BUILDERS: SIMON AND KURT PALMER FROM: UK
Planned spec: restored shell with carbon roof skin, ST170, throttle bodies, GAZ coil- overs
What’s the story: “I bought this XR2 because I thought it was immaculate!” says Simon, “but it’s the usual story! Loads of rot under however many layers of underseal, and loads of plates welded over rust. The original plan was to replace the panels and repair the patches properly so that it was pretty unknown to the eye that the welding had been done... However, somewhere along the line I got carried away to the point where near enough every part on the car has been painted in a bare coat and lacquered.”
“Along with my brother, Kurt who runs a paintshop called M12 Automotive, we’ve been on the go with it for about five years so far. We have fitted a custom cage, the roof has been cut off and a carbon one made by Raj at Autoflock fitted, it has a modified dash with carbon parts, tubular suspension all-round, a custom rear beam with camber adjustment, ST170 engine with 48 mm throttle bodies, DTA standalone management, a custom stainless four-branch manifold made by Emmet Flanagan, GAZ coil- overs, Wilwood four-pot brakes, and Group A magnesium OZ racing wheels which I’m currently restoring — loads and loads, basically!
The XR2’s shell was rotten, but Simon and Kurt have finally finished it ready for final paint.
BUILD 65% COMPLETE 2-litre ST170 engine should really make the XR2 sing.
Carbon panels being used — including the roof skin.