Grasshopper Green paint, Alfa Romeo split rims and a stunning air suspension setup help make Ally Boyd’s Corsa one of the UK’s coolest.
Kitted out with air ride suspension and cool Alfa alloys.
There’s no doubting that the Corsa D is a popular car, so much so that it’s attracted its fair share of negative comments from other sections of the car scene. Perhaps Vauxhall’s attempt to make the car seem more special than it truly is via the use of limited edition badging has backfired somewhat, though it’s certainly not done the sales figures any harm! It’s interesting to note how short our collective memories can be though, and wind the clock back twenty or so years and the exact same thing could be said about the now coveted Nova; they were literally everywhere and the vast majority of modified examples were nothing special, certainly no more highly tuned than most 1.2 Corsa Ds, plus they certainly had their fair share of ‘special’ edition models!
The very fact there are so many of these cars around though is good – they’re cheap (ish) to buy and insure and can be modified right out of the box, all factors that draw people into the Vauxhall scene. This Corsa D is a prime example. No, it isn’t a VXR and it certainly won’t be bothering LET Novas and B204-shod Astras anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had a huge amount of time and effort invested in its build.
“I needed a practical car and I’ve always liked the look of the Corsa D,” says the car’s owner, Ally Boyd. “I went in intending to buy a metallic grey car but I spotted this Grasshopper Green SRi and pretty much had to have it!”
We’re not exactly surprised to hear
this as Vauxhall have always had a knack for turning out a nicely coloured car (Jamaica Yellow SRs and Silk Violet GSis, anyone?), and it’s a shade that certainly helps Ally’s car stand out from the herd of other Corsa Ds. It was a brand new car though, so obviously Ally was somewhat hesitant when it came to the modification side of things, especially as it looked so good in factory-fettle. Eventually he took the plunge and fitted a set of Team Dynamics alloys, a simple change that pretty much opened the floodgates and set car and owner down the path of extensive modification. A whole host of bodywork tweaks soon found their way onto the Corsa, with the most obvious being that modified front bumper.
“I wanted to make the front end look different so decided to alter the look of the bumper. It’s now had the ‘blisters’ removed from either side and been fitted with mesh, so it’s a lot more aggressive looking than the
“I spotted this Grasshopper Green SRi and pretty much had to have it!”
A Triple R splitter and Opel badging complete the transformation, while a VXR bumper and custom diffuser ensure the rear is just as aggro-looking as the front. Other tweaks are more common within the Corsa scene, such as the Team Heko wind deflectors, VXR mirrors, a stubby aerial and a deleted rear wiper, but they all add to the overall look of the car. All nice, subtle and effective changes we’re sure you’ll agree, but by now Ally very much had the bit between his teeth as far as this modification lark was concerned and moved onto more drastic alterations;
“I wanted the car to be that much lower and for it to stand out from the others,” Ally explains. “I’d already fitted a set of coilovers and the Team Dynamics wheels but it didn’t look special enough, hence the decision to go down the air ride route.”
Air suspension is increasingly popular among Corsa D owners, making the kits relatively easy to buy and simple to install, with Ally’s eventually being fitted by Audiwise in East Kilbride. Peek under the front arches (when it’s raised up, naturally) and you’ll now clock Firestone bags and custom Gaz struts, while repeating the trick at the rear will reveal more Firestone hardware, plus an Airlift V2 management system nestled inside the car. The rear bench has been dumped in order to better display the elegant 2.5 gallon tanks and pair of Viair compressors, so what Ally’s lost in terms of practicality he’s made up for in scene credibility!
The ability to ‘lay frame’ at the flick of a switch is only one part of the equation though, and it’s those wheels that really lift Ally’s car far and above the majority of similarly tweaked Ds.
“They’re custom Alfa Romeo SZ three-piece splits from Image, so not exactly common,” chuckles Ally. “I saw someone selling them, checked they were the correct PCD, then bought them there and then!”
Their offset turned out to be OK – not perfect and a touch too low, but at least there was no chance of them fouling the perfect green paint. A pair of front spacers soon sorted the problem, and, once painted in that gorgeous copper metallic colour, the newly bought rims were bolted to the hubs – game, set and
“I wanted the car to be that much lower and
for it to stand out from the others”
match. The combination of wide, Alfa split rims in copper, metallic green paint and massively lowered suspension is one that doesn’t exactly sound like a winner on paper, but there’s certainly no arguing with the results – this Corsa looks sensational.
Want more? Well the interior hasn’t exactly escaped Ally’s attention either, and he’s resisted the temptation to simply source and fit a pair of Corsa VXR seats. Instead you’ll find plush Bride Cugas bolted to custom runners, green Takata harnesses and a green SMD conversion, both of which link the interior to the exterior paintwork rather nicely.
We’re well aware that some of you are not fans of the Corsa D, especially if it happens to be powered by something other than a Z16LER lump. We don’t expect Ally’s car to completely change your opinion then, but it’s well worth taking the time to appreciate what he’s achieved with a very modest budget and some simple, nicely chosen modifications. At the very least you should take the time to admire those stunningly painted wheels – we genuinely think they suit the rounded lines of the Corsa D more than the slightly fussy factory alloys. Things are set to get even better though, as Ally is keen to go that much faster with a turbo kit for the diddy 1.4 very high up his shopping list of future mods, plus bigger brakes and all manner of other clever tweaks, so it’s very much a case of ‘watch this space.’
Diddy 1.4 is next on the list to receive the ‘treatment’
Image split rims are just awesome
Air tanks and lines look pretty spectacular