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Next up, and winner of this week's NGP Racing $50.00 gift certificate is VWvortex reader: Short trunk Jetta
Q: How long have you owned this car?
A: 11 years.
Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?
A: Yes - I’ve shortened the trunk about 12 inches.
Q: What was your objective with this car?
A: I have modified it to be a low cost racer, while at the same time I've tried to make it perform as fast as possible.
Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?
A: Auto-crosser, rally car, production track car.
Q: Who helped you build this car?
A: Garage Paul Delage and Corky Bell with his book, Maximum Boost.
Q: What makes your car special?
A: Its look and turbocharged engine.
Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?
A: The blow off valve.
Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?
A: My inspiration came from a moment spent in a BMW dealer's parking lot in 1997. I parked my Jetta between a 325 and a 318Ti, and the rest, as they say, is history...
Q: What don't you like about this car?
A: The speed shift system.
Q: What would you change if you could?
A: I'd change the paint to something a bit less flashy, to make a real sleeper out of it.
Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?
A: A "9.8."
Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?
A: I'd buy an Audi TT Quattro, cut its floor and make it full-time AWD, and add a ceramic ball bearing turbocharger!
Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?
A: The other autocrossers at my local club and Canadian rally drivers.
Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?
A: It's awesome, quick and reliable considering its budget.
Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?
A: On any race track.
Q: What is your ideal day with this car?
A: At the Nürburgring!
Q: Who gets to drive this car?
A: The new owner, since 2002.
Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?
A: "Use OEM parts as much as possible, they are tested and reliable yet, even if it’s a Volvo oil cooler!"
Q: If you had to name your car, what would you name it?
A: The Hybrid, or Jetta Coupe Turbo, or Jettolf, or Jetta Ti...
Q: What was your previous project?
A: A 1980 VW Rabbit.
Q: What is your next project?
A: A 1981 Scirocco S 2.0L 8V, and another 1981 Scirocco with 5-cyl turbo mid-rear engine and RWD.
Name- François East
Address- Quebec, Canada
E-mail- [email protected]
Occupation- Car parts clerk
Club Affiliations- vwklub Kebec, Delta autosport club,
Mileage- 268,000 km
Original Color- Silver
Current Color- Red-Yellow-Blue-Silver
Engine- 1.8 L SOHC 8V turbocharged
Engine Modifications- Lightened and balanced G60 short block; cross-flow cyl head; all listed at www.snstuning.com in "Rides" section
Exhaust Modifications- 2“ straight pipe; custom downpipe
Transmission Modifications- 1989 16V GTI with Quaife differential
Suspension Modifications- Bilstein Road Race inserts with AFCO coils-overs
Brake Modifications- Corrado G60 brake system; EBC brake pads
Wheels and Tires- 15x10” front & 15x8” rear; 255/40-15 front & 225/45-15 rear Hoosier road race tires
Exterior/Body Modifications- Wider front and rear fenders; shortened trunk
Interior Modifications- Stripped; roll cage; white with race seats and belts
Thanks/Props- Garage Paul Delage; Gosselin Exhausts; Import Expert; Auto Deco stickers; JRP Canada; Turbo Expert; Bosch Canada
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