Modifications

My car had had a continuous evolution of modifications, upgrades and maintenance. The history these is documented in the costs section.

Just before I sold it, the car’s state of modification was as follows:

  • Schrick 268° cams.
  • High compression metal head gasket.
  • Schrick VGI (Variable Geometry Intake) dual-tract inlet manifold.
  • Gas-flowed enlarged throttle body (recently rebuilt)
  • Fidanza lightweight flywheel.
  • Custom engine remap to Super Unleaded and a raised rev limit.
  • Mocal oil cooler
  • Vibratechnics front engine mount.
  • Custom Gaz Gold 2-way adjustable coil-over suspension (recently rebuilt).
  • New front wishbones and track end rods.
  • Vibratechnics front wishbone bushes.
  • 3.68 final drive to lower the gearing and improve acceleration.
  • 288mm front brake upgrade with Golf Mk3 callipers, Brembo discs, Mintex pads and Goodrich braided hoses.
  • Milltek sports exhaust
  • Two sets of original alloys, one refurbished in gun metal with road tyres and the other in matte black with Toyo R888 track tyres
  • Interior: Momo Millennium steering wheel and some stainless steel sill kick plates.

The last time I had the car rolling-roaded it was just after the last round of modifications, but on month-old 95RON unleaded and the standard exhaust. It produced 226 bhp at the flywheel and 205 lb ft. With Super Unleaded, bedding in time, and with the addition of the Milltek exhaust, I would imagine it was well into the 230’s, if not 240. It would have been nice to get it back onto a rolling road to see how much, but I never got round it it.

Just before I sold the car, I removed both the Schrick VGI manifold and the Momo steering wheel and replaced them with the original items.
I would estimate that the removal of the VGI dropped the output to around 220bhp based on knowledge of Corrado VR6s in a similar state of tune.

 

Engine bay showing VGI

Engine bay showing VGI

Minor interior changes

Minor interior changes