Pipe Dreams

aluminium and silicone boost hoses, which would allow me to do just that.

Whilst looking at the boost pipe issue it also dawned on me that I would need a pair of air filters too. And without them to hand I would have no idea of how, or where they would fit. I've learnt that the only way to get things done with this car is to have all the bits lined up, and just see what fits where. That's the only way to do it.

So I made a call to Pete at The Performance Company and told him about the car and what I was planning to do with it. I le suggested a pair of Powertec stainless filters, each of which capable of flowing enough air to support over 600bhp. So, a pair of those kiddies was soon ordered.

Armed with, erm, armfuls of stuff I start attacking the problem in hand. It was soon apparent thst the slam panel and head ights were going to be in the way. With these duly removed I was able to start mocking stuff up, to see where everything best tits.

The air filters sit neatly behind the front bumper, and will allow a nice

After fitting a few finishing touches to the Saph's interior last month I thought it was about time I got back under the bonnet again and start looking at how I'm going to plumb everything up.

I had a quick look through all the catalogues, and do you know no-one sells an off-the-shelf boost kit for this kind of conversion? Surprising that! So like the rest of the car this was one problem that was going to require a load of custom bits. Thankfully, after speaking with the guys at Forge Motorsport they told me their sister company, Silicon Hoses.com, offers a whole selection of different size and different angle

"HEADLIGHTS? OH, I'LL WORRY ABOUT THAT LATER!" - JAMIE

FAST FORD february 2011 3000

A face only a mother could love!

constant supply of cold air to be fed to the turbos. This does mean that the slam panel won't be going back as it was, and I'm going to have to get very creative to overcome the lack of headlights. Daylignt MoT anyone? Or just some rally-spec Cibies in a removable pod on the bonnet? Who knows, I'll have to think on that one.

In the meantime I have managed to plumb in most of the boost system. The ally hoses are an absolute doddle to work with. All you need to do is measure mark, and cut with a hacksaw. The silicone hose joiners work a trest too.

The only real problem I have is trying to get the twin turbos blowing into the one intercooler. I thirk I have it sussed though and have cut some pipes accordingly. All I need to do new is pop up to Forge Motorsport when I get the chance for them to weld them together for me. and effectively create a custom Y-piece made for the job.

This month has also seen me cut two whacking great holes in the bonnet. After fitting the turbos rojghly in position a few months ago I said that I felt the bonnet may require some gentle 'relieving' to get it to shut properly. So after carefully marking out where the 'turbo reliefs' needed to go I took the drill and jigsaw out of retirement and got to work. It's a good job this car is going to be all about what it does and not hew it looks, but I actually quite like it. Let me know what you lot th nk on the Fast Ford website (www.fastfordmag. co.uk)

A face only a mother could love!

FAST FLEET 1USEHAIR smAiGhfrENERs" -luke

MK3 FIESTA/LUKE

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