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Inside LD MOTORSPORT

16th April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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As motorsport workshops go, a Rallycross garage is high up there in chasing world horsepower assisted destruction. With builds capable of enough power contained within its 4 storm trooper white walls to classify it as a Death Star replacement, perfectly capable of wiping out Alderaan sized planets at a moments notice. So when the invite came several years back to come check out LD Motorsport & take a peak behind the usually closed doors of this secretive team, we jumped at the chance!

Rallycross is a hugely competitive sport among all the teams involved so for all those spies out there, yeah thats right we’re on to you. This is 2013 garage shots from LD Motorsport, no trade secrets of the ongoing seasons are being revealed here. So if your just here to see how the cars are put together in absolute clinical detail then carry on scrolling.

The high level of organisation throughout the workshop means that the team know exactly where you can put your hand on that missing bolt, tool or any replacement parts, big or small. Each vehicle is regularly torn apart to a bare shell and rebuilt by assigned members of the full time staff there, each member knows exactly how they go together and how they work. With each car having at least two technicians assigned to it at time they don’t tread on each others toes, there is room to work & therefore productivity is high.



Looking around it was apparent that a few war wounds of the 2013 European Rallycross season are still on display, clearly this extra exhaust hole in the block of this DS3 was not part of the plan.
Proudly displaying sponsorship banners around the building, & with Forge parts visible on every build its clear they are grateful for all the support they receive to make it all possible.



For such a small precise layout the variety of work happening at once is staggering. On one side the prep had begun for the 2014 season as two DS3’s went through a full rebuild, with a mass of parts coming off & others going back on even during the few hours we were there. The focus is on lightweight precision parts, the pedal boxes, the suspension, everything matters & the one thing I kept hearing was the achievements they have made in house in making parts lighter & stronger for use in their cars. Even a 10% reduction in weight is something to boast about in this game.


Alongside these new machines were several classics, including two normally ultra rare RS200’s in a varying state of preparation. One being the Pikes Peak machine that was crashed & rebuilt by the team at the last event it was in. The other ultra rare beast being the legendary ‘Rosie’ of Pat Doran that sadly went up in flames at Lydden Hill when he was behind the wheel,where luckily he escaped from it with only slight burns.

The garage has its trophies proudly on display as soon as you enter, a driving factor for the team. Clear evidence that with their professional attitudes and hard work they all put in on a daily basis all concludes in LD Motorsports achieving winning results across the world in European Rallycross, Global Rallycross and Xgames. championship battleground.

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Inside Xquisite Productions

2nd February 2017 — by Dave Cox

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Remember the feature on the Team Galag TG3 that was built by Xquisite Productions? Well, we thought we’d show you what a company that makes cars like that might look like.

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I should forewarn you though, I am not going to be able to share all of the juicy builds as they are under embargo. To enforce this secrecy is their fearsome guard dog, Hugo. Every shop needs a dog. I am particularly fond of French bulldogs so I was more than happy to keep him company whilst waiting for our shoot.

Outside is littered with all kinds of builds, offering a small insight into the range of creations that are made at Xquisite. A handful of Citroen “H-Van’s” converted into burger or coffee vans as well as converted ambulance with stacks and rather small looking Fiesta.

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Matt House swung by and provided us with a nutritious lunch before we headed out for a mooch around the car park.

Now if you recognise this car but can’t put your finger on as to why, this is because all of the cars that are on E4’s Carjackers there was a few others there too but sorry, I can’t show you them, you’ll just have to watch the show. This is the infamous chicken nugget car which as it turns out wasn’t loved all too much by the owner. Yes that is all expandable foam! It has a crispy yet spongy texture. To be honest, I wouldn’t want to be seen driving it but I do like how the car show has a sense of humour.

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You may also recognise this Peugeot 207 GTi from the show car jackers too as it was lurking in the background. Sadly that is about all I can show you from the workshop as there was a rather large project taking up most of the space. I find it fascinating how one company can have such a wide variety of projects and seemingly nail every single one of them. Burger Van? You got it! Bagged hatch back? No problem, batshit crazy Gumball car, coming right up!

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With demanding clients and harsh deadlines it is so refreshing to see them never let go of their creativity, they certainly do have a great team there. I am certainly hoping we get to bring you some more features from them in the future. Or at least go and see Hugo again.

Words and Pictures: Dave Cox (ShootingDave)