SLEEPER AGENT

This black Ford Lynx has se­crets wait­ing to be un­cov­ered

Top Gear (Philippines) - - The Garage -

The first time we saw this car at a friend’s car shop, our eyes were im­me­di­ately drawn to the 5x114 bolt pat­tern of the wheels. The Lynx was orig­i­nally sold with a 4x100 bolt pat­tern, so we im­me­di­ately knew some­thing was up. There ap­peared to be some­thing dif­fer­ent with the front of the car, too. Upon fur­ther scru­tiny, we re­al­ized there were parts from at least four car brands on this Ford. So, we sat down with 35-year-old Louie Du­lay to get the scoop on his ride.

The black 2000 Ford Lynx has been with him for 15 years now. It started life as a daily driver, but af­ter it was in­un­dated in 2010 by Typhoon On­doy, the en­gine was re­placed be­cause the over­haul on the stock 1.6-liter ZM-DE never re­ally put the old mill back in top shape. Louie even­tu­ally got hold of a new en­gine, cour­tesy of a friend from Protege Tech (the lo­cal Mazda club, know known as Mazda Tech).

What lurks un­der the hood now is a 2.0-liter Mazda KF-ZE. The V6, sourced from a Lan­tis Type R, pumps out 170hp and 190Nm, and gives the 1,200kg car plenty of for­ward oomph. Stock head­ers drive ex­haust gases through a 2.5in stain­less ex­haust sys­tem, ter­mi­nat­ing in a 2.5in Fu­jit­subo Le­galis R muf­fler. The cool­ing sys­tem is a one-row, all-cop­per ra­di­a­tor cus­tom-made by MA­SIV Per­for­mance, and el­e­gantly solves the prob­lem of a now-tight en­gine bay.

The trans­mis­sion is also from a Lan­tis Type R, with ra­tios from a 626, and uses an open dif­fer­en­tial. Louie sourced axles from a Mazda Protege MP3, but since the spline con­fig­u­ra­tion on the V6 tranny is dif­fer­ent, he had the axles ma­chined to match up.

With things sorted out in the power-trans­fer depart­ment, the wheel hubs, the brakes, and the ro­tors were re­placed with up­grades sourced from another fam­ily mem­ber, the Fa­milia MP3 Sport 20. These are con­nected to the han­dling de­part- ment by way of 32-level ad­justable Yel­low Speed Rac­ing coilovers. Con­tin­u­ing the theme of knitting brands to­gether, Louie de­cided that ground­con­trol du­ties were to be han­dled by a set of 16in Mit­subishi FTO wheels, wrapped in Yoko­hama A.drive R1 205/50 tires.

Look­ing in­side, you might get this nag­ging feel­ing that you’ve seen the front seats some­where else be­fore. And you’re not mis­taken— they’re cus­tom-fit­ted Toy­ota AE111 Levin seats, while the beau­ti­ful Nardi steer­ing wheel is from a Mazda Mi­ata. Ea­gle-eyed and knowl­edge­able gear­heads will have no­ticed, too, that the bumpers are Honda bits, the rear be­ing an EK SIR unit, and the front be­ing a replica Back­yard Spe­cial EK bumper. Both have re­ceived min­i­mal work to be retro­fit­ted to the Lynx. The side skirts are replica Mazda 323 items.

You could say this Lynx is a hodge­podge of parts, but we be­lieve there’s some­thing there that is un­de­tectable and will only re­veal it­self once you ask about the car and how it was built. Is it a mat­ter of taste? A brash dis­re­gard for cul­tural norms, per­haps? Or maybe a big “f*ck you” and a mid­dle fin­ger to all the purists?

Per­son­ally, we think it’s all three. What we have here is the spirit of true hot-rod­ding man­i­fest­ing it­self in our time. Louie has man­aged to put to­gether a badass sleeper rod, with mod­i­fi­ca­tions rem­i­nis­cent of what peo­ple used to do with ’49 Shoe­box Fords, or any vin­tage hot rod for that mat­ter. Here’s proof that not giv­ing a rat’s ass about what any­one thinks can cre­atively fuel a build way past medi­ocrity. With Louie’s taste for parts, and de­void of any cre­ative bound­aries brought about by brand loy­alty, this car is only geared to get bet­ter.

Those seats be­long on a Toy­ota, right? it works out well

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