drive. Introducing air ride to the proceedings enabled me to dialin a standard ride height for everyday use while having the option of serious lows for shows,” he explains. Determinedly, he commissioned legendary bespoke suspension manufacturer, Rayvern Hydraulics, to fabricate adjustable front struts, while a pair of GAZ rear dampers now sit at the back (each shock absorber demanding a modified mount and the removal of factory spring cups).
Firestone bags, an Accuair air management system, Viair compressors, water traps and twin air tanks were neatly installed inside the Corsa, with custom polished aluminium plumbing working its way in and out of the five-door’s suede-lined boot space. The air tanks were finished in a red-togold flip paint, a colour that was soon carried over to the C20LET’s camshaft and top hat covers. In fact, there has been plenty of under-bonnet activity of late, including the appointment of a rebuilt K16 turbocharger, a frontmounted intercooler, a Weber adjustable fuel pressure regulator and ultrasonically cleaned fuel injectors managed by MTech Phase 2 chips and fed by a Walbro high-flow fuel pump. The end result is a power figure estimated to be in the region of 250bhp. Not bad for a motor that left the factory with well under a third of that many horses!
A full respray, an extended bonnet, Zender side skirts, custom side stripes, a roof wrap and the smoothing of textured plastics followed, as did re-trimmed sports seats and a matching twin-tone parcel shelf. Air ride control switches, Prosport gauges and a Grip Royal three-spoke colourmatched steering wheel join the plush leathers that have replaced the Calibra upholstery inside the car’s cabin – somewhere that Daniel is spending an ever increasing amount of his free time. “I love travelling all over the country for club meets, hooking up with likeminded Vauxhall owners who share my passion for modified Griffins,” he says. That’s great to hear, and prompts us to ask one simple question – how low can you go?! performance VAUXHALL
Leather. Lots of leather. 1998cc C20LET DOHC 16-valve, stripped and rebuild block, new bearings, new piston rings, ARP fasteners throughout, Coscast cylinder head, C20XE inlet camshaft, adjustable vernier pulleys, painted cam cover, carbon-fibre top hat and spark plug covers, Mocal 13-row oil cooler, Walbro 255 fuel pump, Weber fuel pressure regulator, 3.5bar fuel pressure, ultrasonically cleaned fuel injectors, MTech Phase2 chips in C20LET Motronic ECU, uprated ignition leads, Ford RS Turbo spark plugs, Pipercross induction kit, rebuilt K16 turbocharger, Courtenay Sport actuator, front-mounted intercooler, Bailey dump valve, stainless boost pipes, custom 2.5inch stainless steel exhaust system, 200-cell catalytic convertor, cool running thermostat, alloy radiator with twin 10-inch slimline fans, Bailey polished header tank, Roose Motorsport silicone hoses