A/b: 2002 New Beetle Color Concept

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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?


Owner Information:

Name- Jonathan Leyh

Address- Cumberland Maryland

E-mail- Blackfly18t@msn.com

Username- blackfly18t

Occupation- Owner of Blackfly Industries

Club Affiliations- Team Fuzion

Vehicle Information:

Year- 2002

Make- VW

Model- Beetle

Mileage- 54,000

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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