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Next up, and recipient of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: blackfly18t
Q: How long have you owned this car?
I’ve owned it for approximately three months.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
Well, I have been obsessing over this car since a friend purchased it new from the dealer.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
To set it apart from all other New Beetles.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
Q: Who helped you build this car?
I’ve done all the work. Fellow Vortexers have helped me obtain parts.
Q: What makes your car special?
It’s a 2002 Snap Orange Color Concept, 1 of about 2000, with an ’04 Turbo S engine swap.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
Definitely the color, otherwise I might not own a New Beetle.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
Inspiration comes from my ’73 standard Beetle that I owned when I was 17. It was almost the same orange with black/polished Empi 8 spokes and slammed to the ground.
Q: What don’t you like about this car?
The exhaust – it has a 2.0 exhaust from the factory which is very restrictive and a bit too quiet.
Q: What would you change if you could?
[Laughs] The perception of Beetles being too cute/girly.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
I’d give it an 8. Although I’ve only owned it for a few months, there is a lot more to come.
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
Tough question, eh? I’d drive it more. Gas prices are outrageous. A One-off Big Turbo setup with a roaring side exhaust would be snap.
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
My family loves it. Friends say,“ Nice chick car!”
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
Any of the numerous twisties here in beautiful western MD.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
Any day, especially autocross weekends.
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
My girl and I, but only since she lets me drive her ’05 GLI.
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
“It’s not cute!”
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
Q: What was your previous project?
My other ongoing project is a ’90 Corrado 2.0 20v Turbo. Winter months will keep me busy on that.
Q: What is your next project?
It will either be an air-cooled Porsche or VW.
Q: What one word best describes your car?
Name- Jonathan Leyh
Address- Cumberland Maryland
Occupation- Owner of Blackfly Industries
Club Affiliations- Team Fuzion
Original Color- Snap Orange
Current Color- Same
Engine- 2004 Beetle Turbo S engine (AWP)
Engine Modifications- APR chip, Neuspeed Intake, Forge Polished 007 DV
Exhaust Modifications- None
Transmission Modifications- None
Suspension Modifications- H&R Coilovers
Brake Modifications- None (20th Anniversary GTI conversion soon)
Wheels and Tires- 18×8 Kinesis Supercups
Exterior/Body Modifications- Blackfly Headlights, clear turn signals
Interior Modifications- Tinted windows, Autometer gauge pod, Autometer Ultralite gauges (boost, water temp, oil pressure), Momo pedals
Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Sony Xplod CD headunit, Rockford Fosgate 800 amp, 2- Rockford HE2 DVC 10” subs
Thanks/Props– NGP Racing, Blackfly Industries, Sam “Mr. Clean” Wakefield, Fellow Vortexers, and my family
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