Twist of fate
After finally finding the car of his dreams, Ceri Morgan set about tuning it – and he didn’t stop until he’d created this 826bhp monster!
Sourcing the perfect car can be a nightmare. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a list of things that it must have, from a specific colour, to particular options and if you do manage to find something that ticks all the boxes, someone else will get there first. But sometimes, the moon and stars align and things are meant to be.
“I’d always thought the Focus RS Mk2 would be a dream car, right from when it was first launched,” says Ceri Morgan. “I said to myself that one day I’d own one, so four years ago, when I had the money, I started looking for one.” A man with very specific requirements, it proved tricky to find the right car. “It had to have Alcantara Recaros, sat nav, and, ideally be in white, but I couldn’t find one anywhere,” he explains. Then, while out at work on a recovery and with a lorry in tow, fate stepped in. “I was driving past a BMW dealer, when I spotted a white Focus RS for sale,” smiles Ceri. “I pulled over and went inside for a look. It had all the options I wanted and was up for £22k with just 15k on the clock, so I said I’d give them £21,500 right now and they agreed.” With the deal done, he jumped back in his recovery truck and finished his day’s work – although this time, with a big smile on his face.
“I picked the car up a few days later, which happened to be my birthday,” says Ceri. “It was a cracking present to myself,” he laughs. “It’s funny, because I almost bought a blue one the week before, but something stopped me – it was clearly meant to be.”
Aside from being in a mint condition, the RS benefitted from a Mountune MP350 package. “It lasted about a week before I decided it wasn’t quick enough,” smiles Ceri and after doing some research, he plumped for a Revo 400 set-up. “I went to RS Direct to buy the hardware and then fitted it all myself.” But the newfound power upgrade didn’t last very long…
“A few people suggested I get the engine forged, especially if I was looking to get more power in the future (which he clearly was), so I called BD Performance and they asked what my plans were. I said I’d like to go for 500bhp one day and they replied, ‘why not do it now?’” Ceri continues, “The next thing I knew, I had a fully built engine with a GT35 and 600bhp!” Ok, it didn’t happen quite as fast as that, but he certainly didn’t hang around….TO BE CONTINUED…