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ATL’s Finest – Quicksilver

31 May 2012 2 Comments

The colour silver is often seen as a sophisticated colour and along with gold it represents wealth and riches. From Atlantis hails this shiny little rocket known as Quicksilver. I met the owner, Granville Syme, over a year ago when he asked me to do the judging at one of their events. It was here when I first laid eyes on this neat looking 2001 Toyota Corolla RXi. He admits that over the years of owning Quicksilver it went through many nips and tucks to what it is today.

The RXi has it fair share of custom gear. On the exterior the standard front bumper was modified with aftermarket yellow spots and is fitted with a Nissan Sentra Sti spoiler. Now this is where the detailing comes in. Where most guys will go for the carbon wrap-look, the spoiler and side view mirrors received a carbon fiber coating. This will definitely score those extra points at any given show. The bonnet though is still carbon wrapped but will soon be replaced with the real deal. The grill was debadged and on show days the car is fitted with smoked finished crystal headlights. Finishing off the exterior is a Wabesto sunroof, a must for any show stopper. The car sits closer to the tarmac thanks to the 40mm Eibach springs and shortened shocks. A set of 15 inch Sportmax Racing narrow and wide wheels snug fit nicely under the arches. These awesome red shoes are wrapped in Falken rubber. Slotted and grooved discs up front are clearly noticeable through the red spokes-nice one boet.

The engine bay was treated with colour coded bits and aftermarket accessories. The 20v’s throttles sounds really loud thanks to the 60mm Dave Ingel trumpets. A performance branch and down pipe with a 57mm exhaust, fitted by Evolution Racing, gives the engine a much deeper growl. A Dictator Management system was fitted and tuned by Pro Street Performance. The engine bay is nicely clean with no signs of oil leaks and water spill marks. In the cockpit G-Boy decided to limit the mods by keeping things RXi standard-who in any case will trade a steering wheel with an airbag for an aftermarket one? The leather seats with red stitching is still in good nick and more carbon fiber coated pieces like the gear lever surround and door handle covers can be found.

In the sound department he approached none other then Ridwaan, Mr. Mastersounds, to hook him up with some good bass waves. He didn’t mind driving that 60 + km up and down from ATL to Mitchell’s Plain. The team decided on building a slotted enclosure that houses a massive 12″ Starsound sub that is powered by a Starsound Digital amp, the baby mean machine. The enclosure is nicely finished with the MS trademark. A second Starsound amplifier powers up the rest of the 4 speaker system and controlled by a Pioneer mp3 player.

Like any modfather and sister, G-Boy admits that he still have a lot in store for his little silver bullet. I must say, I’ve seen many RXi’s out there but Mr. Syme really raised the bar on this one. Thanks Granville for sharing your ride with AM.



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    Very nice looking Corolla


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