Make no mistake: Tom knows his stuff. Like really knows his stuff.
He’s a qualified mechanic for starters and admits to ‘OCD’ when it comes to car detailing.
So much so that his Clio won the ‘show and shine’ contest at Cliosport.net’s big summer Clio Sport Festival at Blyton having also dazzled visitors to events at Donington Park and Castle Combe race circuits.
There are loads more cool images of the car on his Instagram account thanks to lens work of Chris Kaye at Reversed Photography.
The modifications that he’s made – some of which are listed below – are astonishing. Tom, a store manager for a leading floor retailer in Colchester, says: “It’s actually still a really nice ride.
“I was using it as an everyday car up to a few months ago. It’s just as comfortable with the mods – it handles roads fine but is also very good as a track day car.
“One of the nicest drives I’ve had it in fact was being in convoy with other Renault Sport enthusiasts and their cars to the Clio Sport Festival.”
Some 250bhp is now being produced by the car’s engine and Tom has some experience of fettling Renault Sports.
He previously owned a ‘Gen 3’ Clio 200 and, prior to that, a Clio 182 – both of which he also took to with his own modifications.
“It’s a passion and a hobby and I might have a bit of OCD when it comes to my cars,” he adds.
“I’ve always liked French cars and owned different brands, but ever since going R.S. I’ve stuck with them – there’s just something about them I love.”
He continues: “I’d be very reluctant to sell the 200 EDC and, even if I did, I’d probably remove a lot of the parts off it that I’ve added – just because I’d hate to see it possibly being abused.
“If I ever changed, it would probably be for a new Mégane R.S. On saying that my dream car is the ‘Mk2’ Mégane R26-R… the plastic windows, the roll cage, the shape and the red are all doing it for me!
“Hopefully I can get over to the Nurburgring next year for a good track session – that’s still on my bucket list, as is the North Coast 500 run that a lot of the Renault Sport community do every year.”
Meanwhile here’s a snapshot of Tom’s 200 ECD mods:
• Airtec everything on the turbocharger, air box, induction kit etc
• Ktec back box
• Millteck centre section *middle box delete*
• Scorpion down pipe
• RS Tuning map (248bhp/260Nm)
• Eibach K-Tec Racing lowering springs / OEM Cup Dampers
• Pure Motorsport 1° rear camber shims
• Speedline Clio Cup racer wheels 17x8j
• Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
• 5mm spacers front & rear
• Brembo 197/200 calipers
• R.S. Performance Cup spoiler
• Clio Cup racer roof vent
• Evo bonnet vent
• Maxton splitter + side skirts + rear splitter
• HEKO wind deflectors
• Front and rear aero catches
• Carbon canards
• Black trim
• Sabelt tow strap
• Sabelt buckets with Renault Sport Logo x2
• Sabelt 4" harnesses in red
• SW Motorsports rear roll cage in red
• Rear seat delete
• Black interior pillars and roof lining