / Rover 200/25 and turn one into a track-slag.

    The plans for the car as follows:
    MG ZR bodykit
    Lightweighting
    Bucket seats
    Rollcage
    GAZ Gold Coilovers, adjustable top mounts
    Anti Roll Bars, polybushes etc
    620ti Brake conversion modified to fit ZR160 discs
    MG ZR 160 vvc engine, intake and exhaust mods to around 170bhp (the plan in the long run is to run a set of Jenvy ITB's and an Emerald ECU, but we will not see much change from £2,000)
    Uprated gearbox with closer rations, Type B Torsen Limited Slip diff, steel caged bearings



    Anyway, on with the pics and interesting bits!

    We managed to pick this 2000 Rover 25 1.4 16v up for a costly sum of £150 with apparent Head-Gasket Failure.






    The track preperation began!





    New wheels


    This will almost certainly be required at some point in the future!


    Needs proper suspension



    More soundproofing removal


    Fitting MG ZR-160 suspension (temporary measure)


    MG ZR rear end fitted:


    New 282mm vented brakes (next to standard, 262mm solid ones)


    Dashboard Lightweighted:


    MG ZR sideskits and front splitter have arrived




    Bucket Seats fitted:





    An experiment with a standard 1.4 ZR, vs out stripped out track car:




    Noticable difference in a few hundered yards!













    After a quick assesment, the car did not have HGF, and it was just an air-lock in the heater matrix which was causing overheating. We stuck an open cone in it and sent it round Oulton Park for its first track-day with all 105bhp!





    and a (very) short driveby video on the straight:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7y3TP25ATQ

    and a few sneaky pics of my brothers diesel getting some track-time




    Overall we are very happy with the performance of the trackcar around Oulton Park.
    The car was so light and nimble through the bends, even though it seriosuly lacked speed on the straights, it was catching much faster and expensive cars through the twisties.

    Jobs for this weekend..
    Fit the Gaz Gold Coilovers, set dampening and rebound, and adjust height.
    Fit sideskirts, paint front splitter

    Also need to look at getting a bigger radiator, and increasing airflow to keep the engine cool. Aerodynamic mods etc.

    160bhp vvc K-series is the next main expense now suspension is out the way. Expect some moderate power in the next few months.
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    Looks tidy that

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    Great stuff matey. This sort of stuff inspires me to build a track weapon (even if it is Rover )

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    i had a green rover 200 1.4 16v and thought it was the bees knees

    sounded amazing with a filter on it
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    Good on you mate, fair play!
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    nice cars and parts are easy to get like diff's ect ect
    the 200vi was a nippy car back in the car my co worker had a Coupe turbo tomcat I liked that car

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    Great thread mate, very interesting read. Will keep an eye on this one!
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    how solid is the 160bhp engine then ?
    Ibiza FR CR TDI with 203 BHP

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    can you use honda parts in them cars like on the 600 my friends mum had a Black
    600ti with oz exclusive wheels in 17 back in the 1990's looked like T5 wheels

    back to the 25's I have never looked at the tdi ones what engine to they run a Bmw unit ??like the 75?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    how solid is the 160bhp engine then ?
    It's as solid as any other K-series engine. i.e. keep an aye on the levels, don't thrash it until it's warm and it will last for many thousands of miles. They have been known to get a bit clattery after a while (due to the vvc mechs wearing down) but keep the oil topped up, and rev it to 7200rpm every once in a while to get the oil circulated and it should be fine. If you're more conservative with your engine then the mechanisms can be overhauled and serviced. The vvc engines are highly complicated - but extremely advanced units considering the era in which they where designed and built. Just a shame they weren't developed any further.

    Quote Originally Posted by dannysport18 View Post
    can you use honda parts in them cars like on the 600 my friends mum had a Black
    600ti with oz exclusive wheels in 17 back in the 1990's looked like T5 wheels

    back to the 25's I have never looked at the tdi ones what engine to they run a Bmw unit ??like the 75?
    Honda parts are common with the older T-series 400/600 and other wedge-shaped rovers, but not so much with the 99-onwards 25, 45, 75s and relevant MGs etc.

    The diesel engine in the 75/ZT is the BMW common-rail engine unique to that range. The 200/25/ZR/400/45/ZS and streetwise diesels are all old-fashioned 8v units which have prooved to be practically bullet proof and highly tuneable.

    I intend to get my hands dirty this weekend working on the track car, so watch this space!!
    Astra G, 1.8 Sport

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