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 Is it still possible to have a fun, trackable daily driver without paying the average new car price of $48,000?

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Feb
21
Feb 21, 2024
Our Mk7 GTI again proves to be an ideal dual-duty car

Every time we drive our GTI–whether for street, competition, or both on the same day–we fall deeper in love.

Feb
13
GRM+ | Feb 13, 2024
How to properly tech a used car for the track

Here are a few tips on how to prepare a new-to-you car for a track day.

Feb
01
Feb 1, 2024
What’s it weigh? Mk7 VW Golf GTI edition.

Guess the weight of our Mk7 GTI correctly, and you'll win the satisfaction of making the correct guess.

Jan
09
Jan 9, 2024
Track tires for a daily driver: Bigger isn't always better?

Normally, we'd fit the widest Super 200tw tires possible–but since our GTI is still a daily driver, we'd need to pick a wheel-and-tire combo that balances track prowess and street …

Dec
28
Dec 28, 2023
Are endurance race pads really the best choice for a daily driver?

Would upgrading our Mk7 GTI from Pagid's Street+ pads to its more endurance racing-orientated RSL 29 pads be worth the gamble?

Dec
25
Dec 25, 2023
Are two-piece rotors worth the extra money?

Seeing how well our Mk7 GTI's factory Performance Pack brakes handled back-to-back hot laps, we first decided to just upgrade the pads and rotors.

Nov
01
Nov 1, 2023
Do you hate rock chips? Here’s how we’re fighting them.

We installed a Lamin-x Clear Bra kit on our Mk7 VW GTI project car to help protect its paint from chipping–both on and off the track.

Oct
10
GRM+ | Oct 10, 2023
Fitting stiffer sway bars that won’t ruin our GTI’s streetability?

Can installing stiffer sway bars give us faster laps without hurting street manners?

Oct
09
Oct 9, 2023
Using a 3D printer to make custom brake deflectors

How to get more out of your brake setup? How about a 3D-printed set of brake deflectors to help keep things cool.

Oct
04
Oct 4, 2023
Dogbone inserts: Will they work just as well as solid bushings?

In an attempt to stop our GTI's tendency to wheel hop, we installed billet aluminum dogbone mount inserts from 034Motorsport.

Sep
26
GRM+ | Sep 26, 2023
Want more full-throttle laps on track? Upgrade the intercooler.

After multiple hot laps on track, our Mk7 GTI would lose power. Thankfully, the solution is one bigger intercooler away.

Sep
20
Sep 20, 2023
What can our GTI daily also do? Win at autocross.

Checking off “local autocross” from the list of achievements for our Mk7 GTI.

Sep
13
Sep 13, 2023
Want more performance out of a Mk7 GTI? Check this out.

If it's an analytic approach to making the MQB platform faster, Datadrivenmqb.com is a good place to start.

Aug
01
Aug 1, 2023
The truth about fixing one of the most common VW GTI weak points

The latest surprise in our Mk7 GTI ownership? A leaking water pump/thermostat.

Jul
12
Jul 12, 2023
Can a rear sway bar really make our GTI faster on track?

In an effort to maximize the on-track performance of our 2017 Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI project car, we fit a larger rear sway bar from 034Motorsport.

Jun
29
Jun 29, 2023
Unlock your GTI's software to shave a second off your time

As it turns out, tweaking the software in modern cars can often yield some interesting results–like faster lap times.

Jun
08
Jun 8, 2023
Did we see you at Hyperfest?

After we completed One Lap, we steered our GTI towards Virginia for Hyperfest.

Jun
05
Jun 5, 2023
Yes, our Mk7 GTI survived One Lap of America

How did our Mk7 GTI fare during the 2023 One Lap of America? How does a podium finish sound?

Jun
02
Jun 2, 2023
How to complete a weekend of motorsports? Even more track time.

Nothing like ending off the $2000 Challenge with a track day at the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park.

May
22
May 22, 2023
A simple way to add more power without upgrading hardware?

Here's how we added horsepower to our Mk7 GTI without touching or upgrading any hard parts.

Apr
25
Apr 25, 2023
Mk7 GTI: Get better lap times without adding more power

In order to get faster laps out of our Mk7 GTI, we needed to find an aftermarket solution for lowering and adding camber.

Apr
10
Apr 10, 2023
Is our improved, do-it-all GTI really capable of doing it all?

We built this VW GTI to be competitive on the track while still being usable as a daily driver on the street, but now it was time to put that …

Mar
23
Mar 23, 2023
Installing a trailer hitch: Useful for more than towing?

Sure, a trailer hitch is useful for towing, but fitting one to our Mk7 GTI also lets us enjoy our other hobbies, too.

Mar
01
Mar 1, 2023
What’s it like buying from Carvana as the company crumbles?

We find out what it's really like to buy a car from Carvana.

Nov
16
Nov 16, 2022
Announcing our latest project car: 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

We bought this Golf GTI to find out if it still possible to have a fun, trackable daily driver without paying the average new car price of $48,000?

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