A/b: Mk3 GTI VR6 DE

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Next up, and winner of this week’s NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: VW THUNDER

How long have you owned this car?

A: I have owned the car since around September of 2001, a few months before I turned 17.

Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: Well, I bought it off of eBay and had it shipped to Pennsylvania from California. When I got it, it was BONE stock except for an intake.

What was your objective with this car?

A: I wanted to build a car that makes people look around before I’m actually in sight, turns heads as I go by, and drops jaws after I’m gone. I pretty much wanted something that had enough ‘SHOW’ and ‘GO’ to make it twice the threat.

What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: This car is a hybrid of OEMplus and Street Racer. It’s got subtle style but the Vortech V1 supercharger makes some people think twice at a light.

Who helped you build this car?

A: I did a great deal of the work by myself, but a few of my friends helped out when I needed them. My bodyshop, Patriot Collision in Hamburg, has done some amazing work with the paint and custom parts on my car, too.

What makes your car special?

A: To start, my custom boser hood which was beautifully crafted by my bodyshop and perfected to the very last detail. The polished Vortech V1 supercharger with colormatched silicone connectors and other colormatched engine bay parts also set my car apart from many others out there. The Sprinter fender vent was perfectly welded into my fender, adding style and function.

What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: My favorite part is without a doubt the supercharger. With the ATP Stage II chip and the 310cc injectors, it pulls like a bat out of hell. I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when I pull into a place – they’re like “wow, is that a Vortech!?,” and I just get this big grin on my face.

Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: I’d have to say a big part of it was VWvortex. It’s great being able to ask everyone for advice on certain parts or see someone do something original and spark some ideas in my mind. Beyond that, my friends are really into VWs, so we have all been modding our cars since high school – it’s just a passion.

What don’t you like about this car?

A: I think the only thing that bothers me is the fact that the cruise control on Mk3s seems to have a mind of its own. Maybe it’s me, but I think the cruise control is possessed???

What would you change if you could?

A: If I could change anything, I’d make it so I made more money and could just keep modding nonstop.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: Definitely at least a “9.” The only reason it’s not a “10” is because in my eyes it is never ‘done’ – there is always something more that could be modded or changed.

What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: If money were no object I’d have some major body work done and do some crazy work with the supercharger to make it really haul ass. Then after I was done with that, I’d probably just get every mod I’ve ever dreamed of.

Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: Definitely my parents, HAHA. They’re always telling me I should stop spending money on my car and start putting it towards college, and I’m like, “Bah, I’m only young once – let me live a little!”

What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: For the most part, everyone has been pretty much supportive. I’ve always had good input from my friends and good suggestions on what to improve. My family thinks I spend way too much money on my car, but they do agree that it is pretty cool nonetheless.

What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: I love going to big shows like Waterfest or H2O and meeting a lot of the VWvortex guys and girls in person. It seems like there are so many cars that are known but no one really knows the owner. At those big shows it’s a great chance to finally talk to someone in person.

What is your ideal day with this car?

A: My ideal day is definitely sunny, not a cloud in the sky, with me driving with the windows down and the ‘charger screaming.

Who gets to drive this car?

A: I am the only one who drives this car with the very seldom occasion that I’m feeling generous and let one of my friends take it for a spin under the provision that I am in the car with them, lol.

If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “Yeah, it’s clean… and yeah, that’s a Vortech.”

If you had to name your car, what would you name it?

A: Without a doubt ‘VW THUNDER’ – that’s what I’ve been calling it since I got it.

What was your previous project?

A: This is the first car I’ve ever owned, unless you count me driving my mom’s 89 Grand Am around, HAHA.

What is your next project?

A: I plan to keep this car for a very, very, very long time, so if all goes well, maybe there will be no other project?

What one word best describes your car?


Owner Information:

Name- Steel Seitzinger

Address- Bethel, PA

E-mail- SSeitz9165@Hotmail.com

Occupation- Student

Club Affiliations- dubEVOLUTION www.dubevolution.com

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1997

Make- Volkswagen

Model- GTI VR6 Drivers Edition

Mileage- 70k

Original Color- Jazz Blue

Current Color- Jazz Blue

Engine- VR6 2.8L

Engine Modifications- Vortech V1 polished supercharger with color-matched Jazz Blue connector hoses; 2000 VR6 motor (longblock); ATP Stage II chip; 310cc injectors; 4 bar fuel pressure regulator; Turn2 motor mount; New Dimensions blue spark plug wires; Bosch Super 16V spark plugs; low-temp fan switch; INXX hoodlifts; Optima Yellow Top battery color-matched Jazz Blue; MkIV strut caps; color-matched power steering cap, coolant cap, washer fluid cap, and oil dipstick; custom polished manifold, throttle body, and alternator; European radiator support and rebar

Exhaust Modifications- Magnaflow muffler with custom bent pipes and removed suitcase muffler

Transmission Modifications- Kraftswerk 5-speed transmission; Quaife limited-slip differential; Sachs clutch kit; Autotech lightened flywheel; Dieselgeek short shifter cut down 1″

Suspension Modifications- H&R Stage 1 adjustable coilovers

Brake Modifications- Zimmerman cross-drilled 11.3″ rotors front and rear; Mintex Red Box brake pads with ATE Super Blue brake fluid; blue-painted calipers

Wheels and Tires- Authentic Porsche Boxster 17×7″ w/ H&R 25mm spacers/adapters; Yokohama Parada Spec 2 205/40-17

Exterior/Body Modifications- Hella MkIV-Look headlights with plasma blue headlight bulbs; custom welded and shaped metal boser hood; custom welded Sprinter vent; Hella clear taillights custom-sprayed M3-style; JOM badgeless grille; Rieger GTX front lip; Abt rear wing; clear sidemarkers; custom clear turn signals; shorty antenna; color-matched door handles and upper roof spoiler; debadged rear with Audi 2.8 badge; custom front Euro plate; removed and plugged rear wiper

Interior Modifications- Audi TT pedals and dead pedal; MOMO Race Airleather Aluminum shift knob; custom-fitted Audi TT shift boot and shift ring; silver-sprayed dash pieces; Autometer boost and air/fuel gauges in an Autometer dual gauge A-pillar pod; JOM aluminum door pins; aluminum doorsills engraved ‘GTI VR6’; tinted windows – 20% all around

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X717 head unit; JL Audio 12″ W6 sub in a Q Logic Type 2 box; Profile California Series 600W amp; Power Acoustik 6 3/4″ speakers; Lightning Audio 1 Farad Capacitor; Viper 300 ESP alarm

Thanks/Props- Special thanks to my body shop Patriot Collision in Hamburg, PA; all my friends who helped me out; Ulrich’s Sales and Service in Morgantown, PA for their hard work with the mechanical aspect; especially everyone who ever helped me on the Vortex with all my stupid questions and posts…THANKS!

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