Sep 28, 2009 update to the Volkswagen Golf project car

Golf Goes Racing

The handling was very composed with just a hint of body roll.
Geneva features a nice asphalt surface, which made for good grip off of the start line.
Per fixed the car by bypassing the heater core.

This weekend we brought our Golf to an SCCA autocross, where we competed as the lone F Street Prepared entrant. While we didn’t have any direct competition, we gauged our performance against some other classes—the car and driver did quite well for an opening effort, finishing 12th on index.

Thanks to the well-developed suspension, the car handled quite nicely but was down on power. We found ourselves flat-footing in sections where other cars were lifting. We’ll have to fix that—not by worsening the handling, but by working on horsepower changes.

During our second run, the plastic fitting for the heater hoses at the firewall cracked off, causing out coolant to dump out. We fixed this temporarily by bypassing the heater system—and we didn’t miss a single run.

Credit for the photos goes to Matt Skowronski.

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