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FanTAZZtic Conquest – Feature car

16 May 2011 17 Comments

Building a “one of a kind” custom car can be time consuming and can also cost you a lot of money, especially when you have to pay someone to do the job. Donovan Le Roux, didn’t have this problem as he is a panel beater by trade and building custom cars in his spare time is just one of his hobbies. He used to work for LUX Bodyworks and was one of the faces behind the build of Henk’s two door Conquest. I saw Donovan’s car for the first time at the De Waveren show in December last year and man was I blown away by the attention to detail on this ride. It’s only when you have a closer look at the car that you will notice the flawless spray job covering the car’s unique body styling. You need to see this car in flesh, uhm… I mean steel, to appreciate its work of art. Since then he has won 8 show and shine trophies in a total of only four show and shine events!

The car was totally wrecked with a front smash and was white in colour when he bought it in 2006. His aim was to build a unique custom Toyota Conquest. All the bodywork was done by the man himself and cost him many late nights and weekends. Back then he added some custom bumpers, a bad boy bonnet and a purple to black flip mix in colour. The interior was re-covered in purple leather and a basic sound system was fitted. He then started to compete in “Show and Shine” events and even though he won some events, he got tired of the car’s look. Back to the drawing boards he went and after spending more late nights, sweat and money he totally transformed his beloved Conquest into what you see here in front of you. This time he went all out, nothing was left standard on this car.

First was the body kit, which was based on his own ideas. The front bumper took a year to make and is a mixture of 5 different bumpers! He used bumpers from a Tazz, Subaru STi 2008, Toyota Quantum, Fiat Palio and a rear bumper from a Fiesta to create this “one of a kind” front bumper. No fibre glassing, all plastic! The rear bumper is a mixture of his own ideas which he saw while playing “Need for Speed” on his Playstation. To complete the kit he added some side sills sourced from the millennium Tazz. Adding to the mean-look of the car is a custom “bad boy” bonnet with a mother of a vent, which serves a purpose of course. He also decided to shave the rear door handles before spraying the car to a two tone colour, a custom red and black with silver crystal flakes. Even the crystal lights up front were slightly tinted with a touch of silver crystal flakes. What I also like is the vents on the fenders that bring us to the “what lies beneath” factor. While every Toyota fanatic goes for the 20valve power horse, Donovan decided to be different. The original 1300cc engine was replaced with a 4AGZE supercharged 16v import engine. When he bought the engine, the gearbox was already fitted with TRD clutch and pressure plate, along with an HKS management system and a Gotech engine control unit. The engine is capable of a 110 plus kW. Most of the hoses were replaced with some red silicone ones and completing the bay are custom made red carbon fibre covers.

The 40mm Koenic suspension brings the body closer to the 17 inch A-Line wheels, finished in satin white-NICE! It immediately gives you that race feeling and suits the look of the car to the tee. With the exterior looking flawless and the engine bay sorted, the interior was also changed to suit the look of the ride. The seats and door panels are re-covered in a red and black leather combination and the colour theme was carried out onto the dashboard as well. Next up is the sound setup that was built by the man himself! The Starsound DVD player sends signal via the Starsound cabling to the sound in the custom fiber glass boot installation. The Ice Power 3300w amplifier powers the two 12 inch Audio Pipe subwoofers while the Starsound 1200w amplifier drives the mids in the custom speaker enclosures in the front doors. The 6 x 9’s looks like it floats above the sound install thanks to the 300mm Perspex shelve. The sound is nicely balanced and sounds awesome. Not bad for an everyday used car that took him a year to build!

SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine:

1600 4AGZE supercharged 16v; HKS management system; Gotech Engine control unit; TRD Clutch and pressure plate

 

Exterior:

custom front bumper; custom rear bumper with twin exhaust exists; custom millennium Tazz side sills; custom “bad boy” bonnet with a modified vent; shaven rear door handles; rear boot spoiler; a custom red and black with silver crystal flakes colour divided by a white pin stripe; slightly tinted crystal headlights finished with a touch of silver crystal flakes. Custom carbon fiber dragon signage and Chinese writing

 

Wheels and suspension:

17 inch A-Line wheels, finished in satin white; 40mm Koenic suspension

 

Interior:

seats and door panels are re-covered in red and black leather; custom dashboard and gauges

Sound setup:

Starsound DVD player; Ice Power 3300w amplifier; Starsound 1200w amplifier; 2 twelve inch Audio Pipe subwoofers; Starsound splits , Starsound 5 x 7’s and Pioneer 6 x 9’s; Starsound cabling

Future plans:

Secret so stay tuned to AM!!!!

Next Car:

Toyota Corolla RXi

Donovan would like to thank everyone that helped him build his “one of a kind” ride especially the people at LUX Bodyworks, Tannie Petro, Oom Wessie and Henk. Not forgetting his girlfriend, Elmarie, for sacrificing “quality” time and burning that midnight oil while he was busy building one of Cape Town’s “HOTTEST” show cars. Thanks a lot Donovan for sharing your car with AM. Awesome!!!!

Until then…God Bless!

JK


17 Comments »

  • Blair said:

    Thanks Donovan for doing the feature, your car is a beaut… What made you decide on the 2 tone with the white strip? I find that the white line breaks the 2 colours perfectly!!

    You really have a well maintained Toy!

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    joe Klein Reply:

    This car is a must see to appreciates its beauty!!!

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    Blair Reply:

    I can only imagine!!!!

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    Luan Reply:

    Hi Donovan, what is that red thingy that the cone filter in laying on?..i really need your help…please email me back..luanvzijl@hotmail.com

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  • Scott said:

    Great car, but isn’t it a 16valve and not 20 like the description says?

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    Blair Reply:

    Thanks for that Scott, updated the 2 pics ;)

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    joe Klein Reply:

    Scott, read carefully, the description says it’s a 16v. He didn’t wanted to go the 20v route…

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    joe Klein Reply:

    As quoted from the wite:”While every Toyota fanatic goes for the 20valve power horse, Donovan decided to be different. The original 1300cc engine was replaced with a 4AGZE supercharged 16v import engine.” Hope this will help.

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    joe Klein Reply:

    I mean the write!!!

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  • Donovan said:

    Hi Blair i played around on need for speed and i liked it and i like the colours and it goes good together

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    Blair Reply:

    for sure, well done again buddy!!
    once you get around to the RXI let us know, im sure Joe would be more than willing to do another shoot ;)

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  • Frederick said:

    Man your car just blows my mind bro im also drivin a tass blue beast20v but i need a insides chaced yours looks “MAD MAN” man where can i come view the car up close maybe ill let u do mine aswell

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    joe Klein Reply:

    which area you from?His car is always at car shows!

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  • Donovan said:

    Thanx Fred jip like Joe asked what area r u?

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  • Donovan said:

    invite me on facebook Donovan Le Roux

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  • Ali said:

    Hi Donovan
    I really enjoyed the read and the AWESOME, sweet and neat ride of yours. I’ve been looking around for someone who can modify cars – neatly, can i come see you? please let me know.

    thanks boet
    ali

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  • Sydney said:

    Hi Donovan

    May I please have your contact details as I would like you to modify my Toyota Tazz for me.

    E-mail sydneybu@absa.co.za

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