Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
12/5/22 2:48 p.m.

We zeroed in on our ideal Volkswagen Golf GTI–a 2017 Sport with a DSG transmission–and successfully purchased one from Carvana. Time for the race track, right?

Not so fast. Before we take any used car on track, we give it a thorough tech inspection.

The reality is this: Even in a fairly modern, fairly safe, fairly slow car like …

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GCrites80s Dork
12/5/22 9:07 p.m.

I had never thought about auto-locking doors being a problem on track. Even my IROC's alarm does that even though I swapped over to a manual. When it's in neutral the car thinks it's in park so when I select a gear they lock shorty thereafter. Hmm

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
12/5/22 9:25 p.m.

In reply to GCrites80s :

Yeah, it's a super common feature and I'm surprised people don't talk about it more. Theoretically your window is open for HPDE so a locked door wouldn't be the end of the world, but why make it harder for workers to reach you? It's usually easy to turn off in the settings menu.

And yes, in theory most modern cars will unlock if a crash is detected, but I'd rather not rely on them to detect the crash and have 12v power to unlock doors. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/6/22 1:36 p.m.

I'd add that most/all of this can apply to a car primarily used for street, too.

Just bought a new/used car? Can you easily remove the wheels, or are they rusted in place? I'd rather find out in the garage than on the side of the highway. 

Good info here. 

audiguy New Reader
2/15/23 3:48 p.m.

Looking forward to this project car build.  Will you corner scale the car in an upcoming segment?  

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