Woody GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/15/16 12:34 p.m.

You heard me...

doc_speeder HalfDork
3/15/16 12:46 p.m.

Like a Mk4 1.8T? I don't see why not. I believe VW's to be fairly robust from a mechanical viewpoint, at least my Mk2's always were. The stuff that lets them down is usually accessory/electronic related, and I think for a track car you could eliminate a bunch of that stuff.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
3/15/16 12:50 p.m.

ask this guy.


pointofdeparture PowerDork
3/15/16 12:51 p.m.

What year/generation? The earlier 1.8Ts seem to have a reputation for bending rods under stress...

I gave up on the idea of a turbo Miata project because they just don't hold together on track without some serious investment, and the turbo VWs don't seem a whole lot better, that engine bay is very tight and the stock oiling and cooling systems seem pretty marginal. Turbo cars are always more difficult because of the heat involved, which is why I'm increasingly leaning towards something naturally-aspirated for my next track car project (very smitten with the RSX Type-S right now as they can put down 220whp with the right bolt-ons). I did a lot of looking into the Mk4 platform because I would love a TT someday; there's a lot of cheap plastic crap and mediocre factory parts crammed into that engine bay, which of course you need to replace before you get to the fun stuff, that's for sure. The platform is also not very good for handling because of the wacky front suspension geometry but that's a different subject.

OTOH, they don't seem fundamentally unreliable, but the only VWs I have ever seen at track events are R32s if that tells you anything.

LuxInterior HalfDork
3/15/16 1:32 p.m.

Yes. 1) buy 90's Honda hatch. 2) Remove GTI sheet metal. 3) Attach GTI sheet metal to Honda. 4) Add suspension + sticky tires

wclark Reader
3/15/16 2:46 p.m.
Fueled by Caffeine wrote: ask this guy. https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/open-classifieds/fs-2001-vw-golf-18t-turn-key-racer-vermont/105854/page1/

I race with him. That has been a fast, reliable car since he finally got a decent tune and stopped running too lean (burned pistons at least twice that I remember).

calteg Dork
3/15/16 2:58 p.m.

Reliable GTI? Yes Cheap reliable GTI? No

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