Oooohhh, that's the same year and color as my MZ3! Is yours a 2.3L auto?
I can see you're missing some of the under engine shielding. Trust me, you want to replace everything that's missing.
Yeah. 2.3 auto. (Wife has had back surgery and can't daily a manual anymore, sadly.)
As for the factory "skid plate" missing, that is on my shortlist. Especially after driving some rally stage miles last week. I'll be fabbing up an aluminum skid plate, so it can take a little abuse. Also looking at figuring out a reinforcement or possibly fab up a custom core support as I don't trust the plastic core for a second. Hahaha
Also have decided to look into some proper dirt struts too after getting it out in the woods for the weekend.
Of your many paths in life, make sure at least a few are dirt.