Modified Vauxhall Corsa B 2010-12-15
Model: Corsa B
Lewis Mewse's modifued Vauxhall Corsa B GSi
There are a number of ways to enter the world of quick Vauxhalls. You could head down to your local dealer and take out finance on a new VXR. You could scan the classifieds and buy somebody else’s handywork. Or you could start with a budget base car, like 21-year-old Lewis Mewse, and build it exactly the way you want it.
This is actually the second time Lewis has owned this Corsa; the first was a couple of years back when it was a fairly standard example, however it was soon sold on to make way for another of the 18 cars Lewis has owned already. It found its way back though, and then the transformation began. “I did consider selling it again, but in the end I decided to strip it down and build it to what it is now,” Lewis says. The build began with parts sourcing, and it’s fair to say Mrs Mewse was not happy about losing the driveway under an ever increasing pile of Corsa bits.
Luckily for her, it was soon moved, courtesy of Lewis’ mate David, of the imaginatively titled David’s Motor Repairs in Aberdeen. Once there, Lewis and David stripped the car down in readiness for its new Astra VXR Nurburgring paint and the refi t of the original GSi bodykit.
With the bodywork nearing completion, thoughts turned to the engine. Having previously owned C20XE and C20LET-powered Corsas, Lewis opted to go down the Red Top conversion route, and Leslie Sim of the equally imaginatively titled Leslie’s Autos, was deemed the man for the job. Lewis sorted the electrics, drawing on his joinery skills, but things took an unfortunate turn during the Corsa’s first outing when the oil pump threw a wobbly, killing the engine to death.
Unphased by this ‘minor’ technicality, Lewis started again. “A mate of mine had a Corsa B with a 2.1 Courtenay Sport-built XE. I knew it was a good one so I bought it and we put it in,” he comments. Engine now present and correct, and with a little more power than first intended, attention was turned to the finishing details, such as the OMP cage, Sparco steering wheel, Speedline Alessios and the three-point harnesses, which came from a mate, probably in exchange for a beer or two.
“In my eyes this is what a Corsa GSi should look like,” according to Lewis. We couldn’t agree more.