Haven't updated this in a while, but I guess I haven't had much call to!
My car now has its PPP exhaust fitted. And very nice it is too!
If you're wondering, the branded boost hose will be rotated back around to hide the writing and I'm aware that the red silicone hose at the top is looking out of place, and that the cold air feed needs to be replaced too. Time!
I've had new exhaust hangers made up to replace the Polo ones, and it's been shifted around to get as much clearance as possible. I don't catch the centre box getting into the garage any more, haha!
Subtle tailpipe at the back:
I've not had a chance to drive it in anger since it came back, so I can't vouch for power gains yet but the fit and quality is amazing. Highly recommended!
The rest of the driveway is due for a change. Ampera goes back to Vauxhall in March, and the Z4 is now up for sale for an off-season price as we've just bought a Kia Sportage as a family carrier. Anyone interested in a Beemer for the summer?
Updates are thin on the ground this month. I've had a silly month with deadlines and the Frankfurt Motor Show, so the Polo hasn't changed much. Flew through its MOT (as it should've done) at the start of the month and has done a few local miles since but not much.
I have modified my garage, though:
It's a charging point for an electric car, just in time for this to arrive:
My new long-termer, a Vauxhall Ampera. It's electric for 40-50 miles, then it has a petrol engine which works primarily as a generator to keep the battery topped up. It replaced the Civic I've had for six months, and this one goes back in March.
I like it. The white makes it quite a head-turner, and it's surprisingly quick. Comfortable and very stable at high speeds, too, though it's about 1,700kg (!) due to the battery, which means it's prone to squealing its tyres and feels a little heavy if it's driven with much gusto.
They're a fairly unlikely pairing, mind:
That said, so is my car's semi-permanent stablemate. Caroline's Z4. I'd hazard a guess most would assume that it's mine, and that it's the quicker of the two...
It's not going to be around for long, though. We're having a baby next March, so the Z4 is making way for something with five doors and room for a child seat. Not sure what yet, though. Exciting times!
I've renewed and cleaned quite a bit under the bonnet, but the bolts on the slam panel will be replaced when I get it painted. Most of it is fairly clean but the rocker cover could do with being painted again, and I'll probably whip the boost return off to paint that silver or black while I'm at it. I'm trying not to turn it into a show car, I like it when it looks used (hence leaving the tailpipe to discolour) but the bay is the most interesting bit and it's letting the side down at the moment.